The Evolution of Jay Z

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From Marcy to Madison Square

After The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse (yet another No. 1 of course), Jay announced he was releasing one more album and then retiring. His purported swan song, 2003's The Black Album, was simply fantastic, boasting classics like "Encore," "99 Problems," and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," and selling 3 million copies in the U.S. alone. Jay said good-bye — for now — with an unforgettable concert at Madison Square Garden, and a film documenting it, Fade to Black.

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