Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse
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|1. Diamonds Is Forever|
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|3. U Don't Know (remix, featuring M.O.P.)|
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Do you want in on hip-hop's dirty little secret? Well, not even rap's greatest icons have been able to pull of a memorable, fast-forward-free double disc--2Pac's All Eyez on Me and Wu-Tang Clan's Wu-Tang Forever included. On this follow-up to part one, Jay teams up with Destiny's Child's Beyoncé on "03 Bonnie & Clyde," a so-so remake of 2Pac's "Me and My Girlfriend." The Dr. Dre-produced remix to "The Watcher," featuring Rakim, reveals that, in addition to expanding his audience, Jay is interested in appealing to his tried-and-tested demographic--East Coast hardrocks. He rounds out the first disc with "I Did It My Way," sampling Paul Anka's version of "My Way" and equating his Rap Pack (Kareem Burke, Dame Dash) to the Rat Pack of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. Don't laugh. The stronger second disc contains some pleasant surprises. The Lenny Kravitz-fuelled braggadocio of "Guns and Roses" titillates, while Jay's Jeru the Damaja-like "Bitches and Sisters" is sure to stir up accusations of misogyny. In the end, not even Jay can tear through 11 hot tracks, much less 25. --Dalton Higgins
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Album Highlights: A Dream, 03 Bonnie & Clyde, The Watcher 2, All Around The World, The Bounce, I Did It My Way, and Excuse Me Miss. Poppin Tags, F*** All Nite, and the song with Sean Paul are absolute filler.
Production: Thumbs in the middle, but nowhere near horrible.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs SLIGHTLY up for this one.
Originality: Thumbs in the middle. Nothing new here.
Album Highlights: Diamonds Are Forever, Guns N Roses, U Don't Know(Remix), Blueprint 2, Some People Hate, Meet The Parents, Some How, Some Way, and A Ballad For The Fallen Soldier. Feel free to skip 2 Many Hoes and N**** Please.
Production: Thumbs in the middle, right on par with the first disc.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs up.
Originality: Thumbs up, but slightly.
The Last Word: While not the flawless album that many thought it would, this is actually an excellent from Jay-Z. ONLY truly talented MCs like Jay-Z can release double albums that can make an impact. Although this release didn't set the world on fire, it truly represents Jigga as his retirement would soon be on the way. Recommended.
1. A Dream (featuring Faith Evans and Notorious B.I.G.) Remake of Biggie's song, gets a 3/5
2. Hovi Baby: Hot tracks. One of the best. 5/5
3. The Watcher 2 (featuring Dr. Dre, Rakim & Truth Hurts) Hot Dr. Dre, Jay, and Rakim. Enough said. 5/5
4. '03 Bonnie & Clyde (featuring Beyonce Knowles) Cool...not the hottest 4/5
5. Excuse Me Miss- Hot ass track with the Neptunes 5/5
6. What They Gonna Do 4/5
7. All Around the World (featuring LaToiya Williams)- 4/5
8. Poppin' Tags (featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista)- Dzam this is banging. 6/5
9. F**k All Nite- Hot ass track, funny too. 5/5
10. The Bounce- Hot Timbaland beat, talks about his classics. 5/5
11. I Did It My Way- Hot track, tight beat with Paul Anka's sample. 5/5
1. Diamonds Is Forever- Intro
2. Guns & Roses (featuring Lenny Kravitz)- Hot Lenny and Hova teamup. 5/5
3. U Don't Know (remix, featuring M.O.P.)- so so remix. Toom uch like original. 3/5
4. Meet the Parents- Hot beat reflecting on kids and parents. 4/5
5. Some How Some Way (featuring Beanie Sigel and Scarface)- Smooth cut, nice lyrics by all. 4/5
6. Some People Hate- 4/5
7. Blueprint 2- 4/5
8. N***a Please (featuring Young Chris)- Hot beat, lyrics are not the highlight so much.... 4/5
9. 2 Many Hoes- 4/5
10. As One (featuring Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Guns, Peedi Crakk, Sparks & Rell)- 4/5
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Most recent customer reviews
Its been proved by Cam'ron that Jay-Z steals lyrics from various artists like B.I.G, Tupac, Big L, Eazy-E, & others! Read morePublished on May 29 2006 by sharkfan69
This is a pretty tight album...it holds nothing to the first but is still pretty tight.Jay-Z is one of the greatest of all time and he just was trying some new flows out on this... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2005 by Hip-Hop Head
Ok, for all you jay-z haters you all are wack...this album is unreal. Just listen to the first song on the album which is a perfect beginning, jay-z kicks it in so many different... Read morePublished on July 23 2005 by Rizzo
I really liked the way he rhymed:
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Jay-z is a horrible rapper with little talent at all. WHERE WOULD YOU BE IF PAC WERE HERE? YOU SURE AS HELL WOULDN'T BE AS WELL OFF AS YOU ARE NOW. Read morePublished on June 17 2004
If Jay would of released these Cd's seperately The Curse would of done so much better than The Gift. Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Justin
Well overall the blueprint 2 is top 5 alltime in my list of fav cd's , the production is tight , but if jigga would have just had one cd with the following songs on it it would be... Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by glen
The Blueprint was a great album and to follow that up is hard. Jay-Z rushed the Blueprint 2. The songs didn't seem as personal or creative. Read morePublished on April 20 2004
The comment from Biggie that was used in "A Dream" ("blow up like the World Trade") referred to another explosion that happened in the World Trade Center in... Read morePublished on March 19 2004