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The Blueprint

The Blueprint

by Jay-Z Jay-Z

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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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

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Roc-A-Fella
UPC: 0731458639619
catalogNumber: 586396
Rank: 2335


  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)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Slick Rick   Vocals
Biz Markie   Vocals
Q-Tip   Vocals
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Michele Mills   Vocals
Eminem   Vocals,Rap,Track Performer
Kanye West   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua   Organ,Strings
Victor Flowers   Organ
Josey Scott   Vocals,Background Vocals
Stephanie Miller   Vocals
Keon Bryce   Vocals
Eric "E-Bass" Johnson   Bass
Demme Ulloa   Vocals
Schevise Harrell   Background Vocals
Luren Leek   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Green   Composer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Phil Hurtt   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Eric Burdon   Composer
Barry Bailey   Composer
Samuel Barnes   Composer
Tom Brock   Composer
Chas Chandler   Composer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Ralph Johnson   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Luis Resto   Composer
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Poke & Tone   Producer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Rodney Lemay   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Eminem   Producer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Kanye West   Producer
Roosevelt Harrell   Composer,Producer
R. Harrell   Composer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
J. Smith   Producer
Bink   Producer
Jason Noto   Art Direction
Marshall Mathers   Composer
DJ Head   drum programming
Shane "Bermy" Woodley   Engineer,Recording Assistant
Larry Gates   Composer
Della Valle   Images
Dennis Lussier   Composer
Reginald Payne   Composer
Larry Miller   Composer
S. Black   Composer
Kamel Abdo   Engineer
M. Price   Composer
D. Walsh   Composer
D. Gibbs   Composer
A. Green   Composer
J. Morrison   Composer
R. Lemay   Composer
R. Johnson   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer
Robert Relf   Composer
Lawrence Parker   Composer
D. Richards   Composer
L. Parker   Composer
Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton   Engineer
Douglas Gibbs   Composer
Robert Eugene Miller   Composer
Charles Fleming   Composer
George Belton   Composer
Sonni Black   Composer
Raeneal Quann   Composer

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