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.
What the critics say...
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..."
- Izzo (H.O.V.A)
- Girls, Girls, Girls
- Jigga What, Jigga Who
- Big Pimpin'
- Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
- Can I Get A...
- Hard Knock Life (The Ghetto Anthem)
- Ain't No
- Can't Knock The Hustle / Family Affair - (featuring Mary J. Blige)
- Song Cry
- I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
- Jigga That N***