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Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse

Jay-Z Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)
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Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse + Blueprint + The Black Album (Vinyl)
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Disc: 1
1. A Dream (featuring Faith Evans and Notorious B.I.G.)
2. Hovi Baby
3. The Watcher 2 (featuring Dr. Dre, Rakim & Truth Hurts)
4. '03 Bonnie & Clyde (featuring Beyonce Knowles)
5. Excuse Me Miss
6. What They Gonna Do (featuring Sean Paul)
7. All Around the World (featuring LaToiya Williams)
8. Poppin' Tags (featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista)
9. F**k All Nite
10. The Bounce
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Diamonds Is Forever
2. Guns & Roses (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
3. U Don't Know (remix, featuring M.O.P.)
4. Meet the Parents
5. Some How Some Way (featuring Beanie Sigel and Scarface)
6. Some People Hate
7. Blueprint 2
8. N***a Please (featuring Young Chris)
9. 2 Many Hoes
10. As One (featuring Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Guns, Peedi Crakk, Sparks & Rell)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with "gifts" from Jay-Z April 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Jay-Z finally released his long awaited double CD in late 2002 with "Blueprint 2:The Gift and The Curse." Even though 2-Pac and Biggie released CLASSIC double albums years before, composing a FLAWLESS double album is IMPOSSIBLE, unless you have all of the necessary tools to keep filler out of your album(my favorite MC Nas WILL do it this year with the double CD "Street's Disciple"). Jigga tries his hand with this album, and it's pretty decent after the first few listens. Here's the review:
Disc One
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.
Disc Two
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hot CD read my review!! Feb. 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
This compliation is hot, there are a few tracks that are suspect, but very few. Jay has much talent and variation on this album. The highight is that he does not charge a 2 CD price. It is the regular price of one cd also. I would get this CD on the definite. My reviews song by song:
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
Disc: 2

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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1.0 out of 5 stars J-Hova is really J-Over Feb. 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I vowed that after the first Blue Print disappointment, because Jay-Z had been so solid I would give him another chance. I was once again disappointed by this album. Gone are the days of Jay-Z spitting raw lyrics over hot beats. Instead now you have a very average Jay-Z saying average lines over terrible retro beats from the 50's. You would think that a double CD would average at least half of a good record, but it seems that the only good songs are excuse me miss, U don't know remix, and Diamond Is forever. The bonus tracks were not much better. Since he did the math on Nas lets do the math on him. If you take the first blue print which included 4 good songs out of 13 and add them with the 3 decent songs out of 22 from the blue print 2, you get 7 good songs out of his last 35 which is a 20% average of quality work. Sorry Jay thats so Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame! It is very clear that Sean Carter is now like Jose Canseco, he is holding on 2 long. It would benefit his career if he would just gracefully bow out. He needs to retire now before he drags his career avg. down even further. I will never again buy another Jay-Z album, his skills have clearly diminished, he is 2 old, and all I can say is putt the mic down and walk away, you can still have a little bit of dignity. This sorry excuse for a hip hop record gets no stars from me but since I have 2 give it something it gets a 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just wait until this man retires... Sept. 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
Then all the hating will surely cease and desist. I've come full circle in my appreciation for Hip Hop. At first it was all raw (Wu Tang), then concious (Black Star), and even forward thinking (Outkast). The list goes on. Gza, Rza (well Rza is still the god), Ghostface (dude is just nice), Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Plug One, Nas, Biggie, Pac, Dre and Big Boi, Common, etc. All of these guys are tremendous. I hated Jay Z during this phase. I use to think "What kind of jerk would take all that talent and just use it to pollute the minds of the same poor people he claims to identify with?" But after I stopped "skimming" through his music and started to listen to his rhymes it became clear that I had missed the boat. Jay Z is the god. I don't think even he could explain what he does. The man raps using sounds. It's all auditory. He doesn't try to rhyme words using their structure. This is why he doesn't need to write. He is playing tape of conversations, speeches, songs etc. that he has stored in his memory bank over the years and just listening for the rhymes. This is why he blows your mind with some of the rhymes you hear coming out of his mouth. I don't see a difference between closing my eyes and listening to him command and enslave syllables and closing my eyes and seeing fireworks while listening to a Hendrix solo. Don't worry about his content so much. The reason Hip Hop gives us that special feeling is due to the delivery and the command of the words whether freestyle or composed. Yes it would be nice to have him be concious too (that's what the Black Album is all about), but that will just be a footnote in this man's great legacy. God MC. Nothing more. Nothing Less.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been great.
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