Blueprint (Explicit Version) CD (2001)

Artist: Jay-Z

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Product Overview


Label Uni/def Jam
SKU 60501047
UPC 731458639626
UPC 14 00731458639626
Format CD
Release Date 9/11/2001
Author Jay-Z
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
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
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Sean, Big
Associated Artist/Work Tapemasters, Inc.
Artist Influence 2Pac
Artist Influence Doug E. Fresh
Artist Influence EPMD
Artist Influence Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Influence Gang Starr
Artist Influence Kool G Rap
Artist Influence Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Artist Influence LL Cool J
Artist Influence Main Source
Artist Influence Marley Marl
Artist Influence Rakim
Artist Influence Run-D.M.C.
Artist Influence Slick Rick
Artist Contemporary 50 Cent
Artist Contemporary AZ
Artist Contemporary Beanie Sigel
Artist Contemporary Big L
Artist Contemporary Big Punisher
Artist Contemporary Clipse
Artist Contemporary DMX
Artist Contemporary Eminem
Artist Contemporary Fabolous
Artist Contemporary Fat Joe
Artist Contemporary Fatal
Artist Contemporary Freeway
Artist Contemporary Ghostface Killah
Artist Contemporary Ja Rule
Artist Contemporary Jadakiss
Artist Contemporary Joe Budden
Artist Contemporary Kanye West
Artist Contemporary Kendrick Lamar
Artist Contemporary Lupe Fiasco
Artist Contemporary Mase
Artist Contemporary Memphis Bleek
Artist Contemporary Method Man
Artist Contemporary Missy Elliott
Artist Contemporary Mobb Deep
Artist Contemporary Mystikal (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Nas
Artist Contemporary Noreaga
Artist Contemporary Prodigy (Mobb Deep)
Artist Contemporary Raekwon
Artist Contemporary Redman
Artist Contemporary Ski Beatz
Artist Contemporary T.I.
Artist Contemporary The Diplomats
Artist Contemporary The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Follower Aesop Rock
Artist Follower Bas
Artist Follower Devin
Artist Follower DMX
Artist Follower Drag-On
Artist Follower Earl Sweatshirt
Artist Follower Fabolous
Artist Follower Far East Movement
Artist Follower Freeway
Artist Follower Guilty Simpson
Artist Follower J. Cole (Rap)
Artist Follower Ja Rule
Artist Follower Jean Grae
Artist Follower Joe Budden
Artist Follower Kanye West
Artist Follower Lil' Cease
Artist Follower Meek Mill
Artist Follower Memphis Bleek
Artist Follower Ms. Jade
Artist Follower Sauce Money
Artist Follower T.I.
Artist Follower The Murderers
Artist Follower The Neptunes
Artist Follower Trip Lee (rap)
Artist Follower Young Jeezy
Technical Info
Engineer Jimmy Douglas
CatalogID 5863962
Lable Name Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Released 09/11/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 63m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731458639626
Musical Guests
Biz Markie
Slick Rick
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Jay-Z, Eminem, Q-Tip, Slick Rick, Biz Markie (rap vocals); Josey Scott (vocals); Victor Flowers (organ); Bink (programming).
Producers include: Kayne West, Just Blaze, Trackmaster, Timbaland, Bink.
THE BLUEPRINT was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.
"Song Cry" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Male Rap Solo Performance.
Personnel: Stephanie Miller, Michele Mills, Josey Scott, Keon Bryce, Q-Tip, Slick Rick, Biz Markie (vocals); Victor Flowers (organ); DJ Head (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Jason Goldstein; Doug Wilson; Eminem; Jimmy Douglas; Richard Huredia.
Recording information: Baseline Studios, New York, NY; Manhattan Center, New York, NY.
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion.
It's official. With his fifth album, aptly titled THE BLUEPRINT, Jay-Z has crowned himself the king of rap music. Laying a foundation for other MC's to follow, Jay Hova presents a lyrical masterpiece. And to make matters worse (for the competition, that is), he does so over a selection of the tightest beats (Jus Blaze, Timbaland) to come by hip-hop since fellow Brooklyn-ite Notorious B.I.G. changed the game. Jay-Z sets it off with a clear and concise statement of his purpose, "The Ruler's Back." From then on, each track dares rappers who tried to test his skills to answer back this time. There's also the cleverly worded (sort of a) love song "Girls, Girls, Girls," where Jay calls out every type of woman in the book. He limits the guest appearances to just one when he collaborates with Eminem for "Renegade." As always, classic material proves why Jay-Z retains his iconic status in the hip-hop world.
Artist Overview
Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become the reigning rapper of New York City. Beginning with his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions with each release, and his hits made him omnipresent on urban radio. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever rivals attempted to oust him from atop the rap game, sparring most memorably with Nas. Jay-Z and his Roc-a-Fella associates greatly influenced the industry and established many of the trends that pervaded hip-hop during the 2000s and 2010s. ~ Jason Birchmeier
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/03/02, p.119) - Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "Top 10 2001".
Spin (1/02, p.76) - Ranked #7 in Spin's "Albums of the Year 2001" - "...Dig the planet's most charismatic egoist flowing like Cristal....Punk record of the year? Fo'sheazy!"
Entertainment Weekly (9/28/01, p.72) - "...Jay spits his outlaw boasts and pimp-slap toasts with the same cooly obstreperous flow that's always gilded his thug-life cliches..." - Rating: B-
Q (12/02, p.67) - Included in Q Magazine's "The 50 Best Albums of 2002."
Q (11/01, pp.122-3) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...Drenched in slinky, '70s soul samples this time round, the hooks, and inevitably the hits, just keep on coming."
Uncut (12/01, p.108) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The sonics here are relentlessly ear-catching. Almost every tune sounds like a hit..."
The Wire (1/02, p.40) - Ranked #12 in Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2001".
Vibe (1/02, p.74) - Rated as Vibe's "Best Album" of the year, 2001.
Vibe (11/01, pp.145-6) - 5 discs out of 5 - "...Like a bookend [to his forst album 1996's REASONABLE DOUBT], or the second key on a double-bolt lock. Only better...he is our cleanest poet, rethinking space..."
NME (Magazine) (12/29/01, p.59) - Ranked #4 in NME's 50 "Albums Of the Year 2001".
NME (Magazine) (10/6/01, p.41) - 8 out of 10 - "...Eloquently maps out life's foundations: laughter, tears, joy and pain, and marks the Jigga as the complete rapper..."
Disc 1
1 Ruler's Back, The
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 Renegade - (featuring Eminem)
13 Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)

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