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To celebrate the tenth anniversary of 'The Black Album', here are ten things you didn't know about one of Jay's most iconic albums.
Like many of Jay Z's records, the album was promoted as his final release, but of course the rapper returned in 2006 with 'Kingdom Come'.
Ironically, of all Jay's peers, it was Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' that beat 'The Black Album' to be crowned Best Rap Album at the 47th Grammy AWards.
That's pretty good - imagine how many albums have been released in the history of music.
Jay originally wanted each 'The Black Album' track to have a different producer but in the end Kanye, The Neptunes and Just Blaze each produced two tracks. Producers whose tracks missed out included Dr Dre and Just Blaze.
Two Clipse tracks - 'Number One Supplier' and 'Where You Been' - are based on songs from 'The Black Album', while T.I.'s 'Bring Em Out' is based on a line from 'What More Can I Say'.
Obviously that was enough to comfortably give Jay Z the number one spot.
Don't believe us? Go to YouTube and search for Ice T '99 Problems'. The song, which has gone on to become one of Jay's biggest tracks, also includes five additional samples from other tracks.
That's something you do when you know you've recorded a piece of history.
The album, which famously features unauthorised Beatles samples, became notorious purely through record label EMI's attempt to halt its distribution, even though Jay Z and Sir Paul McCartney were behind the record.
You only have to listen to 'The Black Album' today to hear that this was Jay's masterful breakthrough into the mainstream. The record only featured three singles - 'Change Clothes', 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder' and '99 Problems' - but what a trio of tracks that is. It's the album that the mainstream still references; especially Jay's biggest fan: the president of the United States of America.