What More Can He Say? It’s been ten years since Jay Z released his seminal Black Album and announced that he was leaving the game forever. (We know how that went.) To celebrate the decade that was, here’s a review of some of Hova’s greatest accomplishments in the years since he announced his post-Black “retirement”:
Fade To Black
What’s retirement without a farewell party? Jay’s retirement blowout at New York’s Madison Square Garden — the arena sold out within a day, and included appearances from his future wife Beyonce, and announcer Michael Buffer to send him off properly — was filmed and later released as a documentary called Fade to Black.
Just kidding! Four more albums
2006 saw the unretirement of Jay with the release of Kingdom Come in November (it moved 680,000 copies its first week out, his best numbers to date). Then came the American Gangster concept album, inspired by the Denzel Washington movie of the same name, in 2007, and debuted at no. 1 yet again. The Blueprint 3 followed in 2009 (yet again, a no. 1) and spawned the monster hits “Empire State of Mind” and “Run This Town.”
July 4, 2013 brought his 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail –also his first to sell one million copies in a single week, albeit with an asterisk. With its Samsung tie-in Magna Carta helped shake up the standard practices of Billboard and the RIAA.