Unplugged and Chillin’
MTV unplugged another party boy, let him loose to play; created another album geared to fandom. Shawn Carter, AKA, Jay Z threw himself a party; guest-listed The Roots and Mary J. Blige. Unplugged takes Jay Zâ€šÃ„Ã´s greatest hits and mixes them into one self-gratifying album. If you know his music and can appreciate his East Coast-Gangsta rap style, Unplugged will be a classic edition to your album collection.His ghetto style is maximized by legendary Philly cats, The Roots. Their live instrumentation and acoustic based sounds play off this rapperâ€šÃ„Ã´s vision. The Roots, known for their free-styling, groove building abilities, added some class to this rapperâ€šÃ„Ã´s delight. They did an above average job trying to mimic Jay-Zâ€šÃ„Ã´s beats. The Roots blended nice with Jay Z, respected his music, but added to his art. It is true, rap is rap, but The Roots are indeed The Roots, legends in old school hip-hop; born and bread in Philly.
Unplugged is a mixture of Jay Zâ€šÃ„Ã´s best. Track three, Girls, Girls, Girls, will make any boy, any tool feel like a lover; a master in bed. Hard Knock Life, track 8 can make the stiffest person bounce. The lyrics are playful, and The Roots attempt at an acoustic take-over gives this old school music, a lively re-newel, a re-birth. Mary J. Blige, queen bee visits in track ten, Canâ€šÃ„Ã´t Knock the Hustle. Jay Z and Blige are a hip-hop duo that actually works. She adds something soft; pretty to his ghetto-nature.
Jay Z, MTV Unplugged is for the fans, not for the first-timers. Be aware that Jay Zâ€šÃ„Ã´s rap is for the people, his people. His rap is feel good music, a little silly; always fun. Unplugged is a well-received sample of the sweet stuff and is an obvious party in Jay Zâ€šÃ„Ã´s honor.