In Hip Hop History Today “Jay-Z released American Gangster” November 6, 2007
American Gangster is the tenth studio album by rapper Jay-Z released November 6, 2007 on Roc-A-Fella Records. It is his first concept album, which was inspired by the film of the same name. The album features production from Diddy & The Hitmen, Just Blaze, and The Neptunes, among others. Guest appearances include Beanie Sigel, Lil Wayne, Pharrell and Nas. Jay-Z released an a cappella version of the album on the date of his 38th birthday, December 4, 2007. The album was released to commercial success, despite being pulled from the iTunes Store at Jay-Z’s request, at the time of its initial release. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 425,861 copies in its first week, while tying Elvis Presley for the second most U.S. number-one albums. Upon its release, American Gangster received general acclaim from most music critics. Rolling Stone named it the third best album of 2007. The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments in excess of one million copies in the United States. Listen to American Gangster above.