The Blueprint

Jay-Z - The Blueprint
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2001 Ratings: #32 / 181
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Based on 860 ratings
2001 Ratings: #8
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

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.

100
HipHopDX
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.
87
Pitchfork
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.
80
NME
Jay-Z is the don of the one-liner, the couplet, the verse and the chorus too.
70
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.

60
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.

GratedStraws
100
Jay Z did 9/11
Tielur
89
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.
CameronFriezer
94
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
Rollo_P
97
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
KIDWITHGUNs
90
☆☆☆☆ 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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