Jay-Z Cuts The Cord On Upcoming 'Unplugged' Album

Rapper performed Sunday for MTV's 'Unplugged'; live album from taping to drop mid-December.

Jay-Z is unquestionably electrifying onstage, though the upcoming live album that resulted from his performance Sunday will be anything but.

Jigga will appear on MTV's "Unplugged" next month, and an album culled from the set is expected to drop in mid-December, according to a Roc-A-Fella spokesperson.

Backed by a string quartet and the Roots — minus vocalists Rahzel and Black Thought — Jay-Z delighted the live studio audience with cuts from his past as well as his latest album, The Blueprint. Queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige joined the MC on "Can't Knock the Hustle," the track from Jay's 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, on which she also appears. The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams accompanied him on "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)," the pair's track on last year's The Dynasty: Roc La Familia.