MTV Unplugged (Jay-Z album)

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Jay-Z: Unplugged
Live album by Jay-Z with The Roots
Released December 18, 2001 (U.S.)
Recorded November 18, 2001; MTV Studios in Times Square, New York
Genre Hip hop
Length 58:15
Label Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Producer Questlove, The Roots, Ski
Jay-Z chronology
The Blueprint
(2001)
Jay-Z: Unplugged
(2001)
The Best of Both Worlds
(2002)
The Roots chronology
Things Fall Apart
(1999)
Jay-Z: Unplugged
(2002)
Phrenology
(2002)

Jay-Z: Unplugged is rapper Jay-Z's 2001 music album that contains some of his past songs with live instruments performed by the hip-hop band The Roots. The album was recorded during the taping of a MTV Unplugged 2.0 episode on November 18, 2001. It sold more than 600,000 copies.

Reception[edit]

The album received generally positive reviews from most critics.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[4]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[5]
NME (7/10)[6]
RapReviews (8.0/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Village Voice (favorable)[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" - 5:08
  2. "Takeover" - 4:57
  3. "Girls, Girls, Girls" - 4:41
  4. "Jigga What, Jigga Who" - 2:34
  5. "Big Pimpin'" - 4:11
  6. "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)" - 4:05
  7. "Can I Get A..." - 1:42
  8. "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" - 1:31
  9. "Ain't No Nigga" - 1:02
  10. "Can't Knock the Hustle/Family Affair" (featuring Mary J. Blige) - 6:06
  11. "Song Cry" - 7:04
  12. "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" (featuring Pharrell) - 6:58
  13. "Jigga That Nigga"/"People Talking" - 8:22

All songs were produced by Questlove, The Roots; "People Talking" produced by Ski.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 20
U.S. Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 8

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MTV Unplugged (Jay-Z album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "CG: jay-z". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  4. ^ Reviewed by David Browne (2002-01-11). "Unplugged Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  5. ^ by (2002-01-29). "Jay-Z - MTV Unplugged | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  6. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Jay-Z : Unplugged". Nme.Com. 2002-01-15. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  7. ^ "Jay-Z :: Unplugged :: Roc-A-Fella Records". Rapreviews.com. 2001-12-21. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ Selwyn Seyfu Hinds (2002-01-15). "Kings of New York - Page 2 - Music - New York". Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 

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