The Blueprint

The Blueprint

by Jay-ZJay-Z

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Overview

As if there were any doubt about his status, Jay-Z reaffirms his title as a hip-hop honcho with The Blueprint. Whereas 2000's The Dynasty: Roc La Familia was a family affair, for his follow-up Jay-Z offers a solo manifesto on ruling the rap game. Once again, the prolific rapper spares no expense when it comes to heavy-hitting production, using the same sample-heavy formula on this, his sixth disc in five years, as he did on his winning debut, Reasonable Doubt. The Jackson 5's nostalgic "I Want You Back" anchors the summertime radio anthem "Izzo," just as "Hard-Knock Life" lifted vocals from the musical Annie. And it appears that his continuing success might be going to J-Hova's head. On Timbaland's "Hola Hovito," he boasts: "I'm Michael, Magic, and Bird all rolled in one/If I ain't better than Big, I'm the closest one." Although he's been embraced by the Total Request Live set, Jay maintains his street cred on battle rhymes such as "Renegade," produced by and featuring rap bad boy Eminem, and "Takeover," on which Jay-Z attacks rival MCs over a stomping Doors sample. Bootleggers and rap rivals, beware: Jay-Z's on the warpath, and nobody's gonna break his stride. Ryan Crosby

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Roc-A-Fella
UPC: 0731458639626
catalogNumber: 586396
Rank: 13710

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist
Slick Rick   Vocals
Biz Markie   Vocals
Q-Tip   Vocals
Michele Mills   Vocals
Victor Flowers   Organ
Josey Scott   Vocals
Stephanie Miller   Vocals
Keon Bryce   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eric Burdon   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Poke & Tone   Producer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Eminem   Producer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Kanye West   Producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
J. Smith   Producer
Jason Noto   Art Direction
Marshall Mathers   Composer
DJ Head   drum programming
Della Valle   Images
S. Black   Composer
M. Price   Composer
D. Walsh   Composer
D. Gibbs   Composer
A. Green   Composer
J. Morrison   Composer
R. Lemay   Composer
R. Johnson   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer
D. Richards   Composer
L. Parker   Composer
Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton   Engineer

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