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The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

JAY Z

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Released on the heels of The Blueprint, this double-disc sequel features Jay joining forces with an array of fellow platinum superstars and it flaunts plenty of the nuanced lyricism and party starting beats that have made Jigga one of the most revered MCs of all time. Several joints are bona fide hits, such as the Beyoncé collaboration "03’ Bonnie & Clyde" (an updated version of Tupac's "Me and My Girlfriend"), the aptly titled future funk of "The Bounce," and the ultra-smooth Pharrell-assisted single "Excuse Me Miss." Production is handled by the usual suspects: Neptunes, Kanye, Just Blaze, Timbaland, and even Dr. Dre contribute tracks that are alternately soul-drenched and ice-cold, and the ghost of Biggie appears alongside his former wife Faith Evans on "A Dream." Other guest verses come from the likes of Rakim, M.O.P. Scarface, and Beanie Sigel, to name a few. Some fans complained about the abundance of outsiders and meandering styles (particularly Lenny Kravitz on the rock-tinged "Guns and Roses" and the Sinatra-channeling "I Did It My Way"), but the unpredictable, against-the-grain selections are refreshing, and there are a lot of quality songs in the mix.  

Customer Reviews

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Jay-Z bit 03' Bonnie & Clyde off tupac

great album

look idiots jay didnt "Steal" the song he would have been sued. plus pac sampled a bunch of his hits. also to the idiot who said this steals the theme from eminem's 97 bonnie and clyde in that song eminem talks about killing his wife that isnt like 03 bonnie and clyde at all

Good Album, Bad Sequel

This is a strong album- a lot of great songs (Excuse Me Miss being the best), a lot of experiments and a lot of Jay-Z. However, even this good of an album looks bad compared to the Blueprint, with its terriffic beats and great raps. As a sequel, it just looks like its trying too hard to be another masterpiece. Treat this as a stand alone and then you've got something. Almost anything Jay-Z does has some worth, so why not a double album?

Biography

Born: December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to eventually become the reigning rapper of New York City and, in turn, a major-label executive following his short-lived retirement from music-making. In the wake of his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions upon millions with each release, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever...
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