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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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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)
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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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Jay-Z ~ Blueprint Vol. 2 - The Gift and the Curse

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from the Jigga man. Aug. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little Disappointing Dec 25 2002
Format:Audio CD
Another year another Jay-Z album, oops, I mean a double album now. It was probably a bad idea for Jay-Z to drop a double LP. Too many fillers in this one such as "Excuse Me Miss", "2 Many Hoes", "As One" (one of the worse rap songs in the world), "Hovi Baby", & "What They Gonna Do". Let's get to the good parts of the album. The first disc highlights are "A Dream", "Poppin' Tags" (my all time favorite), "The Watcher 2", "03 Bonnie & Clyde", & "All Around the World". "The Bounce was alright, Kanye West was not all that impressive. The second disc is a little stronger when it comes down to his lyrics. "Meet the Parents", "Some Home Some Way", & Diamonds is Forever", are great songs. "U Don't Know (Remix)" is off the hook. M.O.P. ripped it up. "Guns & Roses" is growing on me. If you are a huge Jay-Z/Roc fan buy this album. If you are the type of person like me that just buy Cd's, just burn it. If you put those good songs, I mentioned on one disc, then it will be a near classic.
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Format:Audio CD
What is amazing about Jay-Z is his ability to constantly stay up with the times. So many other rappers fail to meet the current demand in hip-hop and rap taste that they fall off, but Jay-Z has avoided that pitfall. Bringing lots of new flavor to the Blueprint 2, Jay-Z is definately in the Prime of his career. The Gift & The Curse are two cds packed with pure talent and wonderfully selected beats.
The Gift is highlighted by such tracks as "A Dream," "'03 Bonnie and Clyde," and "The Watched 2."
The Curse is highlighted by such tracks as "Diamond is Forever," "Guns & Roses" and "As One."
Jay-Z has brought many names to his album. His previous album "The Blueprint" had only one other performer on this album (Eminem), but Jay-Z made the decision to bring many voices into his tracks for this double-cd release. Some of the artists on the tracks include Memphis Bleek, Faith Evans, the Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Beanie Sigel, Lenny Kravitz, and Beyonce' Knowles.
This album deserves high praise for Jay-Z's mature rap style, mastery of sharp lyrics, and downright quality songs. I pray that the radio does not get a hold of too many of the songs on the album - because I would hate for such quality to be played out.
My rating - 5 of 5 stars. Best rap/hip-hop cd that I have purchased in 2002 - no contest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars SWAGGER JACKER May 30 2006
Format:Audio CD
Its been proved by Cam'ron that Jay-Z steals lyrics from various artists like B.I.G, Tupac, Big L, Eazy-E, & others! He steals like the whole sentence of lyric they spit on their tracks. Its pretty sad. So ever since then, I've lost all respect for this guy who I thought was a good rapper... And by the way, this album sucks, im being nice by giving it a 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as the First... Oct. 27 2005
Format:Audio CD
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 album and they sounded pretty damn good to me.Best Song "Meet The Parents"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haters July 24 2005
By Rizzo
Format:Audio CD
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 moods and flows. From the preaching blueprint 2, to the club banger poppin tags to every song on this cd. Jay-z's collab with beyonce is off the hook, and for you who said look where jay-z would be today..ur fake, jay-z is giving props to pac as one of the ambassadors of hip-hop...so u are obviously wrong in saying jay-z "copied"...this albums is crazy but all you fakes who skim through rap need to keep ya day jobs..peace......."im supposed to be number 1 on everybodys list, we'll see what happens when i no longer exist"-Jigga/Hov/J-Hova/Jay-z/Jay/Shawn Carter/The One
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1.0 out of 5 stars A talented rapper he said
I really liked the way he rhymed:
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Published on July 19 2004 by somehow
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible, actually deserves 0 stars, THIEVERY!
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 more
Published on June 18 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The Curse Saves it...
If Jay would of released these Cd's seperately The Curse would of done so much better than The Gift. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Justin
5.0 out of 5 stars Glen's Review
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 more
Published on May 19 2004 by glen
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been great.
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 more
Published on April 20 2004 by "eury68"
4.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with "gifts" from Jay-Z
Jay-Z finally released his long awaited double CD in late 2002 with "Blueprint 2:The Gift and The Curse. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Wayne Maye
2.0 out of 5 stars Response to Samuel Weissman
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 more
Published on March 19 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Jay-Z Number 1 fan with honest opinions
I heard it was WACK and I bought it anyway; I am a die-hard Jay-Z fan...and will always be...even when he does a rushed, not-so-good album like Blueprint 2. Read more
Published on March 15 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot CD read my review!!
This compliation is hot, there are a few tracks that are suspect, but very few. Jay has much talent and variation on this album. Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by B. Hines
1.0 out of 5 stars J-Hova is really J-Over
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004
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