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Format: CD
Sku: 60501047
UPC: 731458639626
UPC 14: 00731458639626
Release Date: 9/11/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Ruler's Back, The ~ Jay-Z
2. Takeover ~ Jay-Z
3. Izzo (H.O.V.A) ~ Jay-Z
4. Girls, Girls, Girls ~ Jay-Z
5. Jigga That N***a ~ Jay-Z
6. U Don't Know ~ Jay-Z
7. Hola Hovito ~ Jay-Z
8. Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) ~ Jay-Z
9. Never Change ~ Jay-Z
10. Song Cry ~ Jay-Z
11. All I Need ~ Jay-Z
12. Renegade - (featuring Eminem) ~ Jay-Z
13. Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) ~ Jay-Z
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Jay-Z, Eminem, Q-Tip, Slick Rick, Biz Markie (rap vocals); Josey Scott (vocals); Victor Flowers (organ); Bink (programming).
Muze PNote Producers include: Kayne West, Just Blaze, Trackmaster, Timbaland, Bink.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote "Song Cry" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Male Rap Solo Performance.
Muze PNote Personnel: Stephanie Miller, Michele Mills, Josey Scott, Keon Bryce, Q-Tip, Slick Rick, Biz Markie (vocals); Victor Flowers (organ); DJ Head (drum programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Jason Goldstein; Doug Wilson; Eminem; Jimmy Douglas; Richard Huredia.
Muze PNote Recording information: Baseline Studios, New York, NY; Manhattan Center, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Photographer: Jonathan Mannion.
Muze PNote 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.

Engineer: Jimmy Douglas

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Eminem
Muze Guest Artist Q-Tip
Muze Guest Artist Biz Markie
Muze Guest Artist Slick Rick

Artist Overview

Considered one of the best lyricists to emerge in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac's deaths, Jay-Z has since carried the flag of hip-hop narrative skill. His Roc-A-Fella family had already created a solid reputation based on Jay-Z's 1997 debut. As his fame has grown, so has his tendency to bring more R&B production elements into his work, creating a club-friendly, danceable version of east coast gangsta hip-hop that hasn't diminished his reputation as a preeminent force in rap. Perhaps even more importantly, Jay-Z has become a powerful musica impresario. In his role as president/CEO of Def Jam in the early 2000s, he fostered the careers of popular R&B singers Rihanna and Ne-Yo, and enjoyed a high profile as a co-owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team. His long relationship and eventual marriage to superstar Beyonce has further endeared him to fans.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Hardcore (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ill Na Na (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations R. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Streets Is Watching
Muze Music Compilations Life After Death (Explicit Version)
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 Vol. 1-Ryde Or Die (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Truth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Backstage Mixtape (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Of A Dying Breed (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Understanding (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reason (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fix (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Charmbracelet
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Philadelphia Freeway (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dangerously In Love (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations State Property Presents : the Chain Gang Vol II (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Love & Life
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations M.a.d.e. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents: hip Hop Hits Vol. 7
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Tough Luv (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Baptism
Muze Music Compilations 534 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trill (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations Trill (chopped & Screwed)(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 Food & Liquor(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (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 From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
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 Solution
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits
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 Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
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 Road To Revolution:live At Milton Key(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 Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
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 Black And White America
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations R. In R&b Collection Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Exodus(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations X2 (music Box/butterfly)
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:session
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Roots
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
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 Beyonce 2013 (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mastermind
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Sade
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 Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce (Clean)

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 : 09/11/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5863962
Music Label Name Label : Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731458639626

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..."

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