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  • Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella
  • ASIN: B00006ZCFI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Do you want in on hip-hop's dirty little secret? Well, not even rap's greatest icons have been able to pull of a memorable, fast-forward-free double disc--2Pac's All Eyez on Me and Wu-Tang Clan's Wu-Tang Forever included. On this follow-up to part one, Jay teams up with Destiny's Child's Beyoncé on "03 Bonnie & Clyde," a so-so remake of 2Pac's "Me and My Girlfriend." The Dr. Dre-produced remix to "The Watcher," featuring Rakim, reveals that, in addition to expanding his audience, Jay is interested in appealing to his tried-and-tested demographic--East Coast hardrocks. He rounds out the first disc with "I Did It My Way," sampling Paul Anka's version of "My Way" and equating his Rap Pack (Kareem Burke, Dame Dash) to the Rat Pack of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. Don't laugh. The stronger second disc contains some pleasant surprises. The Lenny Kravitz-fuelled braggadocio of "Guns and Roses" titillates, while Jay's Jeru the Damaja-like "Bitches and Sisters" is sure to stir up accusations of misogyny. In the end, not even Jay can tear through 11 hot tracks, much less 25. --Dalton Higgins

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This is why Jay-Z will put anything out no matter how bad it is like "Song Cry".
Saeed Wilkins
Disc 1 = 3 stars The second disc isn't too much better... Diamonds is Forever is not a good song and neither is the rap rock track Guns N Roses feat.
Enlightened
Whilst Jay Z is not at the level of Biggie or Pac (and this album is not even as good as Reasonable Doubt), it is by no means a failure.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Done on December 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Never bought a Jay-Z album since Reasonable Doubt, got the double album "Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse" as a present this christmas. Executive produced by Jay-Z, Dame Dash, and Kareem Burke. Track production comes from The Neptunes, Kayne West, Guru, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, No I.D., R. Feemster, Heavy D, Charmalane, Digga. Like the first track "A Dream" Feat. Faith Evans and Notorious B.I.G., has Biggie verses from my all time favourite Biggie Track "Juicy". Next comes "Hovi Baby", the female hook on this track is wack. This is followe by "The Watcher" feat. Dr. Dre, Rakim and Truth Hurts and all I can say is it made me look forward to Rakim's next album "Oh My God". "03 Bonnie & Clyde" is a remake of Pac track, have to say at first I was annoyed with this release, so much Pac biting ("Me and My Girlfriend") , but Jay-Z pays tribute as seen in the video, and Beyonce comes out nice as well. Next comes "Excuse Me Miss" a relaxed track with nice beats. "All Around the World" feat. Latoya Williams, is similar relaxed track where Jay-Z talks to the ladies. A few less than memorable tracks follow then "I did it my Way" comes, a good closer to disc one. Disc Two opens with "Diamond is Forever" a blazing hot track, where Jay spits some nice verses, with phat background beats. "Guns and Roses" feat. Lenny Kravitz brings another feel to the album, never thought I would see these two on the same track, decent track. "U dont Know" (Remix) feat. M.O.P. is a nice banging track from Rocafellas newest additions. Jay-Z drops tragic story on "Meet the Parents". Favourite track is "Some How Some Way" feat. Beanie Sigel and Scarface, sad track, where Jay talks about getting out of the ghetto,losing friends, changing ones ways.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sat Garcia on November 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
After thoroughly enjoying The Blueprint last year, I kept a keen eye out for any news related to Jay-Z's newest album "Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse." Let me say that after I heard that this release would cover 2 CD's and would sport a large amount of guest appearances, my anticipation started to turn to fret. Would this be like a Vol. 3 with only a few good songs and a lot of filler or would it be another Roc La Familia with only a few songs not being littered with other rappers? When the day of release finally arrived, I approached cautiously.
After a few listens I was a little worried but digging deeper revealed that it wasn't going to be as bad as a I feared. The first CD starts of with "A Dream" featuring a rip of "Juicy" by the Notorious BIG himself. Jay-Z has been criticized for taking a lot of Biggies lyrics and he addresses this in an imaginative way here. A few songs later we get "The Watcher 2" featuring Dr. Dre, Truth Hurts and the legendary Rakim. The beat is smooth and gives you the impression that someone has their eye on you. Jay-Z's verse is just as tight and while Dre holds his own, Rakim is once again at top form. "03 Bonnie and Clyde" is the next song and it's what you would expect from a Jay-Z single. Sean Paul lends a hand on the chorus on the up-tempo "What They Gonna Do?" A jazzy piano loop and a soulful chorus make "All Around the World" a great track. Jay reverts to his old, faster rapping self in "Poppin Tags" a song that reunites him with the similiarly quick-tongued Twista which leaves you reminiscing over their previous collaboration, "Is that your b*tch?" The uber-player Jay-Z returns in "F(&* All Night," a song the works surprisingly well. Timbaland teams up with Jay-Z again to create "The Bounce.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Absolut King on November 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Jay-Z has been the center of criticism in the hip hop world ever since Volume 2: Hard Knock Life dropped nearly 5 years ago. Since then, Jay has been very inconsistent in the albums he's put out. Volume 3 blew up when Big Pimpin hit the airwaves, but it was critically panned. The Dynasty followed with some very deep songs, but way too much filler. Then came The Blueprint. An album so soulfully and beautifully produced that it was declared by many a hip hop classic. However, people soon realized that although it was the best album Jay had put out since Volume 1, it was by far his weakest lyrical showing. So now comes the Blueprint 2, an ambitious double CD album that hushes the talk about Jay falling off lyrically, yet leaves him wide open for some criticism once again.
The album starts off with A Dream, an excellent intro where Jay dreams about talking to BIG. Jay rhymes excellent, and Faith Evans sings a beautiful hook. From there fans are left to be confused. Hovi Baby is one of the best lyrical songs on the album, but Jay seems to have trouble catching a very complex Just Blaze beat. However, Jay takes full advantage of Dr. Dre's best beat in 2 years on the The Watcher Pt. 2. Jay comes off nice, and Rakim is nothing short of amazing here. But the problem with the rest of the first disc is how blatantly lazy it seems. You have the fantastic Poppin Tags mixed with the less than stellar '03 Bonnie and Clyde. There are no unbearable songs but with so much riding on this album, one would think that Jay would put forth a little more effort.
When the listener pops in the second disc, they will find the incredible lyrical skill that Shawn Carter possesses.
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