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The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse


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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

Underrated Album - All Time Favorite

It's always hard to follow up a classic like The Blueprint, but Jay-Z did it. Most people probably would not agree with me, but I think that this might be better than the original Blueprint. "03 Bonnie & Clyde" and "Excuse Me Miss" were the radio hits from this album, but you gotta listen to the whole thing. Kanye West, Just Blaze, and many others lay down amazing beats for this album, which allow songs like "As One" and "Diamond is Forever" to be so good. "Blueprint 2" (the song) also has a great beat and declares Jay as the greatest alive. Also, it's nice to see others like Dr. Dre and Twista pitch in. "A Dream" is a touching tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. with the sampled first verse of "Juicy." Although it did not get much recognition, "U Don't Know (Remix)" is probably the best song on the album. On this album, which I think is even better than the original Blueprint, Hov demonstrates his amazing skill. Everyone always talks about 2pac and Biggie as the 2 undisputed champions, but I believe you have to throw in a 3rd name: JAY-Z. Listen to the WHOLE album - You'll Love it!


best rapper ever

Good But Not A 5 Star Album

A definite buy, just not a five mic album. He mostly talks of himself & way too many features to be a 5, so I give it a strong 4


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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