The album starts strong with the song titled "Kill Jay-Z". A very insightful song which looks at all of his problems, his over use of his money, forgetting his heritage and cheating on his wife. But there's also a sense of fragility as he begins to worry that he has betrayed his family, and his daughter will not respect him and look up to him. I think what this song is, is the end of Jay-Z as we know the hard headed rapper and the proclamation of Shawn Carter, the fragile, nearly 50 dad whom hides behind this tough exterior. Also, what this song shows us is something that is evident through the whole album, which is No ID's absolutely stunningly beautiful production. Most notably on the tracks The Story of OJ and Bam. These two tracks carry such a heavy and processed beat that Jay-Z just flows over with such ease.
Something that is very evident on this album is that Jay-Z has taken a side stage role and Shawn Carter has taken over, because this is such an open and honest album that it's hard to see any bragadociousness on this, instead it's very raw. He talks about things such as infidelity, shame, legacies. The latter is particularly heartbreaking as he worries that his children won't be proud of him and instead they'll be ashamed of him because of his past and his public infidelity with their mother. It's strange to hear such famous people addressing such private issues through their forms of art. They do say the best creativity comes from truth.