I like it. Yeah, it obviously doesn't top Reasonable Doubt, and it isn't sound lyric-wise (then again, it's Jay-Z), but the production is awesome and some songs like Heaven, F.U.T.W. and Jay Z Blue have good flow and lyrics.
1st song: Him talking about being famous
2nd song: He wants a picasso, and a billion dollars
How/why do regular people listen to this stuff? Unless you're in a club/party, these songs are just out of place and meaningless to me.
3rd song: "Clap for a ***** with his rapping ass." Wtf. Weird flow. Who the hell is Tom Ford? He's trying to sound like Drake, ew.
4th song: "Money talk, I speak flunent *****." Guy rhymes off the n-word for 40 seconds in the first verse. This song is like a rap parody. Dumb lyrics. "**** with me, you know I got it. Sexy bitch, I hope she 'bout it." I bet you're the first rapper to say that.
The quote in the beginning of track 4 is silly too. Not all black people in Africa wore gold. I imagine the type of person who hears that quote and is moved by it, and I judge them silently.
Jay-Z Blue: I stopped listening to the lyrics but this one at least doesn't have an annoying beat like the first 4.
There's no use for rap anymore besides parties. Who can sit there and listen to these guys brag about their money and degrade woman, and just shout their negative attitudes out with no melody. Such a depressing genre.
It's wack, I dunno why people don't listen to real music. Even real hip hop.
It used to bother me that people continue to say music like this (whether it's rap or rock or whatever) is good because it means, to me, that they haven't heard the scope of the shit that's out there. Now, I accept it.