The Blueprint

The Blueprint

by Jay-Z

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Overview

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

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Roc-A-Fella
UPC: 0731458639626
catalogNumber: 586396
Rank: 19610

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
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Freddie Perren   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
Della Valle   Images
S. Black   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
D. Richards   Composer
L. Parker   Composer
Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton   Engineer

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The Blueprint 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
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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
The songs are really original except for the fact most of them are dubbed from an older track and looped.My joint though is Girs,Girls,Girls.And the remix is hot.He and Nas are gonna have good record sales with this on wax beef.Round 1: Jay-Z Round 2: Nas gonna take it to Jay's chin. Watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think Jay-Z could do any better then Reasonable Doubt, then came Vol.2, then i thought that was his best work, then came the Dynasty. But the Blueprint put those albumn in a second class group. In the past the other albums were great but had tons of guest spots, like Snoop, Juvinelle, M.C, and others. This album all you get is MORE Jay-Z, but you still have hot guess apperence by the great white hope, Eminem, and also Q-Tip. Every track is hot and Hola Hovito is guarteed to be one of the hottest club hits every. GO pick The BluePrint Up you won't regret it, its certified a Hip-Hop Classic.
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
He did it again? Hata's no Like. Jay-Z droppin hot ish again. There are two average cut on here. Never Change, and All I Need. The rest are pure, concentrated Hotness. The man drops the lines over and over in his own way that makes us say Oh for real?! Do ya thang Jigga!
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
jigga u r the man.i try my best to come to your shows,but it's not easy.anyway blueprint is a hot cd.but my all time is reasonable doubt,i listen to it all the time.to me you,pac,and big r the best. we don't need nelly and the rest of these cats.i love u jigga a true fan 4 life
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who are tired of the radio/ video formula of hip hop pop hit that have been hitting our airwaves will enjoy the new installment from the King of New York, Jay- Z. J- Hova questioned his claim on this thrown back in 1996 when he ask ''who really is the best, Biggie, Jay- Z or Nas.'' With the untimely departure of the Nortorious One, the mantle was left up to Jigga and Nasty Nas. Jay's Blueprint leaves no doubt that he has no intention of removing his Air Force One's from the mantle of Hip Hop rolaty. This album gives us less gimmicky hooks and canned, ''producer of the moment'' tracks and takes back to well basically, ''The Blueprint''. This bluprint is Jay being Jay, Shaun Carter is ghost writing his a** off throughout this album. Lyric after lyric, no less more entriguing than the last. Another refreshing aspect of this album, is that is not Roca- fella member shares the mic with the God on this one, basically, Jay had a point to prove. Jay does it all on this one, especially sparing with the Kings of Queens in what will turn out to be an epic Hip Hop battle of heavywieghts that will compare to LL and Kool Moe, Jay vs Nas. Nas, the ball is in your court, Brooklyn and Queens, Blueprint vs Stillmatic... Hova vs Nasty, hip hop world, it on. Jay Z has claimed the thrown, we will review Stillmatic next time and let you know if Nas took down the gate. peace, darudeboy
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
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
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jay-z's biggest fan right here most cd's you buy you usually gotta listen to them, before you buy them you aint gotta do that with Jay-z's cd you already know its gonna be a hot mix fa sho
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jigga can't be touched This is the best Jay-Z since Reasonable Doubt. Young Vito is on another level.Second G.O.A.T after BIG. Prodigy and NAS can't beef wit HOVA
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awww man, I don't know where to begin. Jay*Z is just the best out there right now. I give him all my love! He is to hot to be touched right now. His new album is off the chains and I know it is just the beginning for him. To Jay*Z keep doing what you doing and keep shaking those haters of with your hot lyrics. Much luv!!! Your #1 fan 4*life!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The is just another hot joint by the Jigga Man if you don't have it by now cop it the girls, girls, girls rmx is my personal favorite Holla Back
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jay-Z has totally outdone himself on this album. His albums get better and better. No one in the industry can compete on this level. He only competes with himself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
jay is back with a bang and he continues to show that he is the biggest name in hiphop at the moment he is basically holding up the rap game single handedly.
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
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
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Blueprint is one of Jay's best works. His lyrics are tight and the beats dope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
His best joint since Reasonable Doubt. Jigga sounds hella -confident right now. It show's in his flow. He done brought da drama now spittin' at cats by name. Great Buy - worth the cheese for the cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.