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American Gangster

ROC-A-FELLA/DEF JAM LOVE: Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. In the case of Jay-Z, his latest muse is a biopic about the life of Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas. Following the drastic shift in musical direction between his 2003 swan song, The Black Album, and his 2006 comeback disc, Kingdom Come, Jay needed something to get himself back on track. Fans of his storied street tales and lyrical marathons were let down by a disconnected batch of international player’s anthems. In an effort to preserve his legacy and tap into the vein of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Hov finds ...

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