Hip-hop heads, did you know that Jay-Z’s 2003 retirement album The Black Album was supposed to have 12 songs produced by 12 different producers?



After being in the rap game for over a decade and running it for more than five years, The Black Album was primed to be Hov’s last record and he was determined to go out with a bang.

Even at the early stages of the album’s marketing campaign, the flyers has the slogan “12 songs… 12 producers…” and listed the names: The Neptunes, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Trackmasters, Eminem, DJ Quik, Ski and Timbaland.

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Unfortunately this wasn’t the case of the final product, although we did get 14 songs by 10 producers – Just Blaze, Kanye West, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Rick Rubin, DJ Quik, Eminem, 9th Wonder, The Buchanans and Aqua.

Just Blaze contributed 3 tracks – “Interlude,” “December 4th” and the fan favourite “Public Service Announcement (Interlude),” Kanye produced 2 – “Encore” and “Lucifer” and The Neptunes produced 2 – “Change Clothes” and “Allure.” Everybody else contributed one beat.

Fortunately, even without Dre and Premo, The Black Album turned out to be another masterpiece from Jay-Z. The album included now classic joints like “What More Can I Say,” “99 Problems,” “Public Service Announcement (Interlude)” and remains one of his’s best releases of all time. Jay-Z actually recently ranked all his albums and placed The Black Album third – behind his darlings Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint.

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