Blueprint Collector's Edition

The Blueprint Collector's Edition

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by Jay-Z
As if there were any doubt about his status, Jay-Z reaffirms his title as a hip-hop honcho with The Blueprint. Whereas 2000's The Dynasty: Roc La Familia was a family affair, for his follow-up Jay-Z offers a solo manifesto on ruling the rap game. Once again, the prolific rapper spares no expense when it


As if there were any doubt about his status, Jay-Z reaffirms his title as a hip-hop honcho with The Blueprint. Whereas 2000's The Dynasty: Roc La Familia was a family affair, for his follow-up Jay-Z offers a solo manifesto on ruling the rap game. Once again, the prolific rapper spares no expense when it comes to heavy-hitting production, using the same sample-heavy formula on this, his sixth disc in five years, as he did on his winning debut, Reasonable Doubt. The Jackson 5's nostalgic "I Want You Back" anchors the summertime radio anthem "Izzo," just as "Hard-Knock Life" lifted vocals from the musical Annie. And it appears that his continuing success might be going to J-Hova's head. On Timbaland's "Hola Hovito," he boasts: "I'm Michael, Magic, and Bird all rolled in one/If I ain't better than Big, I'm the closest one." Although he's been embraced by the Total Request Live set, Jay maintains his street cred on battle rhymes such as "Renegade," produced by and featuring rap bad boy Eminem, and "Takeover," on which Jay-Z attacks rival MCs over a stomping Doors sample. Bootleggers and rap rivals, beware: Jay-Z's on the warpath, and nobody's gonna break his stride. Ryan Crosby

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
This box set from Def Jam landed after Jay-Z had split from the label, and as smooth marketing would have it, the same day as the rapper's debut for Live Nation was released. With his first post-Def Jam release being titled The Blueprint 3, this box -- featuring just the first two volumes on three CDs along with "a space to complete your collection" -- seems entirely necessary, but the trilogy barely hangs in hindsight as it goes from a fully realized hip-hop masterpiece to a radically different, two-CD release with more pop, and then finally to a record somewhere between the two. It also covers a pivotal time in the rapper's career, with releases in 2001, 2002, and 2009 and, with albums like The Black Album and American Gangster showing up between volumes one and two, it seems The Blueprint could be the name of choice for Jay-Z's less conceptual pieces. Plus there is the 2.1 problem -- 2003's one-disc shortening of The Bluepint 2 -- but you can't deny that the empty space for that other label's Blueprint is clever, and that the two volumes found here have more than their fair share of highlights. This is also an easy way for newcomers to catch up on the Blueprint saga, and with an attractive design, plus a poster added as a bonus, the tag of "Collector Edition" is validated.

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Disc 1

  1. The Ruler's Back
  2. Takeover
  3. Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
  4. Girls, Girls, Girls
  5. Jigga That N***A
  6. U Don't Know
  7. Hola' Hovito
  8. Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)
  9. Never Change
  10. Song Cry
  11. All I Need
  12. Renegade
  13. Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)

Disc 2

  1. A Dream
  2. Hovi Baby
  3. The Watcher 2
  4. '03 Bonnie & Clyde
  5. Excuse Me Miss
  6. What They Gonna Do
  7. All Around the World
  8. Poppin' Tags
  9. F**k All Nite
  10. The Bounce
  11. I Did It My Way

Disc 3

  1. Diamond Is Forever
  2. Guns & Roses
  3. U Don't Know
  4. Meet the Parents
  5. Some How Some Way
  6. Some People Hate
  7. Blueprint²
  8. N***a Please
  9. 2 Many Hoes
  10. As One
  11. A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier
  12. Show You How
  13. B*****s & Sisters
  14. What They Gonna Do Part II

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist
Slick Rick   Vocals
Biz Markie   Vocals
Debra Killings   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Q-Tip   Vocals
Michele Mills   Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Guitar,Keyboards
Camara Kambon   Keyboards
J. Smith   scratching
Victor Flowers   Organ
Sleepy Brown   Vocals
Josey Scott   Vocals
LaToiya Williams   Vocals
Raje Shwari   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Stephanie Miller   Vocals
Christy Love   Vocals
Keon Bryce   Vocals
Michelle Rosario   Vocals
Christy Love   Vocals
Scott Storch   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Jim Morrison   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Eric Burdon   Composer
S. Barnes   Composer
B. Chandler   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
James Mtume   Composer
J.C. Olivier   Composer
Richard Travali   Engineer
P. Williams   Composer
Delroy Wilson   Composer
John McCrea   Composer
Babyface   Composer
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Mike Ging   Engineer
Poke & Tone   Producer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Eminem   Producer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Kanye West   Producer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
J. Smith   Producer,Instrumentation
Superfly   Engineer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Jason Noto   Art Direction
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Heavy D   Producer
DJ Head   drum programming
Big Chuck   Producer
Ron Feemster   Producer
Gimel "Young Guru" Katon   Engineer
Della Valle   Images
C.J. Wallace   Composer
Sean Combs   Composer
S. Black   Composer
D. Branch   Composer
A. Mizell   Composer
L. Resto   Composer
A. Patton   Composer
M. Price   Composer
E. Del Barrio   Composer
D. Walsh   Composer
D. Harper   Composer
D. Gibbs   Composer
B. Jordan   Composer
C. Francois   Composer
C. Simmons   Composer
A. Green   Composer
J. Morrison   Composer
R. Lemay   Composer
R. Johnson   Composer
K. Johnson   Composer
K. Edmonds   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer
V. White   Composer
W. Robinson   Composer
M. White   Composer
F. Perren   Composer
D. Porter   Composer
D. Grant   Composer
E. Hawkins   Composer
D. Richards   Composer
D. Meyers   Composer
L. Parker   Composer
J. Jefferson   Composer
B. Hawes   Composer
B. Miller   Composer
Theron Feemster   Producer

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