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Jay-Z's " the Blueprint" his sixth album in 5 year s. This album promises to provide consumers with what they have to come to expect from Jay-Z and more.

The Blueprint may be Jay Z's most captivating record since Reasonable Doubt, but its predictably detached mood reflects the master hustler's superior ability to trick out lackluster subject matter with lyrical complexity and brief flashes of manufactured introspection. The Blueprint, a solid mix of preprogrammed radio hits ("Izzo," "Girls, Girls, Girls") and better-than-average mid-tempo compositions ("Never Change," "Song Cry"), confirms the Brooklyn rapper's legendary status. Blistering flames of the Queensbridge/Jay Z feud fan high with "Takeover," a direct attack on Nas, set over the Doors' rock & roll burner, "5 to 1." "Renegade" provides the album's only full-on guest appearance. Jay and Eminem take this opportunity to address haters (within the industry and in the general population) who don't understand the mind of an artist. Jigga spells it out on the title track: "Reasonable Doubt--classic, shoulda went triple." The Blueprint might not be quite on par with Reasonable Doubt but it is reasonably good. --Rebecca Levine

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Ruler's Back
  2. Takeover
  3. Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
  4. Girls, Girls, Girls
  5. Jigga That N***a
  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)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Roc A Fella
  • ASIN: B00005O54T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Highsmith on September 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After 5 CDs, Jay Z is trying to say that he has "The Blueprint" to the hip hop game. If you look at what Jay Z has done in the past few years, it's hard to argue with what he has to say. "Reasonable Doubt" clearly is his best release of all time. You had classics like "Brooklyn's Finest" w/Notorious BIG, "Can't Knock The Hustle" w/Mary J Blige, "D' Evils", "Can I Live", "Dead Presidents", etc. Jay Z has always found a way to reach hip hop fans. Even on "In My Lifetime Volume 1", when fans said that he was slippin' a bit when he tried to make a CD after his friend, Notorious BIG died. He still had classics like "Where I'm From", "You Must Love Me", "Imaginary Player" and "Streets Is Watching". Since then, Jay Z has been releasing his CD's on basically a yearly basis. He released the "Streets Is Watching" soundtrack and appeared on various songs. The best being "It's Alright" w/Memphis Bleek and "Murdergram" w/DMX and Ja Rule. The multiplatinum "Volume 2: Hard Knock Life" included "Can I Get A..", the impressive title track produced by the 45 King, "Coming Of Age (Part 2)" w/Memphis Bleek, and "Money, Cash,..." w/DMX. "Volume 3: The Life And Times Of Shawn Carter" was considered to be too commercial for some folks, but he still had the classic "Do It Again" w/Beanie Sigel and Amil, "Big Pimpin'" w/UGK, "Come And Get Me" and "It's Hot". The last 3 were produced by Timbaland, as well as the Nutty Professor 2 smash, "Hey Papi" w/Memphis Bleek and Amil.Read more ›
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mike Terry on September 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Despite all that Jay-Z has accomplished in terms of commercial
success, street credibiity and record sales...most hip hop heads
are reluctant to call him the best in the game.
Well, for two reasons:
1) No matter how good Vol 1, 2, 3 and the Dynasty were, they
never reached the classic level of Reasonable Doubt.
2) The material on those four albums seemed too geared toward the
MTV crowd than the underground peoples.
With album #6...the rap game has officially been put on lock.
The Blueprint doesn't boast the normal list of big name producers. It isn't filled with party joints and commercial
hits (besides H to the Izzo). It isn't a promotion for Jigga's
Rockafella family. Guest spots are limited.
It is JAY-Z, pure and simple. The result is his best album since Reasonable Doubt, hands down.
Surprisingly, most of the songs on this album are slow and full
of emotionally introspective lyrics (similar to some of his past
work like Regrets, You Must Love Me and This Can't Be Life.)
And of course, there is the outstanding diss track Takeover and
Eminem drops in for a couple verses on Renegade.
My favorite track is Song Cry, where Jigga recounts mistakes that
led to him losing the love of his life.
In summary, Jay Z can no longer be considered just a consistent
performer with one classic album.
It's time that even the underground fans start recognizing the
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mist on December 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Jay-Z has come yet with another classic album.expect this time it truely deserves 5 stars or 5 mics in The Source as it recieved.Jay mixes 70's funk and soul with rhymes about the struggles,pressure,success,and joy growing up.I'll break down the songs.
1)The Rulers Back-Declares he's back on the throne and involves some nice lyrical skills as well.
2)Takeover-He yells back at his enemies on this track.tearing into Mobb Deep and Nas.
3)Izzo(H.O.V.A.)-Poppy nice single that proclaims in beating the struggles and pressures and he does it in a nice cocky way.
4)Girls,Girls,Girls-a song telling of stories of all the different girls he has been with.Also he gets some help from Biz Markie,Q-Tip,and Slick Rick.
5)Jigga That Nigga-a nice bobby party track for yall to bounce to.
6)U Don't Know-Another good song talking about the streets and his hustful ways.
7)Hola Hovito-Another hot jam in which Jay proclaims he's the best and does a nice job on.
8)Heart Of The City(Ain't No Love)-A song adressing all the young haters on the street.Nice tune.
9)Never Change-Another heartwrenching song talking about his struggles and times growing up.
10)Song Cry-A song talking from a broken Jay about a girl he love d and broke her heart.
11)All I Need-Nice tune to chill out too.
12)Renegade(Feat Eminem)-A tight song releasing all the stress on the media,haters,society,etc.And Eminem takes it up a step on this one.
13)Momma Loves Me-A song thanking his momma and all the ones who raised him and surrounded him.
(Bonus)-Breath Easy(Lyrical Exersize)-good song talking about how Jay his and remains lyrically fit and emcees can't keep up wit him.
(Bonus)Girls,Girls,Girls(Remix Feat Chante Moore)-more tales of all the girls that he has been with.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nikolaos Hazinakis on September 13, 2001
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Listen up Jay-Z fans....the only reason this CD got 4 stars if because no other Jay-Z cd will come close to reasonable doubt. Another reason is the obvious samples...but only Jigga could get away with sampling a Doors song and make it sound good. Only 2 collaborations on the whole CD also show that Jay-Z is self reliant and has some major staying power....however, the best track on the CD might be the huge collaboration on track 4 titled "Girls, Girls, Girls" in which Q-Tip, Slick Rick, and Biz Markie take turns spitting the chorus. The collaboration on track 12 with Eminem was different...a less flossy Jay-Z. I gave this CD 4 stars but if I could give it 4 and half I would. Next to Reasonable Doubt, this is some of Jigga man's best work. A must buy.
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