Often, Greatest Hits compilations serve as capstones to extraordinary careers or attempts to glean the best of mediocre ones. As the title implies, Jay-Z’s 2010 The Hits Collection, Volume One served as neither: Released alongside Decoded, his stand-alone memoir, it instead commenced one of the rapper’s most productive periods in almost a decade, one that continued with his Kanye collaboration Watch the Throne (Pazz & Jop’s highest ranking rap album of 2011) and birth of his first child, Blue Ivy. Tonight, the self-proclaimed God MC kicks off 2012 with his Carnegie Hall debut.

Mon., Feb. 6, 8 p.m., 2012

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