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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 377 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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UK vinyl LP repressing of this classic Hip Hop release. Universal.

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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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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this album. However the case was broken when I received it. It does not stay open without the cover piece falling off. Also the centre that holds the CD is broken so the CD itself falls out when I open it. Not worth my time to return it for a new one though.
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Great album musically, but it is an incredibly low quality pressing. The audio quality is literally unbearable, and is not the least bit enjoyable on vinyl. I would recommend getting this album on digital, or perhaps on CD, and enjoy it there, but DO NOT get it in vinyl.
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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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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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Format: Audio CD
This one Folks is the 2001 Version of Me Against the World by 2Pac.It is a epic story that is about life's battles but with
Jay Z it is him self claming he is the king of New York(Nas
is the king now)and he talks about how no one can defeat him and makes monkey noices about how"Others try to get there ones
I try to get my Ms,One Million,Two Million,Three Million,Four"
That is self bragging to another level these our other types of songs and know it is not as good as Reasonable Doubt(But not much is) But damn this is good for 2001.
Here is the track listing with some commentary.
1.Rulers Back-Pretty Tight with the trumpets 9/10
2.The Takeover-Awesome war type style beat he does diss Nas but
he does a good job.Nas had better lyrics but Jay had the Better
Song and yes he did loose the war but this is good. 10/10
3.Izzo(H.O.V.A.)-Too Mainstream beat 5/10
4.Girls Girls Girls-not your tipicall Girl song 9/10
5.Jigga that _-Not that great at all 2/10
6.U Don't Know-awesome mainstream beat 10/10
7.Hola Havito-To Spanish for me 3/10
8.Heart of the City(Ain't no love)-great song the singer at the end of it is by far the best part of it. 10/10
9.Never Change-good 70s style soul 10/10
10.Song Cry-70s women type soul vibe 9/10
11.All I need
12.Renagades f Eminem both of them do a great job over a tight
Eminem beat that is pretty Battle-ish feel 10/10
13.Momma Loves Me-Pretty Good for his mom 8/10
13B.Breathe Easy-Like the second enof the title suggest this is
a Lyrical fitness over a very tight Beat 10/10
13C. Girls Girls Girls(Remix f Shante Moore)The girl that
brought us 1999s shante's got a man is back 8/10
A Great Album that I was stupidly was Frontin on.Buy It.
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Format: Audio CD
Not since his classic debut Reasonable Doubt has Jay dropped an all THIS good. Don't get me wrong, I loved all of his albums in between (except for the only average Vol. 3), but none were on par with Reasonable Doubt. On the Blueprint Jay-Z brings back the soul/jazzy sound back to the music. Something not seen since RZA of the Wu-Tang clan used them during the mid 90s. This album features that innovative style of production along with the fiery metaphors and witty phrases that made Reasonable Doubt such a great album. Now for the album.
The album starts off with a fiery intro called "The Ruler's Back" where Jay tells you exactly what he's going to do on this album. He says "I'm going to give you my thoughts", and proceeds to do just that. On the next track called Takeover, Jay-Z lyrically takes apart both Nas and Prodigy on the same song. Quite possibly one of the best diss songs in hip-hop history. On "Izzo" Jay gets more positive and talks about how selling drugs isn't a good thing. I know you've all heard this song by now. Girls Girls Girls is a mellow ode for the ladies and Jigga that Nigga is an uptempo club banger. On U Don't Know Jay comes off amazing with his metaphors. He says "I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell, I am a hustler baby I sell water to a well". The next song, "Hola Hovito" is produced by Timbaland and is one of the best beats he's done in the past 5 years. It's very addictive to the ears.
On most of the second half of the album Jay gets more introspective. On "Heart of the City" Jigga addresses the haters. He comes with fiery metaphors and punchlines, particularly on the 3rd verse. "Never Change" in my opinion is the best song on the entire album. It has introspective lyrics by Jigga and soulful production by Kanye West.
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