Most were sent out to press and given away at shows, There are still some left.

Hetfield still isn't a fan of illegal downloads, but he likes the idea of DJ Cheap Cologne's unauthorized reworking of Metallica's Black Album with Jay-Z's Black Album. The Recording Industry Association of America is trying to block the distribution of the so-called Double Black Album, but Hetfield won't. ``I think that's cool,'' he says. ``There's some creative minds out there putting things together. Why not? I don't see how we can stop it.
- James Hetfield of Metallica tells Edmonton Journal

Jay-Z vs. Metallica: The Double Black Album - Minneapolis' Cheap Cologne brings metal cred to Jay-Z by combining both artists'Black Album "Enter Sandman" finds a new roll as the eerie backdrop for Hova's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" and "99 Problems" sounds perfect with Metallica's "Sad But True"
- Rolling Stone

CHEAP COLOGNE "The Double Black Album" (www.broke-ass.com): An inevitable combination: Jay-Z meets Metallica's black album, the 1991 "Metallica." Metallica's somber power chords and brooding slow arpeggios underline what Jay-Z calls "my pain and my struggle." The Metallica riffs turn Jay-Z into a rocker with a perpetual chip on his shoulder. .
-Jon Pareles, NY Times

The Double Black Album. "It started out as a joke when I made one song," Cheap Cologne said,
"but like a lot of jokes I guess it went too far." - MTV News

Metallica have become the latest band to go under the musical knife alongside Jay-Z's 'the Black Album'. Following the recent - and controversial - success of Danger Mouse's 'The Grey Album', which spliced together The Beatles' 'The White Album' and 'The Black Album', Cheap Cologne has put out a taster of the next possible instalment of the craze.
- Universal Music

"I Got 99 problems and a bitch aint one"



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When Jay-Z released his acapella version of his "Black" CD, remixers jumped on the record, and the mash-up was on. DJ Dangermouse flipped it with Beatles samples, which roundly brought charges of blasphemy from the Recording Industry Of America (RIAA), EMI and others with a vested interest in the Fab Four's musical catalogue. As the Beatles' "White" Album was flipped with Jigga's "Black," it was dubbed the "Grey" album.

Now, enter Sandman. The "Double Black" CD is Jigga spitting over Metallica. Both Metallica and Jay-Z have a "Black" album, so this CD is known as the "Double Black" CD.

When the RIAA caught a whiff of Cheap Cologne, they quickly sent him a letter stating, "This activity has not been authorized by our member record companies, and must cease immediately." Without explanation, the RIAA later emailed him, stating they had made a mistake in going after him.

This album has deservedly received critical acclaim. "The New York Times" reported, "Metallica riffs turn Jay-Z into a rocker."

Jay-Z's remake of Ice-T's "99 Problems," laced with Metallica's "Sad But True," spins so sick, it's terminal. Another impressive track on the disc is "Change Clothes," mixed with Metallica's "Wherever I May Roam"

Controversy aside, this CD stands on its own musical merit.

Had it been Dr. Dre who had recorded this, it's likely that his label would have left no stone unturned to get most of these samples cleared. Unfortunately, Cheap Cologne doesn't have such corporate backup, and with Jay-Z' s talent, he really should.

Sad but true.
- Phyllis Pollack, San Francisco's Valley Scene Magazine


I like DJ Cheap Cologne's Double Black Album (Jay-Z's Black Album mixed with Metallica's Black Album) a lot better than DJ DangerMouse's Grey Album (Jay-Z's Black Album mixed with the Beatles' White Album). As I noted here before, the Grey Album doesn't really work: the Beatles samples don't fit well with Jay-Z's vocals, but neither does the contrast between them make for an interesting enough tension. Cheap Cologne's mix, on the other hand, is a match made in heaven. It's as musically convincing to me as Jay-Z's original album was. The loss of funkiness in the beat is compensated for by the way that Metallica's power chords meld almost seamlessly with Jay-Z's rapping.


The Grey Album is worth listening to, especially since it's free and fun and pissing off people who are richer than God. Even more fun is The Double Black Album, pitting Jay-Z's record versus Metallica's 1991 monolith of the same name. There is a great mp3 sample at broke-ass.com/black.html. A mix of "Unforgiven" plus Jay's best new cut, "Public Service Announcement" was once a dream I saved for lonely nights, but now it's a blissful reality. Represent.
-California Aggie

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