The Blueprint

Jay-Z - The Blueprint
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2001 Ratings: #29 / 173
User Score
Based on 274 ratings
2001 Ratings: #6
September 11, 2001 / Release Date
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Uptown/Universal / Label
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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
Juan23
NR
If only this shit was on Spotify
max2k
78
The Highschool Dropout.

Favs: The Ruler's Back, Takeover, Izzo, Hola Hovita, Heart of the City, Never Change, Song Cry
KIDWITHGUNs
93
POWERHOUSE

LEGENDARY... there's an odd amateurish vibe to this, you can tell... I mean this album has definitely aged, in the best way possible, in the best way possible. Jay just has the greatest production team on this, these instrumentals and the bars are the stuff of legend. I'm speechless, The Blueprint has blown me away.

Best: Heart of The City, The Ruler's Back, Takeover, Izzo, U Don't Know, Hola Hovito, Never Change, Song Cry, All I Need, Renegade, Blueprint

Weakest: Jigga That ... read more
mixtapesalsa
100
There's no secret that Jay is aware of his status as a trend setter, and naming his album The Blueprint was a confident statement, knowing he was about to flip hip hop on its head.

In the late 90s and early 2000s, hip hop albums were bloated to the gills. Rappers had 80 minutes on a CD available to fill, and god damn if they weren't going to try and fill every minute possible with a dozen features, lazy filler and pointless skits that nobody outside of the studio they were recorded in found ... read more
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Track List

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