The Blueprint Explicit Lyrics
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Audio, Cassette, Explicit Lyrics, September 11, 2001
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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
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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".