The Blueprint Collector's Edition Limited Edition, Explicit Lyrics
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Audio, Cassette, Explicit Lyrics, September 11, 2001
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Includes both of Jay-Z's ground-breaking albums The Blueprint and The Blueprint 2:The Gift & The Curse with a space to complete you collection!
Both albums feature chart topping hits!
The Blueprint, the album that stated it all features the hits Izzo (H.O.V.A.), Girls, Girls, Girls, The Takeover, Song Cry and More!
The Blueprint 2; The Gift & The Curse THE DOUBLE ALBUM, the second in the set. Includes '03 Bonnie & Clyde feat. Beyonce, Excuse Me Miss, U Don't Know (Remix) and More!
This unique set also includes a limited edition collectible Jay-Z poster!
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I still remember a couple of the album's singles from back when they were playing on MTV, though they're honestly among my least favorite songs. They're not bad, and "Girls, Girls, Girls" redeems itself a bit with the second part crammed onto the end of the twelve minute final track, but most of the other songs just seem to have more heart and more interesting moments. The content of the album is heavily autobiographical as would probably be expected, and also a bit defensive, as he was getting some backlash at the time for being presumptuous about his place in the scene, although he's still very confident in his own greatness. To be honest though, I think the single best verse on the album belongs to Eminem, who collaborates on the track "Renegade" which is apparently a remake of one they did earlier. It's overall an extremely good song, with a beat that's unique to the album and some extraordinary lyrics from both rappers. "Takeover" is another one that sounds a bit different from the rest, and features some pretty brutal disses including two bars at the end that pretty brilliantly wave aside just about everyone. There's plenty of other good songs on the album, and there's not really a point in naming them because it's just such a consistently high quality achievement.
The album starts off with a fiery intro called "The Ruler's Back" where Jay tells you exactly what he's going to do on this album. He says "I'm going to give you my thoughts", and proceeds to do just that. On the next track called Takeover, Jay-Z lyrically takes apart both Nas and Prodigy on the same song. Quite possibly one of the best diss songs in hip-hop history. On "Izzo" Jay gets more positive and talks about how selling drugs isn't a good thing. I know you've all heard this song by now. Girls Girls Girls is a mellow ode for the ladies and Jigga that Nigga is an uptempo club banger. On U Don't Know Jay comes off amazing with his metaphors. He says "I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell, I am a hustler baby I sell water to a well". The next song, "Hola Hovito" is produced by Timbaland and is one of the best beats he's done in the past 5 years. It's very addictive to the ears.
On most of the second half of the album Jay gets more introspective. On "Heart of the City" Jigga addresses the haters. He comes with fiery metaphors and punchlines, particularly on the 3rd verse. "Never Change" in my opinion is the best song on the entire album. It has introspective lyrics by Jigga and soulful production by Kanye West. Everyone has heard "Song Cry" by now, where Jay relents the loss of a girl he used to love. The next song "All I Need" is about needing only your friends and family. Nothing else matters. Renagade with Eminem is just fire. Em's verses are fire but I can feel Jigga's verses more because his were more introspective. The final song called "Blueprint" has Jay talking about all the people who helped him get where he is today. Also check out the great bonus tracks "Lyrical Excercise" and "Girls Girls Girls Remix".