An underrated masterpiece.
younger hip-hop fans (if you can even call them that) seem to be dismissing this album, which is a great shame because this body of work is of a far higher caliber than the poorly executed, mumble rap offerings of today’s rap stars.
This cohesive, thoughtful, mature, progressive album is a masterpiece. Lyrically, it’s a love story set to music, detailing the struggles of the marriage of music’s most powerful couple. But themes of oppression, generational wealth, success, fun, loyalty, love, and growth also play their part. It’s relatable, yet cinematic. Angry, yet resolved. Sad, yet elated.
The production on the album is far superior to any pop, rap, or hip hop album released in recent times (with the exception of Astroworld, perhaps).
This was the perfect conclusion to the Carter Trilogy, and is truly an album that will stand the test of time.