Fans Celebrate the 13th Anniversary of Jay Z’s ‘The Black Album’
Jay Z dropped The Black Album 13 years ago today. In light of the anniversary, fans from all over the world have been showing their appreciation for the album on social media as #TheBlackAlbum has been trending all day.
The Black Album is Jay Z's sixth studio album, and was originally promoted as his final project before retiring from the rap game in 2003. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 463,000 copies in its first week. According to Billboard, The Black Album became Jay Z's top selling record of the 2000s and the 136th highest selling record of the decade in the United States. It is now certified 3x platinum by RIAA.
Initially, Jay wanted a 13 track album with a different producer on each song and no features. However, when the album came out it had 14 tracks and one feature. There were only 12 producers total and Jus Blaze, Kanye West and the Neptunes all produced two or more songs. Pharrell was the only feature on the album, for the top ten hit "Change Clothes." Judging by how well the album did, the final switched decision was a great one.
Take a look below at some of the reactions people had once realizing today is the 13th anniversary of such a legendary album.
Us too, Rida... Us too.