NAKHI ALLAH said:
the lyrics on AG were cool ...i did not like the beats as much as other jigga lps...
vol 2 is my fave though...i aint heard a lp by him that has changed my mind yet
This shows you the different groups of Jay-Z fans
Group 1 Commerical Jay-Z fans this is the group that says The Black Album and American Gangster were wack but love Vol 2. They don't really listen to Jay-Z these are your people who get educated on music through TV and Radio. They probably never even heard Vol 1 or Reasonable Doubt. Bandwagon fans
Group 2 Street level fans, these kats love Jay-Z the hustler so Reasonable Doubt, Vol 1, and American Gangster are classics. They don't wanna hear about the bling, money, cash, or hoes. They just wanna hear J spit that real ish about the streets, hustling, relationships, loyalty, betrayal etc.
Group 3 is combination of groups 1 and 2 this group embraces the variety of Jay-Z, they tend to not expect anything from a Jay album but just experience it. They tend the let the album grow on them before being to judgmental or forming an opinion on it. These are probably the most loyal of Jay-Z fans and can name any song off of any album. They also have the most difficult time rating the albums because they appreciate something off of every album and understand each one has something different to offer. Although they might agree that Blueprint 2 and Kingdom Come are not his best offerings they still can appreciate them. Overall they might consider the blueprint to be his most well rounded album.
I'm in group 3. Its hard for me to pick my favorite album laltely I've been leaning towards the black album though. Cats that say American Gangster is trash just don't have a true ear for the lyrical Jay-Z, or they just want something they can Dougie to. Its in my top 5 Jay albums, its real smooth to listen to, and his lyrics potent enough to engage me throughout the album. I really can't get into Vol 2 because its to commercial (bling blingy Ja Rulish Jermaine Duprish Amil etc)