I like this album as much as I like many other Jay Z albums. I think people have given it too much crap and that it’s as solid as anything he’s done that isn’t a classic album. I’ve actually played this through more times than I’ve played Yeezus but it’s no where near as good or as important. Mostly Jay is a mantle piece on this album, he’s a familiar voice talking about familiar things.
But we can’t be on hate mode non-stop. Jay Z is relevant but hip hop is passing him by, so let’s respect the past but remember that out of nowhere he might drop another bomb on us. Until then we’ll just have to be cool listening to him rhyme Maybach in every single way possible.