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Taken from a 2001 MTV Unplugged session, this Unplugged album took Jay-Z's music and reputation to a new level, brilliantly replacing his trademark samples with live playing and showcasing his lyrical genius at its most natural. Listening to Jay-Z flowing over the inspired strings and rhythm section of R&B legends, accompanied by guests May J. Blige and Pharrell, is an original, personal and equally impressive experience for die-hard fans and newcomers to Jay-Z.
"The intuitive interplay between Jay-Z and The Roots is a particular pleasure on Unplugged, for the listener and evidently for the musicians too. Working together on the Unplugged album was the start of a long-working relationship between The Roots and Jay-Z. Questlove went on to act as musical director for the Jigga's 'farewell' concert in Madison Square Garden, (featured in the Fade To Black film) and Jay-Z then signed the band up to the Def Jam label, fulfiling the band's long-term ambition. "