Mtv Unplugged (Explicit Version) (Live) CD (2001)

Artist: Jay Z

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Label Polygram Label Group
SKU 60513132
UPC 731458661429
UPC 14 00731458661429
Format CD
Release Date 12/18/2001
Author Jay Z
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Associated Artist/Work Bleek, Memphis
Associated Artist/Work Bloodfire
Associated Artist/Work Cent, 50
Associated Artist/Work Dre, Dr.
Associated Artist/Work Jeezy, Young
Associated Artist/Work Killah, Ghostface
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Sean, Big
Associated Artist/Work Tapemasters, Inc.
Technical Info
Engineer Adam Blackburn
CatalogID 5866142
Lable Name Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Released 12/18/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 15s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00731458661429
Musical Guests
Mary J. Blige
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell.
Producers: Ahmir Thompson, The Roots, Alex Coletti.
Recorded live at MTV Studios, New York, New York on November 18, 2001.
Audio Mixers: Questlove; Richard Nichols; Russell Elevado.
Recording information: MTV Studios, Times Square, New York, NY (12/18/2001).
Director: Milt Lage.
Photographer: Walik Goshorn.
Following the success of Blueprint, Jay-Z took a break from the studio productions of Timbaland and Just Blaze and stepped into acoustic surroundings for a taped edition of MTV's long-running Unplugged series. With the talents of the Roots as his backing band, Jay-Z fails to miss a step and feels just as comfortable in the unplugged arena as he does with drum machines and a mixing desk in front of him. The skills of Roots drummer Ahmir Thompson emulate even the slightest nuance from the originally programmed electronic beats, and Jay-Z fails to take this for granted, gently shifting from one song to the next in medley form with ease. With a strong track listing spanning his entire career of chart-topping hits, this album is the perfect introduction to Jay-Z's prolific catalog and a fun listen for the most dedicated of fans. ~ Rob Theakston
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/31/02, p.52) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He expands his familair anthems with extemporaneous freestyle forays and smart instrumental interludes....Everything clicks [with] several points of pure delirium..."
Entertainment Weekly (1/11/02, pp.68-9) - "...A beautiful thing....cut from a different, more vibrant cloth: It adheres to, and respects, the original arrangements of his studio recordings, also building on them and adding a new, unheard element to his music: celebration..." - Rating: A
Q (2/02, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Jay-Z is a complex beast..."
NME (Magazine) (1/19/02, p.28) - 7 out of 10 - "...This is the sound of a man at the top of his game....underlining what an amazing back catalogue the man possesses..."
Disc 1
1 Izzo (H.O.V.A)
2 Takeover
3 Girls, Girls, Girls
4 Jigga What, Jigga Who
5 Big Pimpin'
6 Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
7 Can I Get A...
8 Hard Knock Life (The Ghetto Anthem)
9 Ain't No
10 Can't Knock the Hustle/Family Affair: Can't Knock The Hustle / Family Affair - (featuring Mary J. Blige)
11 Song Cry
12 I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
13 Jigga That N***

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