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Learn more about Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 60580363
UPC: 044006338125
UPC 14: 00044006338125
Release Date: 11/12/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Dream, A - (featuring Faith Evans/The Notorious B.I.G.) ~ Jay-Z
2. Hovi Baby ~ Jay-Z
3. Watcher 2, The - (featuring Dr. Dre/Rakim/Truth Hurts) ~ Jay-Z
4. '03 Bonnie & Clyde - (featuring Beyonce Knowles) ~ Jay-Z
5. Excuse Me Miss ~ Jay-Z
6. What They Gonna Do - (featuring Sean Paul) ~ Jay-Z
7. All Around The World - (featuring LaToiya Williams) ~ Jay-Z
8. Poppin' Tags - (featuring Big Boi/Killer Mike/Twista) ~ Jay-Z
9. F**k All Nite ~ Jay-Z
10. Bounce, The ~ Jay-Z
11. I Did It My Way ~ Jay-Z
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Diamond Is Forever ~ Jay-Z
2. Guns & Roses - (featuring Lenny Kravitz) ~ Jay-Z
3. U Don't Know - (remix, featuring M.O.P.) ~ Jay-Z
4. Meet The Parents ~ Jay-Z
5. Some How Some Way - (featuring Beanie Sigel/Scarface) ~ Jay-Z
6. Some People Hate ~ Jay-Z
7. Blueprint 2 ~ Jay-Z
8. N***a Please - (featuring Young Chris) ~ Jay-Z
9. 2 Many Hoes ~ Jay-Z
10. As One - (featuring Memphis Bleek/Freeway/Young Guns/Peedie Crakk/Sparks/Rell) ~ Jay-Z
11. Ballad For The Fallen Soldier, A ~ Jay-Z
12. Show You How - (bonus track) ~ Jay-Z
13. Bitches & Sisters - (bonus track) ~ Jay-Z
14. What They Gonna Do Part II - (bonus track) ~ Jay-Z
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Producers include: Kanye West, Blaze, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Timbaland.
Muze PNote THE BLUEPRINT 2 was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Excuse Me Miss" was nominated for Best Rap Song.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Producers include: Kanye West, Just Blaze, Dr Dre, Timbaland, No I.D.
Muze PNote THE BLUEPRINT 2 was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Excuse Me Miss" was nominated for Best Rap Song.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: John Frye; Jason Goldstein; Doug Wilson; Dr. Dre; Jimmy Douglas; Lenny Kravitz; Patrick Viala; Richard Travali.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographers: Albert Watson ; Rebecca Meek; Jonathan Mannion.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Engineer: Andrew Coleman; David Maurice; Jimmy Douglas; Mike Ging; Rick Travali; Superfly; Shane Woodley

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Faith Evans
Muze Guest Artist The Notorious B.I.G.
Muze Guest Artist Dr. Dre
Muze Guest Artist Rakim
Muze Guest Artist Truth Hurts
Muze Guest Artist Scarface
Muze Guest Artist Sean Paul
Muze Guest Artist Twista
Muze Guest Artist Big Boi
Muze Guest Artist Lenny Kravitz
Muze Guest Artist Latoiya Williams
Muze Guest Artist Killer Mike
Muze Guest Artist M.O.P.
Muze Guest Artist Beanie Sigel
Muze Guest Artist Young Chris
Muze Guest Artist Freeway
Muze Guest Artist Memphis Bleek
Muze Guest Artist Peedie Crakk
Muze Guest Artist Rell
Muze Guest Artist Sparks
Muze Guest Artist Young Guns

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Hardcore (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ill Na Na (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations R. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Streets Is Watching
Muze Music Compilations Chyna Doll (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 400 Degreez (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Belly (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Of A Dying Breed (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Understanding (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fix (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Philadelphia Freeway (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Love & Life
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Ryde Or Die (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations M.a.d.e. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Truth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations R. In R&b Collection Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents: hip Hop Hits Vol. 7
Muze Music Compilations Baptism
Muze Music Compilations State Property Presents : the Chain Gang Vol II (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dangerously In Love (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations 534 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trill (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Instrumental Icons Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Trill (cln)
Muze Music Compilations Breakthrough
Muze Music Compilations Duets:final Chapter
Muze Music Compilations Exodus(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Charmbracelet
Muze Music Compilations Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Food & Liquor(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations B'day
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Is Dead (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Is Dead (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Because Of You
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of X:pick Of The Litter(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of X:the Pick Of The Litte
Muze Music Compilations Ti Vs Tip (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Free At Last(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Infinity On High (w/ Bonus CD)(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Trilla(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Solution(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations X2 (music Box/butterfly)
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations Reason (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Here I Stand
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Way I See It
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Best Of NOW That's What I Call Music - 10th Anniversary Edition
Muze Music Compilations Backstage Mixtape (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way
Muze Music Compilations Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam 25:Dj Bring That Back 1984-20
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:experience(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Xxxo:remixes(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Raymond Vs Raymond
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations Gangstas And Hustlaz
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Roots
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives I Don't
Muze Music Compilations Essential Mariah Carey
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 46
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2 CD) (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 Classic Albums:no Limit Records
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mastermind
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Seen It All
Muze Music Compilations Seen It All
Muze Music Compilations SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Road To Revolution:live At Milton Key(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations B'day
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trill (chopped & Screwed)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Solution
Muze Music Compilations Tough Luv (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Black And White America
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce
Muze Music Compilations Essential Sade
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:session
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story

Associated Artists and Works

A Tribute To Jay-Z ~ Artists, Various
Bleek, Memphis
Bloodfire
Cent, 50
Dre, Dr.
Jeezy, Young
Streets Is Watching [PA] ~ Original Soundtrack
Sean, Big
Tapemasters, Inc.
A Tribute to Jay-Z [Big Eye] [PA] ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/12/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0633812
Music Label Name Label : Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00044006338125

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..."

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