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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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • UPC: 602527157436
  • Catalog Number: 001333502
  • Sales rank: 16,763

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ruler's Back (3:49)
  2. 2 Takeover (5:13)
  3. 3 Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (4:00)
  4. 4 Girls, Girls, Girls (4:35)
  5. 5 Jigga That N***A (3:24)
  6. 6 U Don't Know (3:19)
  7. 7 Hola' Hovito (4:33)
  8. 8 Heart of the City (Ain't No Love) (3:43)
  9. 9 Never Change (3:58)
  10. 10 Song Cry (5:03)
  11. 11 All I Need (4:28)
  12. 12 Renegade - Eminem (5:37)
  13. 13 Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) (12:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Dream (4:12)
  2. 2 Hovi Baby (4:20)
  3. 3 The Watcher 2 (5:57)
  4. 4 '03 Bonnie & Clyde (3:25)
  5. 5 Excuse Me Miss (4:41)
  6. 6 What They Gonna Do (4:53)
  7. 7 All Around the World - LaToiya Williams (3:52)
  8. 8 Poppin' Tags - Killer Mike (6:00)
  9. 9 F**k All Nite (4:19)
  10. 10 The Bounce (4:18)
  11. 11 I Did It My Way (3:42)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Diamond Is Forever (3:55)
  2. 2 Guns & Roses (4:25)
  3. 3 U Don't Know (4:27)
  4. 4 Meet the Parents (4:58)
  5. 5 Some How Some Way - Beanie Sigel (5:37)
  6. 6 Some People Hate (4:31)
  7. 7 Blueprint² (4:49)
  8. 8 N***a Please - Young Chris (4:37)
  9. 9 2 Many Hoes (3:34)
  10. 10 As One - Peedi Crakk (3:48)
  11. 11 A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier (4:41)
  12. 12 Show You How (2:58)
  13. 13 B*****s & Sisters (2:38)
  14. 14 What They Gonna Do Part II (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay-Z Primary Artist
Slick Rick Vocals
Biz Markie Vocals
Debra Killings Bass Guitar, Vocals
Q-Tip Vocals
Scott Spencer Storch fender rhodes
Michele Mills Vocals
Mike Elizondo Guitar, Keyboards
Camara Kambon Keyboards
Just Blaze 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
Technical Credits
Jim Morrison Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
Bobby Russell Composer
Eric Burdon Composer
S. Barnes Composer
B. Chandler Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. 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
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Jimmy Douglas Engineer
Timbaland Producer
Mike Ging Engineer
Poke & Tone Producer
Damon Dash Executive Producer
Shawn Carter Executive Producer
Eminem Producer
Tim Mosley Composer
The Neptunes Producer
Kanye West Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke Executive Producer
Just Blaze 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
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