With endless amounts of awards over the last decade and approximately 50 million albums sold worldwide, I think it’s about time this unrelenting performer released a compilation of his best songs. We never really know if he’s retired or not, after each public retiring announcement comes another hit album, he just physically can’t stop. And why should he? He’s obviously doing something right, whether his enemies, past and present, like it or not. But with those issues fully resolved what’s left is an artist with a decade of chart smashing albums with recognition from more awards than most can fathom.
On this album you’ll find 14 of Jay-Z’s top hits from Hard Knock Life to Empire State Of Mind, his latest musical duo with Alicia Keys which resulted in his very first number 1 single. He’s as smooth as James Brown’s voice and he’s got Beyonce Knowles on his arm. A perfect match no doubt. 03’ Bonnie & Clyde propelled the pair into the limelight not only as a romantically involved couple, but as a musical couple to watch out for. Beyonce wasn’t the only one to form a winning pair with him, he’s collaborated with the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Rianna, Nas, Mary J. Blige and the Notorious B.I.G.
Not many people can stand up to this reputation and though his place amongst “all time greats in music” has been previously doubted, he dissipated all the non believers by surpassing the record for the most number 1 albums when he released The Blueprint 3. Even if you don’t like his music, there’s no denying the talent that this man has and the distance he’s come from his Hard Knock Life days. I hardly doubt that the release of The Hits Collection will be the final album from Jay-Z, merely the beginning of a new chapter.