Review: Jay-Z "The Dynasty"

Posted: October 9, 2000 in Music
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Go ahead and say it. Wasn’t it just yesterday that Jay-Z’s last album came out?

It was actually 10 months ago, but who’s counting?

So even though “Big Pimpin’ ” is still getting mad airplay, we have another offering from the Jiggaman, “The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000.

As the subtitle suggests, the album is not just about Jay-Z. It comes off as more of a clique album than a solo effort, yet avoids feeling like a cheap attempt at boosting record sales for the Roc-A-Fella coffers.

The “La Familia” tag is an appropriate one because this album is all about family. The whole Roc-A-Fella crew is all over this thing, including the irritating Amil and Memphis Bleek.

Jigga knows this, however, and does a good job of limiting their roles so they don’t take away from the disc’s value. Helping him do this are some of the industry’s best producers. You’ll find Just Blaze, Rockwilder and local geniuses the Neptunes setting sonic backdrops.

Not that Mr. Carter isn’t rhyming great because he is. He continues to show off his outrageous braggadocio on tracks like “Parkin’ Lot Pimpin’ ” and “1-900-Hustler” and spits absolute flame at his competitors on “Squeeze 1st.”

“Change the Game” will get backsides bouncing and “Stick 2 the Script” features some fly piano chords. However, the hangin’ cut is “I Just Wanna Luv U,”

Mistakenly referred to as “Give It to Me,” this joint was on Jay-Z’s mind for some time. He admits that he had the hook for a minute, but “n0 one could come up with the beat until the Neptunes did.”

Despite falling on tired cliches, the CD is a solid piece 0f work, The few introspective tracks give it just the right mix of music to warrant a big-up.


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