So instead of posting a video, I’m posting a classic album (or mixtape) if you will this week. This week goes on to feature our dear “Greatest MC” in what is his only “official” mixtape back in 2003, when he was discussing The Black Album‘s second concept, which was him trying to go back to the time period before Reasonable Doubt. Remember the original one of just 12 tracks & 12 different producers? Or the S. Carter shoe for that matter? Yup, I remember that XXL ad. Me & Young Sea were talking about this album last night and had a thought that made a hell of a lot of sense.

“Sometimes you listen to Jay and feel inspired to write, but then realize who’s rapping and then you just quit.”


Tracklist x Download link after the jump.

01 – Young, Black, & Gifted (Freestyle) (Mariah Carey Interlude)
02 – Pump It Up (Freestyle)
03 – Only A Customer
04 – Beyonce Interlude
05 – Bump Bump Bump (Freestyle)
06 – I Don’t Want To Be Alone (Remix) (featuring Shai)
07 – Notorious B.I.G. Interlude
08 – Flava In Ya Ear (Freestyle)
09 – Young G’s (featuring Puff Daddy & The Notorious B.I.G.)
10 – Russell Simons Interlude
11 – If I Can’t (Freestyle)
12 – This Life Forever
13 – OG Interlude
14 – Rock Star (Freestyle)
15 – Rock My World (Remix) (featuring Micheal Jackson)
16 – Like That (featuring Kid Capri)
17 – Beware of the Boys (Remix) (featuring Punjabi MC)
18 – Beautiful (Blend) (featuring Mary J. Blige & 2Pac)
19 – In My Lifetime (Remix)
20 – Outro (Freestyle)
21 – Outro

DOWNLOAD: Jay-Z – S. Carter Collection
BONUS: Jay-Z – In My Lifetime (Remix)