The Blueprint

Jay-Z - The Blueprint
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Based on 8 reviews
2001 Ratings: #31 / 181
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Based on 739 ratings
2001 Ratings: #10
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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.
Original rating: 42

Wow, this album grew on me a lot.

I always thought Jay-Z was an extremely overrated rapper (still do), and up to this point I deemed 4:44 as his "only good album". But after seeing this album in Rolling Stones top 100 albums list (No.50), I decided to re-listen to it, and I'm glad I did.

The best thing about the Blueprint is without a doubt the production. Being the big debut for both Kanye West & Just Blaze, what these two bring to the table is some of ... 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
Jay-Z is an artist who needs no introduction, and The Blueprint doesn't need one either. It's been solidified as a classic, and I'd definitely agree with this status, but in my opinion it's not his best project by a decent margin. Although his classy beats and killer flows retain on this album, it lacks memorability as I struggle to remember how a handful of the songs actually sound like after listening through.

Even though the songs aren't that memorable, it doesn't take away from their ... read more
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