The Blueprint [Explicit Lyrics]

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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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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 - 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • UPC: 731458639626
  • Catalog Number: 586396
  • Sales rank: 21,390

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)
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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 Jr. Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Jimmy Douglas Engineer
Timbaland Producer
Poke & Tone Producer
Damon Dash Executive Producer
Shawn Carter Composer, Executive Producer
Eminem Producer
Kanye West Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke Executive Producer
Just Blaze 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    YOOOUNG!!!...

    Young Vito...voice of the young people...mouthpiece 4 hustlaz...im back mutha&^*$^#$....ur reign on the game was shorter than leprechauns...yall cant mess with Hov, what type of ex yall on....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hottest C.D EVER

    When this C.D. drop he really put the rap game on lock. I mean all his other projects was fire as well. But his lyrics his flow his delivery and what he be sayin and how he say it is on another level. This truely is my favorite C.D. of all time. He's also my favorite rapper. If I could I would have more stars on this joint. "do you listen to music or do you just skim through it" Think about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top 3 greatest album ever

    This album is what Hip Hop stands for. The most complete pice of work to date for Jay-Z This album exceeds a record companys dream and a local rappers imagination. Jay cant be touched for this album alone.. All hail the KING!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    oh yeah

    real hip hop in the flesh baby. One of the best cd ever made not one of the best hip hop cd's ever made i said one of the best cd's ever made. oh yeah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blueprint = Reasonable Doubt

    Listen to his rhymes... get focused on his words... when you understand them, listen to tha beats and enjoy tha music cuz theres SO MUCH to learn from this album. This is a classic. Each and every song on this album, yall cant mess wit his rhymes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jay-Z gave light to the game its only right he got the right to be king!

    Jay-Z has once again had shoed people that there on one the same level as him. The metaphors and creativity he uses is on of a kind. This album probably in his top 3, but when you are as hot as Jay-Z you can come out with anything and people will by it. This album has put him high on the rap charts that anybody would work with him. Jay-Z has always been sick even when Pac & Big was alive. So you can say that he is a veteran in the rap game, the father of rap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Great

    I thought this was some of Jay-Z best work I really love The Blueprint it,s a masterpeice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT DOESN'T STOP AT BLUEPRINT.......

    OKAY THERE ARE MANY OTHER MC'S OUT THERE THAT CAN FLOW, BUT NO ONE CAN TOP THE KING HIMSELF JAY-Z. WORDS CAN EXPLAIN HOW HE IS, HE IS JUST WONDERFUL WITH HIS WORDS NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. THE GREAT TING ABOUT IT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND EVERY THING HE IS SAYING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ruler is Back!

    Jay-Z's fourth LP The Blueprint is quite possibly his best yet, and one of the most confident and self-assured rap albums of all time. It's opener, The Ruler's Back, ignites with trumpets, signalling the return of "Jay Hova". Other standouts include the tear-jerking Song Cry, the uplifting Heart of the City and the hyper-confident Takeover, in which Jay boasts, "If I ain't better than Big, I'm the closest one." But what is by far the standout track is the Eminem-produced Renagade, a hauntingly beautiful, adrenaline-pumped and lyrically perfect gothic production, and proves to be one of the best projects both Jay-Z and Eminem have been involved with. If there's a fault with The Blueprint, it's the extensive and irritating over-plugging of his label Roc-A-Fella, but apart from that this is a near-perfect project and it was by far the best rap album of 2001.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best CD of 2001

    The only rap CD that is better than this one is Wu's 36 Chambers. The Blueprint is absolutely spectacular from beginning end, and his album flows a lot better than Nas who's really just a giant whiner. JIGGA IS THE KING OF NY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Takeover, more like overtaken

    If you like your hip-hop diluted, radio-friendly, sample heavy and with the main performer often feeling like a feature on his own disc, when there's only 1 feature listed then this is the cd for you. With his latest album Jigga tries to inject some feeling and emotion to his usually bouncy music, with mixed results. The only track that sounds like one off a jay-z album is 'jigga that n****', but even that sounds like a poor Swizz imitation and completly out of place on this album. Jigga must have bought the beat for 'Hola Hovito' from Timbaland for a bargain as it sounds sub-par for this producer and has an awful hook. The track 'Renegade' (which Jigga clearly isn't) is a desperate grab at expanding his fan base by putting Eminem on it (who's rhymes make jay's sound like kds stuff). 'Takeover' addresses his beefs but unfortunatly is put over a LAME beat. The redeeming features of this album are the tracks 'Song Cry' a truly emotional track and 'Girls, Girls, Girls (Remix)' a happy upbeat song with reasonable lyrics. Jay-Z can and as done better and on this disc has sold out to the MTV crowd. The reign is over Hova

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    H to the IZZO. V to the IZZA !

    ''Blueprint'' is a hip hop classic. hova's got the lyrics. every song is dope. But he aint better than B.I.G or NAS !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MmmHmmm...

    That's about all could say upon the first listen of The Blueprint. Jay-Z has gone and done it now. He has proved with this album that he his definitely on top of his game. Taking several shots and Nas and Mobb Deep, Jay-Z was able to back it up with an entire album of award-worthy flow and delivery. His most personal album since Reasonable Doubt proves that he has plenty more in store for the fans. But you ain't heard nothin' yet...I believe Jay is gonna shock the world in Novemember of 2002 when he releases The Blueprint: part II!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Blueprint: u gotta listen to it

    This CD is hot! All u gotta do is listen to a couple songs, and you'll wanna buy the damn thing.. Every song is bangin, buy it today, yall

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HOVA Never Misses A Step!!

    This album is unlike any other album Jay has laid down. This project is composed of the thoughts that Jigga was thinking at the time. There are some party songs as well as some tunes that will soothe the ghetto heart. This album has to be the best one Mr. Carter has put out yet! We can only expect more from this young New Yorker who ''never change everyday'' is known to the world as H.O.V.A!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HAND JAY-Z THE CROWN

    THIS FINALLY A ALL AROUND HIPHOP ALBUM. THE BEST SINCE REASONABLE DOUBT.FROM TRACK 1 TO 13 ALL CLASSICS,I GIVE 6 MICS.JAY-Z IS THE KING OF THE GAME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blueprint to Hotness

    This album is Hot! Once again Jigga does it again. Another album that will blow your mind. He regains the respect of the streets by eating Esco-trash(Nas)and the ballerina(Prodigy)on the Takeover. Definately a heatseeker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best C.D. Ever

    I think that is the best cd that Jay Z has every made as of this year

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The brother thanked us for the purchase

    Finally after all the shots Jigga has sustained over the past couple of years he finally put n****z in their place. Once again he drops another classic (people are comparing this CD to Reasonable Doubt). The themes on the new CD aren't as dark as his debut CD but the ''word play'' is always audible and the flows vary. If you're a sincere Jay-Z fan then you know what I mean by ''word play''. At the rate Jay is going he might be the next LL Cool Jay.....Hip Hop icon. Later and peace out to Brooklyn......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    jiga is ''god''

    i think hova is nothing but the best.i mean you can hate the guy but you could at least respect his street smart flows.he is undoubtedly the king of the rap game and mayor of Ney York.

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