Jay-Z - The Blueprint
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Based on 8 reviews
2001 Ratings: #33 / 184
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2001 Ratings: #15
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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.

With his well-established flow, comedic verses and “rewind-me” lines, Jay Z has hit the streets with an album that shows why he is the number one contender for the crown of New York.
What holds it together is Jigga's overwhelming self-assuredness-- the kind of justified confidence you can imagine witnessing from a world conqueror or cult leader.
Jay-Z is the don of the one-liner, the couplet, the verse and the chorus too.
Rolling Stone

Though he's a sharp, detailed writer, a meticulous craftsman and an influential stylist ... Jay-Z is not extremely expressive or innovative, and The Blueprint threatens at times to slide into monotony.

Slant Magazine

Less is often more, and with tracks like “Never Change,” Jay-Z fails to make the samples his own. They are the “blueprints” on which the rapper lays his rhymes and, in essence, takes all the credit.


Jay Z did 9/11


Imagine bumping one of the greatest hip hop records of all time on your Sony Walkman in the morning on the train to work from Brooklyn and you see a fucking plane hit the World Trade Center. Shit crazy bro.


"Blueprint" é um dos mais importantes álbuns de hip hop ma indústria, carrega consigo um grande legado e história, lançado em uma data bem polêmica e triste (11 de setembro de 2001), foi um álbum de grande êxito, elevou Jay-Z em outro patamar artístico, com suas composições ótimas e inteligentes e sua super produção que envolveu vários nomes famosos, além de Jay-Z, nomes como ... read more


My favorite rap record of all time. This album is top notch in every aspect. From production to lyricism to delivery jayz was flawless in this album. Imo its his greatest album.


Production and sampling is insane, all I have to say


For someone who started listening to hip hop in 1999/2000, all I knew was bloated 18+ track albums with a dozen+ features, songs to hit all the bases (club songs, chick songs, street songs, crew songs) with terribly unfunny skits and no cohesion whatsoever. The Blueprint was the anti-rap album at the time.

Favorite Songs: Takeover, Izzo (H.O.V.A.), U Don't Know, Heart of the City (Ain't Not Love), Never Change, Song Cry, Renegade
Least Favorite: Jigga that N*gga

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