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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2010
Nobody is being misled here; this album does indeed contain all of Jay-Z's biggest hits. Unfortunately, 'greatest hits' doesn't always mean 'greatest songs', and that's why I can't recommend this too heartily. There's some fantastic tracks here, no doubt; '99 Problems' and 'Big Pimpin' have phenomenal beats courtesy of Rick Rubin and Timbaland, and Jay is spitting fire over them, and the likes of 'Izzo (H.O.V.A)' and 'Empire State Of Mind' are classics in their own right as well.

But this record just does not contain the best of Jay either musically or lyrically; there's nothing from Reasonable Doubt, arguably his best album - I'd argue that 'Can I Live', 'Can't Knock The Hustle' and 'D'Evils' are better than anything on here, for a start, especially lyrically where Jay is incredibly poetic rapping tales of coming up hustling on the streets. The Blueprint is barely represented either, when tracks like the emotional 'Song Cry' and the Nas-killing 'Takeover' represent jigga at his absolute best.

Obviously, it's a natural drawback for this sort of compilation that it's going to omit stuff, but when the drab R'n'B-lite songs such as 'Run This Town' and '03 Bonnie And Clyde' are making the cut, and completely classic tracks from his back catalogue are missing out it renders this compilation both incomplete and unrepresentative.

Sometimes you can recommend Greatest Hits albums as an introduction to the artist, but this doesn't even serve that purpose, as it just doesn't paint a proper picture of who Jay-Z is. For every radio hit on Jay's albums there's always three or four brilliant album tracks, with great sampling, great flow and great lyrics. At best, this is a good album for people who only like commercial music that's easy to consume and full of hooks. Otherwise, The Blueprint is a far better album both in content and cohesion, as is Reasonable Doubt and The Black Album, so buy one of those instead and make your way into Jay's catalogue that way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2011
All of the Jay-Z tracks you love and some you might have forgotten about. A great collection. If you're a fan of Shawn Carter or even if you just like a couple of his songs, this is a great addition to any CD collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2011
This CD is simply brilliant. If you ever wanted to buy just one Jay-Z album, this would be it! Some of his best tracks on one CD!
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on 25 May 2012
This is my first ever Jay-Z album and I have never been a Jay-Z fan in the past. Now I understand the hype behind the man as this album delivers some of his best tracks. Great rhyming and great music come together to make a great album. Doesn't get full 5 stars as some tracks I didn't like but the majority are nice.
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on 4 April 2014
Great selection of classic songs. Reasonably priced MP3 album. No fillers, just winners. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who marginally likes Jay-Z
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on 8 August 2012
From start to finish every track is bang on brilliant. if you you're a fan on Jay Z and you don't own all his records then this really is a must have
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on 26 October 2012
great album, easy listening with a great messages being passed through. would highly recommend this album to anyone who's not been a fan before!
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on 21 May 2014
Anyone who knows and enjoys a few of Jay-Z's better known hits will want to add this to their collection.
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on 27 January 2014
bought on a whim didnt own any jay-z and realy like this missing a few tracks but still a good starter.
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on 4 February 2013
love the man - great album

this is always in one of the 8 slots in my CD changer in my car!
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