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Blueprint Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 18 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005O54T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)
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1. The Ruler's Back
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. Renagade
13. Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)

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The Blueprint may be Jay Z's most captivating record since Reasonable Doubt, but its predictably detached mood reflects the master hustler's superior ability to trick out lacklustre subject matter with lyrical complexity and brief flashes of manufactured introspection. The Blueprint, a solid mix of pre-programmed radio hits ("Izzo", "Girls, Girls, Girls") and better-than-average mid-tempo compositions ("Never Change", "Song Cry"), confirms the Brooklyn rapper's legendary status. Blistering flames of the Queensbridge/Jay Z feud fan high with "Takeover", a direct attack on Nas, set over The Doors' rock & roll burner, "5 To 1". "Renegade" provides the album's only full-on guest appearance. Jay and Eminem take this opportunity to address haters (within the industry and in the general population) who don't understand the mind of an artist. Jigga spells it out on the title track: "Reasonable Doubt-classic, shoulda went triple". The Blueprint might not be quite on par with Reasonable Doubt but it is reasonably good. --Rebecca Levine

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
After Jay-Z's captivating debut 'Reasonable Doubt', he followed with a few lackluster projects. He and the producers remarkably span all facets of rap while creating a very cohesive album: from the single-friendly 'Izzo (H.O.V.A.)' and 'Girls, Girls Girls' to the emotional 'Song Cry' and 'Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)' to the bangers 'U Don't Know' and 'Hola' Hovito'. While some tracks are better than others, there are none that are intolerable. Jay-Z's callout to Nas for The Brooklyn crown 'Takeover' is one of the album's best. Eminem also makes a guest appearance (and produces) 'Renegade' (originally an Eminem song with Royce da 5'9") and probably brings the best two verses on the CD if not his entire career. Kanye West makes a name for himself, and rightfully so, with his production on 'Takeover', 'Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)', 'Never Change', and'Izzo (H.O.V.A.)', despite his mass sampling. Jay-Z never says anything too profound, but brings it on 'The Blueprint' with a nice flow and consistent lyrics. This is a must buy for any hip hop fan as one of the greatests' bests.
(4.5/5 mics)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on Aug. 11 2003
Format: Audio CD
Great album. Amazing beats and jay-z came correct after his horrifying Volume 3 and a decent Volume 4. He comes out of the gates quickly with the ruler's back and takeover which are both hott. This won't be a comparison between nas and jay-z. Track listing.
1. The ruler's back - 9/10 - great beat, nice lyrics
2. The Takeover - 9.5/10 - the beat is awesome and he had some nice lyrics to go along with it
3. IZZO - 9/10 - its a good song, kinda played out tho
4. Girls, Girls, Girls - 7/10 - good, but the hook was just beyond stupid to the point where i can't even listen to it
5. Jigga that Nigga - 8.5/10 - hott stuff
6. U Don't Know - 9/10 - again top notch stuff
7. Hola Hovito - 9/10 - awesome, the list goes on
8. Heart of the city - 9/10 - amazing
9. Never Change - 6/10 - decent at best, the beat is boring but the lyrics make up for it
10. Song Cry - 10/10 - my personal favorite on the album
11. All I Need - 8/10 - tight beat. Another strong track
12. Renegade - 9.5/10 - Another one of my personal faves, eminem is great on here
13. Blueprint - 9/10 - amazing
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Jay-z is at the pinnacle with this record. It is the first rap record besides Kanye West that I have been able to FULLY connect with. I love this cd. His lyrics are so catchy and so rememerable that after a couple of listens I was going wit Jay and the rhymes. The beats done by the beatmaster himself Kanye, are so hot and so soulful that they almost steal the album. My favorite songs are TAKEOVER, Jay takes shots at Nas and has piercing lyrics. IZZO, because he samples one of my fave groups the Jackson 5, and its just so damn catchy. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, is also so soulful and very funny and Jay describes many types of girls. I like it, because its catchy and cool and it doesnt objectify women. HEART OF THE CITY, I love it for the hook, but I have to say I didn't like this song until Jaguar Wright did it right on the Unplugged cd. VERY HOT go cop that if you ain't heard it. NEVER CHANGE is a testament to the hood life and to the streets. Its almost like the song is standing his ground, he will never change. Very easy to listen to. SONG CRY is my favorite songs on the cd and one of my faves of all time!!! THe song is so hard!! He makes the song cry cause he can't see them coming down his face. I love it, it is the hiphop power ballad! Renegade is another favorite of mine, mainly because its so powerful and Eminem (I hate to say it Jay) spits hot fire on this track. This cd is so captivating, from the beats, to the verses, to Eminem ( the only guet appearance). Thats another thing Jay basically held the cd down for himself as far as performing. How many rap cds out there have a different person on each track. It's hard to hold down the fort by yourself, but hey the king of new york did it...and did it well!!
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By R. A. Freeman on June 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
Jay-z had a pretty respectable career by the fall of 2001. He had won a Grammy for Hard Knock Life, he'd sold multiple platinum albums, made his Roc-A-Wear clothing line successful and despite his ability to "bring the 'burbs to the hood" he maintained his street cred. Then out of nowhere came The Blueprint. This C.D. dropped and cemented Jay-z's spot in hip-hop history. By this time in his career Jay had long since dropped his rapid fire delivery and perfected his mid-pace but versatile flow.
The Blueprint is one of the few C.D.'s that I can listen to all the way through. There aren't any skits it's just fourteen (including the two bonus tracks) straight tracks. The production on the album is amazing. The now hugely popular Kanye West donated his soulful melodies to four of the songs. Even the radio-hits off of the Blueprint are still great tracks. "Izzo" and "Girls, girls, girls" could easily have been trite MTV-fodder but, instead they provide light-hearted intermissions to the serious tone of the rest of the L.P.
The only guest appearance other than the regular Roc-crew is that of Eminem. One of the best songs off the album Eminem and Jay-z destory a track that the great white hope himself produced. It is difficult to name my favorite song off of the album because this is one of the albums that is just best to listen to all the way through. But, that being said my favorite song off of The Blueprint is the Just Blaze produced track U Don't Know.
The Blueprint is one of my favorite C.D.'s of all-time and is the Illmatic of the new millenium; the album that defines a decade.
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