The Blueprint

Jay-Z - The Blueprint
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Based on 8 reviews
2001 Ratings: #32 / 181
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2001 Ratings: #8
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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.
Favourite: Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
Worst: Jigga That Nigga

1. The Ruler's Back - 9.5
2. Takeover - 10
3. Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - 10
4. Girls, Girls, Girls - 9
5. Jigga That Nigga - 7.5
6. U Don't Know - 9
7. Hola' Hovito - 10
8. Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) - 10
9. Never Change - 10
10. Song Cry - 10
11. All I Need - 8.5
12. Renagade - 10
13. Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) - 8

Average: 9.346
Quick Comment: The Greatest Rapper Alive
The Jay-Z album to rule them all, the miraculous feat of a record with no dips - a statement that no other Jay-Z album could approach. Even on something as great as Reasonable Doubt, there's a bit of a dip on the last third of the record.

Not Blueprint. The only questionable tracks are Jigga That Nigga and Hola Hovito, both of which aren't bad - just decent. The rest is Jay's best, easily. The Ruler's Back exudes a sense of royalty, a nod to Slick Rick that comes full circle on the chorus for ... read more
☆☆☆☆ 1/2

Shut up for a second and understand who the FUCK this man is in front of the mic... this isn't Hov'... this ain't even Jigga...

This man is The Godfather of Hip-Hop.

Not only does the record outclass practically everything else that's been conceived the same year of its release, but JAY-Z's acclaimed "magnum-opus" is a calibre of the genre that holds quite possibly some of the finest moments in all of Hip-Hop history.

"Takeover", to start with, ... read more
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