Not only has Jay-Z graced us with yet another superb album, but he's even given us 2 whole CDs worth of quality new material. It may not be as classic as the original Blueprint, but songs like "All Around The World" and "As One" represent a new and refurnished appreciation for life, and give the album a fresh new feel. There are plenty of fun, bouncing songs with less deep meanings, like the Neptunes-produced "F**k All Nite" and "Excuse Me Miss," which features the singing talents of Pharell Williams. Despite production credits for the Neptunes, Timbaland and Dr. Dre, the awards for best production would have to go to Jay-Z's Rocafella students Just Blaze and Kanye West, who totally establish a reputation for the future of production in hip-hop. And unlike the first Blueprint, which featured one vocal guest; Eminem, the second installment has a small army of guest rappers and singers, most spookily the Notorious BIG on the opening track; he makes a bizarre comment about "blowing up like the World Trade," despite having died in 1997. Also among the guests are Dr. Dre, Rakim, Sean Paul, Lenny Kravitz and Scarface, not to mention a sample of Paul Anka on "I Did It My Way," and the great Heavy D on production for "Guns & Roses." A splendid collection, with surprisingly little filler material for a double album. It's no "All Eyez On Me," but it's definitely more than enough to keep the fans content until that last fateful installment from the undisputed lyrical genius Sean Carter.