I don’t adore the new Jay-Z album. It starts out pretty strong, and I love the “Run This Town” single (plus the crazy speculation over the masonic symbolism in the video). But I agree with this review — that it would have worked nicely as an EP but it really runs out of gas about six songs in.
But man alive, it’s worth having even a so-so album just to get Jay-Z onto the talk show circuit. He was on Letterman last night, effectively throwing Dave’s shtick back at him. Typical exchange:
DL: What did you do this summer?
JZ: Vacation. Tan.
And check out at 4:30 when he makes fun of Dave for trying to ask about his musical relationship with Beyonce.