Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version) CD (2002)

Artist: Jay Z

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Label Universal Records
SKU 60580363
UPC 044006338125
UPC 14 00044006338125
Format CD
Release Date 11/12/2002
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Author Jay Z
Compilation Appearance Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hardcore (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ill Na Na (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance R. (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Streets Is Watching
Compilation Appearance 400 Degreez (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Belly (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Ryde Or Die (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Truth (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Of A Dying Breed (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Understanding (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Miss E...So Addictive (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reason (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fix (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Charmbracelet
Compilation Appearance Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Philadelphia Freeway (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance State Property Presents : the Chain Gang Vol II (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Tough Luv (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance R. In R&b Collection Vol. 1
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Baptism
Compilation Appearance Trill (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Compilation Appearance Late Registration
Compilation Appearance Late Registration (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Instrumental Icons Vol 3
Compilation Appearance Breakthrough
Compilation Appearance Exodus(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Food & Liquor(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Port Of Miami (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Port Of Miami (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Hip Hop Is Dead (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hip Hop Is Dead (Cln)
Compilation Appearance From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Because Of You
Compilation Appearance Definition Of X:pick Of The Litter(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Definition Of X:the Pick Of The Litte
Compilation Appearance Ti Vs Tip (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Free At Last(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Infinity On High (w/ Bonus CD)(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Trilla(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Solution(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Compilation Appearance Solution
Compilation Appearance X2 (music Box/butterfly)
Compilation Appearance Total Club Hits
Compilation Appearance Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Way I See It
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii
Compilation Appearance Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Road To Revolution:live At Milton Key(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Compilation Appearance Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Compilation Appearance Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy:session
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy:experience(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Teflon Don
Compilation Appearance Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Raymond Vs Raymond
Compilation Appearance Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tm 103
Compilation Appearance Tbd
Compilation Appearance My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Compilation Appearance My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [Deluxe] (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [edited]
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Compilation Appearance Best Of The Roots
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance Essential Mariah Carey
Compilation Appearance 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Now 46
Compilation Appearance Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2 CD) (Edited Version)
Compilation Appearance 5 Classic Albums:no Limit Records
Compilation Appearance 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce 2013 (Clean)
Compilation Appearance MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mastermind
Compilation Appearance MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Essential Sade
Compilation Appearance BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Seen It All
Compilation Appearance Seen It All
Compilation Appearance SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hood Billionaire
Compilation Appearance HOOD BILLIONAIRE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Clean)
Compilation Appearance 2015 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance ICON:FOXY BROWN(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dangerously In Love
Compilation Appearance COLE WORLD:SIDELINE STORY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 1 To Infinity
Compilation Appearance Let?s Get It:thug Motivation 101
Associated Artist/Work Bleek, Memphis
Associated Artist/Work Bloodfire
Associated Artist/Work Cent, 50
Associated Artist/Work Dre, Dr.
Associated Artist/Work Jeezy, Young
Associated Artist/Work Killah, Ghostface
Technical Info
Engineer Andrew Coleman; David Maurice; Jimmy Douglas; Mike Ging; Rick Travali; Superfly; Shane Woodley
CatalogID 0633812
Lable Name Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Released 11/12/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 108m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00044006338125
Musical Guests
Faith Evans
The Notorious B.I.G.
Dr. Dre
Rakim
Truth Hurts
Scarface
Sean Paul
Twista
Big Boi
Lenny Kravitz
Latoiya Williams
Killer Mike
M.O.P.
Beanie Sigel
Young Chris
Freeway
Memphis Bleek
Peedie Crakk
Rell
Sparks
Young Guns
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jay-Z, Notorius B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Scarface, Twista, Big Boi, Killer Mike, M.O.P., Beanie Sigel, Young Chris, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Guns, Peedi Crakk, Rell (rap vocals); Lenny Kravitz, Faith Evans, Raje Shwari, LaToiya Williams, Beyonce Knowles (vocals); Just Blaze (various instruments, vinyl scratches); Eric "E-Bass" Johnson (various instruments); Scott Storch (Fender Rhodes piano); Mike Elizondo, Camara Kambon (keyboards); Debra Killings (bass); Mark Dorsey, Michelle Rosario, Sleepy Brown, LaToiya Williams, Truth Hurts, Christy Love, Hovi Baby (background vocals).
Producers include: Kanye West, Blaze, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Timbaland.
THE BLUEPRINT 2 was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Excuse Me Miss" was nominated for Best Rap Song.
Personnel includes: Jay-Z, Faith Evans, Notorious B.I.G., Dr Dre, Rakim, Truth Hurts, Beyonce' Knowles, Sean Paul, Latoiya Williams, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Twista, Lenny Kravitz, M.O.P., Beanie Sigel, Scareface, Young Chris, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Guns, Peedi Crakk, Sparks & Rell.
Producers include: Kanye West, Just Blaze, Dr Dre, Timbaland, No I.D.
THE BLUEPRINT 2 was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Excuse Me Miss" was nominated for Best Rap Song.
Personnel: Debra Killings (vocals, bass guitar); Christy Love, Michelle Rosario, Christian Love, LaToiya Williams, Marc Dorsey, Raje Shwari, Sleepy Brown (vocals); Eric Johnson , Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards); Scott Spencer Storch (Fender Rhodes piano); Camara Kambon (keyboards); Just Blaze (scratches); Terri, Truth Hurts (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: John Frye; Jason Goldstein; Doug Wilson; Dr. Dre; Jimmy Douglas; Lenny Kravitz; Patrick Viala; Richard Travali.
Recording information: Baseline Studios, New York, NY; Encore Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Encore Studios, LA, CA; Manhattan Center, New York, NY; Master Sound Studio, CA; Record One Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Record One, LA, CA; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; The Boiler Room, New York, NY.
Photographers: Albert Watson ; Rebecca Meek; Jonathan Mannion.
It's hard not to somewhat admire the guts of a rapper who would lead off his album by not merely sampling a hearty slice of the hallowed Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" while Faith sings in the background, but by claiming Biggie's tacit approval on "A Dream." This is before he compares himself to Jesus at least three times. It's exactly this sort of unyielding confidence ever teetering on the verge of megalomaniacal arrogance that propelled Jay-Z to the pinnacle of the rap world.
As 2002 wound to a close, the prolific Sean Carter dropped the sequel to the critically lauded, platinum-selling THE BLUEPRINT; two CDs, no skits, no filler, nothing but urgent poetics over tight tracks. Jay-Z may never possess the elevated prose of his arch-rival Nas, but he knows the power in brevity, in a terse, well-turned phrase. While he's always been an eccentric sampler, on THE BLUEPRINT VOL. 2 he pares away any hint of gimmickry or excess. On "Guns And Roses," he effortlessly reconfigures a Cake instrumental as picture-perfect backdrop to a stark parable about life's duality as Lenny Kravitz wails along. Overall, THE BLUEPRINT VOL. 2 continues and builds upon the legacy of the Queens megastar MC.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.92) - "...Something of a hip-hop WHITE ALBUM: two discs worth of party anthems and serious songwriting..."
Spin (1/03, p.71) - Ranked #13 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...This may be hip-hop's first consistently great double album--funny, sonically dense, blessedly free of wacky skits..."
Q (01/03, p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He's aflame, energy sparking from every laser-sharp line, every supercharged beat, every lunging string sweep..."
Disc 1
1 Dream, A - (featuring Faith Evans/The Notorious B.I.G.),Diamond Is Forever
2 Hovi Baby,Guns & Roses - (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
3 Watcher 2, The - (featuring Dr. Dre/Rakim/Truth Hurts),U Don't Know - (remix, featuring M.O.P.)
4 '03 Bonnie & Clyde - (featuring Beyonce Knowles),Meet The Parents
5 Excuse Me Miss,Some How Some Way - (featuring Beanie Sigel/Scarface)
6 What They Gonna Do - (featuring Sean Paul),Some People Hate
7 All Around The World - (featuring LaToiya Williams),Blueprint 2
8 Poppin' Tags - (featuring Big Boi/Killer Mike/Twista),N***a Please - (featuring Young Chris)
9 F**k All Nite,2 Many Hoes
10 Bounce, The,As One - (featuring Memphis Bleek/Freeway/Young Guns/Peedie Crakk/Sparks/Rell)
11 I Did It My Way,Ballad For The Fallen Soldier, A
12 Show You How - (bonus track)
13 Bitches & Sisters - (bonus track)
14 What They Gonna Do Part II - (bonus track)
Disc 2
1 Dream, A - (featuring Faith Evans/The Notorious B.I.G.),Diamond Is Forever
2 Hovi Baby,Guns & Roses - (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
3 Watcher 2, The - (featuring Dr. Dre/Rakim/Truth Hurts),U Don't Know - (remix, featuring M.O.P.)
4 '03 Bonnie & Clyde - (featuring Beyonce Knowles),Meet The Parents
5 Excuse Me Miss,Some How Some Way - (featuring Beanie Sigel/Scarface)
6 What They Gonna Do - (featuring Sean Paul),Some People Hate
7 All Around The World - (featuring LaToiya Williams),Blueprint 2
8 Poppin' Tags - (featuring Big Boi/Killer Mike/Twista),N***a Please - (featuring Young Chris)
9 F**k All Nite,2 Many Hoes
10 Bounce, The,As One - (featuring Memphis Bleek/Freeway/Young Guns/Peedie Crakk/Sparks/Rell)
11 I Did It My Way,Ballad For The Fallen Soldier, A
12 Show You How - (bonus track)
13 Bitches & Sisters - (bonus track)
14 What They Gonna Do Part II - (bonus track)

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