Jay-Z

Album: American Gangster

Label: : Roc-a-fella

Released: Nov. 6

**** (out of five)

 




Though not the official soundtrack, Jigga’s American Gangster still mines the vaults of ’70s soul jams from that era to add depth and poignancy to his flow. Starting with the tense string-suite swirled beats of Pray; through the smooth Marvin Gaye-assisted shuffle of American Dreamin’; on to the bongo drive of Sweet and culminating with the organ-loop slam of Success (featuring Nas) and the cautionary vibe of Fallin’, the tracks are kept in chronological step.