Jay-Z - MTV Unplugged

posted Tuesday January 29 ,2002 at 12:00AM CST | 0 comments

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You get a 5 star rating in hiphopdx, 5 mics from the Source, you take a mobb and Esco's trash, release a film and get called The King Of New York. So what else is there to do? Nothing but a live album. And packed with 13 of his livest tracks, Jay Hova is on a roll.

The MTV recorded Unplugged series decided it's his turn, so, with the Roots in tow (never saw that coming), Jay Z invited some of his biggest friends and performed while they hollered back.

Tracks Izzo (H.O.V.A), a bouncy rendition Jigga What, Jigga Who and Big Pimpin. Also, Girls, Girls, Girls and a hilarious version of the Takeover, where the Roots do a cover from both mobb Deep and Nas tracks on their verses.

He takes us way back with Can't Knock The Hustle with a surprise appearance by Mary J Blige and get's the crowd moving with I Just Wanna Love You featuring Pharrell of Neptunes fame.

The highlight of the Cd is his smooth delivery of Heart Of The City(Ain't No Love) featuring Jaguar Wright who bangs out her vocals so hard that Jay even takes a step back.

If you missed the MTV aired performance then the CD is the enxt best thing. And with no Roc-a-fella appearances besides a silent, dancing Damon Dash and the advertising of the Blueprint 2 in November, you know that H to the Izzo is here to S to the Izzay.

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