Blueprint

The Blueprint

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by Jay-Z
     
 

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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

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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," 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 - Jason Birchmeier
When Jay-Z dropped "The City Is Mine" in 1997 and claimed New York's hip-hop throne upon the Notorious B.I.G.'s demise, many smirked and some even snickered. Four years later in 2001, when he released The Blueprint, no one was smirking and no one dared snicker. At this point in time, nobody in New York could match Jay-Z rhyme for rhyme and nobody in New York had fresher beats -- and many would argue that Jigga's reign was not just confined to New York but was, in fact, national. Yes, Jay-Z had risen to the top of the rap game in the late '90s and solidified his position with gigantic hits like "Big Pimpin" and "I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me)." Furthermore, The Blueprint's leadoff single, "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," dominated urban radio numerous weeks before the album hit the streets, generating so much demand that Def Jam had to push up the album's street date because it was being so heavily bootlegged. So when Jay-Z opens The Blueprint dropping rhymes about "runnin' this rap sh*t," it's not so much arrogance as it is a matter of fact. And by the time he brutally dismisses two of his most formidable opponents, Mobb Deep and Nas, less than ten minutes into the album, there's little doubt that Jay-Z's status as the top MC in the game is justified. But that's just one song. There are 12 other songs on The Blueprint -- and they're all stunning, to the point where the album seems almost flawless. Besides rhymes that challenge those on Reasonable Doubt as the most crafted of Jay-Z's career to date in terms of not only lyrics but also flow and delivery, The Blueprint also boasts some of his most extravagant beats, courtesy of impressive newcomers Kanye West and Just Blaze. Moreover, if the rhymes and beats alone don't make The Blueprint a career highlight for Jay-Z, the minimal guest appearances surely do. For once, listeners get exactly what they want: Jay-Z and nothing but Jay-Z, over beats so loaded with marvelously flipped samples the songs don't even need big vocal hooks. Besides, when you're already the top MC in the game, there's no need for crossover attempts. Uneven albums like Hard Knock Life were the crossover attempts, and now that Jay-Z is "runnin' this rap sh*t," a fully realized masterpiece like The Blueprint is the glorious result.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Roc-A-Fella
UPC:
0731458639626
catalogNumber:
586396
Rank:
20583

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist
Slick Rick   Vocals
Biz Markie   Vocals
Q-Tip   Vocals
Michele Mills   Vocals
Victor Flowers   Organ
Josey Scott   Vocals
Stephanie Miller   Vocals
Keon Bryce   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Burdon   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Poke & Tone   Producer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Eminem   Producer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Kanye West   Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
J. Smith   Producer
Jason Noto   Art Direction
Marshall Mathers   Composer
DJ Head   drum programming
Gimel "Young Guru" Katon   Engineer
Della Valle   Images
S. Black   Composer
A. Mizell   Composer
M. Price   Composer
D. Walsh   Composer
D. Gibbs   Composer
A. Green   Composer
J. Morrison   Composer
R. Lemay   Composer
R. Johnson   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer
F. Perren   Composer
D. Richards   Composer
L. Parker   Composer
B. Miller   Composer

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The Blueprint 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
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I heard the Blueprint about a week ago. I think its hot. All songs on this cd are good. They all have a meaning. With Jigga thats what you expect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its like jay-z was always good but his lyrics are getting even sicker.The beats are out of this world i'll say if you like 1900 husler beat well its more like that its a classic unlike no otrher. Holla
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jigga is the best rapper out there now, he has the game on lock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the new blueprint is extra hot the beats r crazy and i recommend it to ne 1 out there hova is the illest!
Guest More than 1 year ago
jay is the best right now and people that dont think he nice is because they dont like he's hot and he get's mad love from N.Y.C HOLLA BACK
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is exactly what hip-hop needs. A lyrically strong album, with club beats, ill diss tracks, and overall amazing production. Lyrical excellence at it's finest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definately the hottest album out there. I got the bootleg last week, but can't wait till the real thing comes out- I'll get4 of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JAY WILL GRAB YOU ON THIS AND HE WON'T LET YOU GO.I FELT LIKE CRYING ON SOME OF THE TRACKS.JAY VERSES BROUGHT BACK HAUNTING MEMORIES OF SOME OF MY LIFE PAST EVENTS.GET IT..I MEAN DON'T PLAY KID.GET IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hail to the reigning King J-Hova.. This Cd is a banger, all questions are answered on this CD. ''The Takeover'' is one of rap's best songs ever, he straight murders Nas on the 3rd verse of that track. I got my copy last weekend and I am still going to the store to buy one. This Cd will be Gold in less than 2 weeks. Holla..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard most of the album and all the songs are good. This album tops all others. The beats and lyrics are tight!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me be the one to tell you that this album ranks up there with his best to date. The flow is tremendous and the beats are extraordinary. I mean he had alot to say on this album and you can feel all of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time i heard JAY was on video, on chennal 31, on DJ Ralph McDaniel's Video Music Box in Brooklyn. The song was ''what's the meaning of life''..I was like- ''Yo, whos that cat!!!''... Ever since I been a die hard fan, I got three of every album he has put out. One for collection, one to hear, and the other for back up..you know', plus we both from Brookyn so you know luv iz luz. i draw for a living so i even did a bunch of drawings of him, It'd be hot if i could give them to him someday..jay-z holla if you want them at zerone19@hotmail.com (like if he's gonna answer.lol)anywayz...laterz BROOKLYNNNN!!!!!! love, ONE !
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is definitely a new classic!! it is the slickest!! Jay really let it rip on this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jay-Z is the most illist rapper out right now. and to all the hatters (nas,jadakiss) keep hatin cause y'll just made you can't lock the game down 1-900-hustler pass it around if you wanna speak to me directly hit exstention trick pound. I'm OUT
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just when you think the last album was the bomb, he drops the blueprint. This album is up there with ''Ready to Die'' and ''Illmatic'' Definately cop it1
Guest More than 1 year ago
jay you are the best ,iam your biggest fan,i love your songs and the way you are,everybody calls me jay-z because i look like you and i use to be just like you. wear like you and talking about you everyday and nigth
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh man, I'm speechless! A Jay-z fan since the original reasonalble doubt album. This man doesn't stop. This album goes to a whole new level, and as long as I'm breathing, his cd's will continue to spin in my cd player. Love you Jay!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to get my hands on Blueprint. Took me the longest time to like Jay. I'm a Ghostface Killah fan but Jay's a flame thrower. Check out Novalandart.com (strictly Hip Hop)Ya'll gonna love how I rep. Hova (site up in three weeks) Peace. Mad SupaNova out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
YO JAY-Z IS THE BEST RAPPER TO ALL THEM PLAYA HATERS.YO I JUST MOVE TO GEORGIA FROM NYC HARLEM.IN MY EYES JAY-Z WILL ALL WAYS BE THE BEST.BY THE WAY EACH TIME I SEE JIGGA HE MATURE'S MORE AND MORE,VIDEOS,SONGS AND EVERYTING ELSE GETS BETTER.ROCAWEAR IS DEFINTELY HOLDING ITS OWN.I JUST HOPE THIS ISN'T HIS LAST ALBUM I AM A TRUE JAY-Z FAN HE'S COMING OUT WITH ANOTHER ALBUM AND ANOTHER.ANYWAY I DID'T HERE HIS NEW ALBUM BUT I NO WITH OUT A REASONABLE DOUBT IS HOTT,I COULD HAVE GOTTEN THE BOOT LEGGED BUT JIGGA DESERVES EVERY DIME.ONE LOVE TO JIGGA AND DAMON DASH AND THE WHOLE ROCAFELLA FAMILY PEACE AND MANY BLESSINS FROM GOD.YO JIGGA HAVE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN DEC FROM ALEXIS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hova has the flows that are sic, and its all you gonna hear me play in the club. If you don't beleive me, holla at me @ http://djpuma.isonfire.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Off, I really feel that knowone in the rap game(or the Hustle game) can touch Jigga. Hova's got the game on lock, and doesn't need to straight off attack all the wack playas wanting some of his pie. Jay, although he must have been pretty upset about all the knocks on him, did not ever once get abnoxious about all the haters. He responded with class and a level of sophistication that all the shoe-string pullers can only dream about (you know who they are....Prodigy, Jada, Jayo, X, Ja). Jay even talks in one of his rhymes that he may not be as good as BIG, but he's the next best thing.......HE's Wrong! This album I feel is the crossover album from Z being a successor to the thrown, as opposed to now ''OWN'n'' the thrown. Holla at you light skinned ghost-nig BeN-G.....second only to Jay-Z.....well for now...hehe, syke.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is probally his 3rd best Cd next to Reasonable Doubt and Vol. 1. This is a nice CD and he disses Nas like hes a no name rapper. He disses Nas so bad he called him ESCO trash. Jay-z really did out do himself. Its like he cant tbe stop!! And oh yeah if you didnt know I already have it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Blueprint didn't change the game like the dynasty, it hurt it. For the up and comers trying to get right, The Blueprint sets the standards for hot cd's. If ya don't like The Blueprint you only get half-a-bar...!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im not a Jay-z fan, but I have heard all of his other Cd's. Reasonable Doubt was the best untill ''The BluePrint''. You have to give the man credit, hate him or not, this CD is tight! I mean there is not one song you can or want to skip over. EVERY SINGLE SONG is nice. HOVA you have outdone yourself this time!