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Jay-Z – The Black Album Credit Check [Rewind]

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15 years ago, we rushed to record stores to pickup what we thought would be the swan song, from the best rapper alive. The Black Album was the first Jay-Z album to receive minimal promotion. The only thing we knew, was that Hov was leaving.

One song was released prior to the drop. "Change Clothes", the friendly, synth-driven bounce provided by The Neptunes featured Pharrell crooning on the hook. The video, directed by Chris Robinson was a star-studded affair, with cameos from Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons, Memphis Bleek, Mary J. Blige, Beanie Sigel, talk show host Kelly Ripa, models Naomi Campbell, Jessica White, Liliana Dominguez, Jade Cole, D. Woods, Mos Def, and more. The backdrop of a fashion show complete with models walking the runway was grandiose and very much in line with Hov's vibe at the time.

The album also spawned Fade to Black, a full length documentary, which chronicled the process of recording the album. We watched Jay go through beats and bring in producers to Bassline Studios We watched his reaction, both good and bad to producers both known and unknown.

13 Producers would make the final cut. Just Blaze, The Buchanans, Kanye West, The Neptunes, Timbaland, 9th Wonder, Emimem, Luis Resto, Rick Rubin, DJ Quik, and Aqua.

What's Your Favorite Beat From The Black Album?

Let us not forget the legendary Guru, the recording and mixing engineer for this and many magical rides with the Rocafella team as well as the countless other engineers and studio personnel who contributed to this classic album. You can find the full listing below.

Take a look at the credits, show these creators some love and enjoy a trip down memory lane with The Black Album. We'd love to know what your favorite beat is. Hit our Instagram or leave it in the comments below!

Interlude

Producer
  • Just Blaze
Composer
  • Justin Smith
  • Justin Smith
  • Shawn Carter
Lyricist
  • Shawn Carter
  • Justin Smith
Author
  • Shawn Carter
  • Justin Smith
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Music Publisher
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • EMI Blackwood Music Inc.

December 4th

Producer
  • Just Blaze
Composer
  • Justin Smith
  • Justin Smith
  • Walter Boyd
  • Elijah Powell
  • Shawn Carter
Lyricist
  • Elijah Powell
  • Walter Boyd
  • Justin Smith
  • Shawn Carter
Author
  • Elijah Powell
  • Walter Boyd
  • Justin Smith
  • Shawn Carter
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Music Publisher
  • Carter Boys Music
  • Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
  • F.O.B. Music Publishing
  • SONGS OF UNIVERSAL, INC.
  • Van McCoy Music Inc.
  • Oceans Blue Music Ltd.
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
Recording Engineer
  • David Brown
Studio Personnel
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
  • David Brown

What More Can I Say

Producer
  • The Buchannans
Composer
  • Shawn Carter
  • Thomas Bell
  • Jamal Johnson
  • Roland Chambers
  • Kenneth Gamble
  • Andre Gonzalez
Lyricist
  • Shawn Carter
  • Thomas Bell
  • Jamal Johnson
  • Roland Chambers
  • Kenneth Gamble
  • Andre Gonzalez
Additional Vocals
  • Vincent Bostic
Associated Performer
  • Vincent Bostic
Author
  • Thomas Bell
  • Jamal Johnson
  • Roland Chambers
  • Andre Gonzalez
  • Kenneth Gamble
  • Shawn Carter
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Ken "Supa Engineer" Duro
Music Publisher
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • Jamal Johnson pub desig.
  • Curley Kid Flava
  • 48 Laws of Power Publishing
  • Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
  • Carter Boys Music
  • Andre Gonzalez pub desig.
Recording Engineer
  • Bill Klatt
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Studio Personnel
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
  • Ken "Supa Engineer" Duro
  • Bill Klatt

Encore

Producer
  • Kanye West
Composer
  • Shawn Carter
  • John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney
  • Kanye West
Lyricist
  • Shawn Carter
  • John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney
  • Kanye West
Additional Vocals
  • John Legend
  • Don Crawley
  • Leonard Harris
  • Kanye West
Associated Performer
  • Kanye West
  • John Legend
  • Don Crawley
  • Leonard Harris
Author
  • Kanye West
  • Paul McCartney
  • John Lennon
  • Shawn Carter
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
  • Jimmy Douglas
Music Publisher
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • Ye World Music
  • Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
  • Carter Boys Music
Recording Engineer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Studio Personnel
  • Jimmy Douglas
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton

Change Clothes

Producer
  • The Neptunes
Composer
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Shawn Carter
Lyricist
  • Shawn Carter
  • Pharrell Williams
Additional Vocals
  • Danne Doty
Associated Performer
  • Danne Doty
Author
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Shawn Carter
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Rich Travali
Music Publisher
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
  • Waters Of The Nazareth Publishing
  • Chase Chad Music
  • Carter Boys Music
Recording Engineer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Studio Personnel
  • Rich Travali
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton

Dirt Off Your Shoulders

Producer
  • Timbaland
Composer
  • Tim Mosley
  • Shawn Carter
Lyricist
  • Shawn Carter
  • Tim Mosley
Asst. Recording Engineer
  • Marcella Araica
Author
  • Tim Mosley
  • Shawn Carter
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Jimmy Douglas
Music Publisher
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • Virginia Beach Music
  • Carter Boys Music
Recording Engineer
  • Demacio "Demo" Castellon
Studio Personnel
  • Jimmy Douglas
  • Marcella Araica
  • Demacio "Demo" Castellon

Threat

Producer
  • Jay-Z
  • 9th Wonder
Composer
  • R. Kelly
  • Shawn Carter
  • P. Douhit
Lyricist
  • R. Kelly
  • Shawn Carter
  • P. Douhit
Associated Performer
  • Cedric the Entertainer
Asst. Recording Engineer
  • David Brown
Author
  • R. Kelly
  • P. Douhit
  • Shawn Carter
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Music Publisher
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • Zomba Songs Inc.
  • Image Nation Music
  • R. Kelly Publishing Inc.
  • Carter Boys Music
Recording Engineer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Spoken Word
  • Cedric the Entertainer
Studio Personnel
  • David Brown
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton

Moment Of Clarity

Producer
  • Luis Resto
  • Eminem
Composer
  • Shawn Carter
  • Marshall Mathers
  • Steve King
  • Luis Resto
Lyricist
  • Shawn Carter
  • Marshall Mathers
  • Steve King
  • Luis Resto
Additional Producer
  • Luis Resto
Associated Performer
  • Luis Resto
  • Steve King
Author
  • Luis Resto
  • Steve King
  • Marshall Mathers
  • Shawn Carter
Guitar
  • Steve King
Keyboards
  • Luis Resto
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Steve King
  • Eminem
Music Publisher
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • Resto World Music
  • Eight Mile Style
  • Jaceff Music
  • Carter Boys Music
Recording Engineer
  • Mike Strange
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
  • Steve King
Studio Personnel
  • Steve King
  • Eminem
  • Mike Strange
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton

99 Problems

Producer
  • Rick Rubin
Composer
  • Alphonso Henderson
  • Norman Landsberg
  • Landsberg
  • Tracy Marrow
  • Squier
  • Pappalardi
  • Felix Pappalardi
  • Rick Rubin
  • William Squier
  • Leslie Weinstein
  • Weinstein
  • Marrow
  • CARTER
  • Ventura
  • HENDERSON
  • Rubin
  • Shawn Carter
  • John Ventura
Lyricist
  • Leslie Weinstein
  • John Ventura
  • Alphonso Henderson
  • Tracy Marrow
  • Norman Landsberg
  • Felix Pappalardi
  • Rick Rubin
  • William Squier
  • Shawn Carter
Associated Performer
  • Jay-Z
Author
  • Shawn Carter
  • William Squier
  • Rick Rubin
  • Felix Pappalardi
  • John Ventura
  • Alphonso Henderson
  • Leslie Weinstein
  • Tracy Marrow
  • Norman Landsberg
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Andrew Scheps
  • Rick Rubin
Music Publisher
  • Lastrada Entertainment Co.
  • Songs Of The Knight
  • Universal Music Publishing MGB
  • EMI April Music
  • Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
  • Reach Global Inc.
  • Spirit Music Publishing Ltd.
  • Warner Chappell North America
  • Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Programmer
  • Jason Lader
Recording Engineer
  • Andrew Scheps
Studio Personnel
  • Rick Rubin
  • Andrew Scheps

Interlude

Producer
  • Just Blaze
Composer
  • Raymond Levin
  • Justin Smith
  • Justin Smith
  • Shawn Carter
Lyricist
  • Raymond Levin
  • Justin Smith
  • Shawn Carter
Author
  • Shawn Carter
  • Justin Smith
  • Raymond Levin
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Music Publisher
  • Carter Boys Music
  • F.O.B. Music Publishing
  • Edgewater Music Inc.
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
Recording Engineer
  • David Brown
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Studio Personnel
  • David Brown
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton

Justify My Thug

Producer
  • DJ Quik
Composer
  • Darryl McDaniels
  • David Blake
  • Joseph Simmons
  • Ingrid Chavez
  • Lawrence Smith
  • Madonna Ciccone
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Shawn Carter
Lyricist
  • Shawn Carter
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Madonna Ciccone
  • Lawrence Smith
  • Ingrid Chavez
  • Joseph Simmons
  • David Blake
  • Darryl McDaniels
Additional Vocals
  • Sharlotte Gibson
Associated Performer
  • Sharlotte Gibson
Asst. Recording Engineer
  • Chris Steflene
Author
  • Shawn Carter
  • Darryl McDaniels
  • David Blake
  • Joseph Simmons
  • Ingrid Chavez
  • Lawrence Smith
  • Madonna Ciccone
  • Lenny Kravitz
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mix Engineer
  • Darrell Thorp
Mixer
  • DJ Quik
Music Publisher
  • Carter Boys Music
  • Miss Bessie Music
  • Reach Global Songs
  • WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
  • Skyfish Music
  • WB Music Corp. o/b/o itself and Webo Girl Publishing, Inc.
  • Rabasse Music Ltd.
  • Rush Groove Music
  • Q Baby Music
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • Universal Music Publishing
Recording Engineer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Studio Personnel
  • Darrell Thorp
  • Chris Steflene
  • DJ Quik
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton

Lucifer

Producer
  • Kanye West
Composer
  • Hugh Perry
  • Max Smith
  • Kanye West
  • Shawn Carter
Lyricist
  • Shawn Carter
  • Kanye West
  • Max Smith
  • Hugh Perry
Associated Performer
  • Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway
Asst. Recording Engineer
  • David Brown
Author
  • Hugh Perry
  • Shawn Carter
  • Kanye West
  • Max Smith
Bass guitar
  • Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Music Publisher
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • Ye World Music
  • Universal Songs Of Polygram Intl.
  • Carter Boys Music
Recording Engineer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Studio Personnel
  • David Brown
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton

Allure

Producer
  • The Neptunes
Composer
  • Chad Hugo
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Shawn Carter
Lyricist
  • Shawn Carter
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Chad Hugo
Author
  • Shawn Carter
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Chad Hugo
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Music Publisher
  • Waters Of The Nazareth Publishing
  • Chase Chad Music
  • Carter Boys Music
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
  • EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
Recording Engineer
  • Gimel Keaton
Studio Personnel
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
  • Gimel Keaton

My 1st Song

Producer
  • Aqua
  • Joe "3H" Weinberger
Composer
  • Shawn Carter
  • Germain De La Fuente
  • N. McCarrell
  • Joseph Weinberger
Lyricist
  • N. McCarrell
  • Joseph Weinberger
  • Germain De La Fuente
  • Shawn Carter
Asst. Recording Engineer
  • David Brown
Author
  • Joseph Weinberger
  • N. McCarrell
  • Germain De La Fuente
  • Shawn Carter
Main Artist
  • Jay-Z
Mixer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Music Publisher
  • Carter Boys Music
  • Beechwood Music Corp.
  • Copyright Control
  • EMI APRIL MUSIC INC.
Recording Engineer
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
Studio Personnel
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton
  • David Brown

Full Album Credits

keyboard:
Luis Resto (track 8)
additional producer:
Luis Resto (track 8)
additional vocals:
background vocals:
John Legend (track 4)
composer:
Thom Bell (track 3)
Roland Chambers (track 3)
Kenneth Gamble (track 3)
Shawn Carter (US rapper) (track 9)
Norman Landsberg (track 9)
Billy Squier (track 9)
Felix Pappalardi (track 9)
Rick Rubin (track 9)
John Ventura (track 9)
Leslie Weinstein (track 9)
lyricist:
Shawn Carter (US rapper) (track 9)
Norman Landsberg (track 9)
Billy Squier (track 9)
Felix Pappalardi (track 9)
Rick Rubin (track 9)
John Ventura (track 9)
Leslie Weinstein (track 9)
producer:
Patrick Douthit (track 7)
Aqua (LA hip-hop producer) (track 14)
The Buchannans (track 3)
Marshall Mathers (track 8)
Shawn Carter (US rapper) (track 7)
Just Blaze (tracks 1–2, 10)
The Neptunes (US producer duo Chad Hugo & Pharrell Williams) (tracks 5, 13)
David Blake (West Coast US rapper & producer) (track 11)
Timothy Mosley (track 6)
Joe "3H" Weinberger (track 14)
Kanye West (tracks 4, 12)
Rick Rubin (track 9)
writer:
Patrick Douthit (track 7)
Walter Boyd (track 2)
Ingrid Chavez (track 11)
Darryl McDaniels (Rapper Darryl McDaniels) (track 11)
Marshall Mathers (track 8)
Andre Gonzalez (Songwriter) (track 3)
Chad Hugo (tracks 5, 13)
Shawn Carter (US rapper) (tracks 1–8, 10–14)
Jamal Johnson (track 3)
Robert Kelly (track 7)
Steve King (hip hop producer, Aftermath-affiliated) (track 8)
Lenny Kravitz (track 11)
Raymond Levin (track 10)
Nicholas McCarrell (track 14)
Rainford Hugh Perry (track 12)
Elijah Powell (track 2)
David Blake (West Coast US rapper & producer) (track 11)
Luis Resto (track 8)
Joseph Simmons (US rapper Rev. Run of Run-D.M.C) (track 11)
Justin Smith (hip hop producer aka Just Blaze) (tracks 1–2, 10)
Larry Smith (American hip hop producer) (track 11)
Timothy Mosley (track 6)
Kanye West (tracks 4, 12)
Pharrell Williams (tracks 5, 13)
DJ-mixes:
has remixes:
99 Problems by Kno vs. Hov (track 9)
99 Problems (The Prodigy remix) (dirty) by Jay-Z (track 9)
Allure by Kno vs. Hov (track 13)
Change Clothes by Kno vs. Hov (track 5)
December 4th by Kno vs. Hov (track 2)
Encore by Kno vs. Hov (track 4)
Justify My Thug by Kno vs. Hov (track 11)
Lucifer by Kno vs. Hov (track 12)
Moment of Clarity by Kno vs. Hov (track 8)
My 1st Song by Kno vs. Hov (track 14)
PSA by Kno vs. Hov (track 10)
Threat by Kno vs. Hov (track 7)
What More Can I Say by Kno vs. Hov (track 3)
karaoke version of:
Dirt Off Your Shoulders by Kno vs. Hov (track 6)
mash-ups:
99 Conkers by Triple-Q (track 9)
Injection (pt. 1) by JV5 (track 9)
Injection (pt. 2) by JV5 (track 9)
Numb / Encore (explicit) by Jay-Z / Linkin Park (track 4)
sampled by:
Every Day by Girl Talk (track 6)
Oh No by Girl Talk (track 9)
samples:
A Woman's Threat by R. Kelly (track 7)
I Will by John Holt (track 4)
Justify My Love by Madonna (track 11)
Long Red by Mountain (track 9)
Rock Box by Run‐D.M.C. (track 11)
The Big Beat by Billy Squier (track 9)
is based on:
99 Problems (track 9)
A Woman's Threat (track 7)
I Chase the Devil (track 12)
Justify My Love (track 11)
Rock Box (track 11)
Seed of Love (track 10)
That's How Long (track 2)
is the basis for:
99 Problems (track 9)
Allure (track 13)
Change Clothes (track 5)
December 4th (track 2)
Encore (track 4)
Justify My Thug (track 11)
Lucifer (track 12)
Moment of Clarity (track 8)
My 1st Song (track 14)
PSA (track 10)
Threat (track 7)
recording of:
99 Problems (track 9)
Allure (track 13)
Change Clothes (track 5)
December 4th (track 2)
Encore (track 4)
Interlude (track 1)
Justify My Thug (track 11)
Lucifer (track 12)
Moment of Clarity (track 8)
My 1st Song (track 14)
Threat (track 7)
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