The Blueprint

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  • Summary: The now-legendary Brooklyn rapper follows 2000's 'The Dynasty Roc la Familia' with this 13-track disc.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    A fully realized masterpiece.
  2. Uncut
    100
    Almost every tune sounds like a hit. [Dec 2001, p.108]
  3. Trades the chilly, futuristic minimalism of S. Carter for a warmer, more organic sound rooted in the soul and funk of the '60s and '70s
  4. While The Blueprint falls short of his debut's brilliance, it is easily the best Jay Z recording since that release.
  5. 80
    13 tracks of the kind of confident, effortless wordplay that made him a household name in the first place.
  6. The Blueprint is not a perfect album. Some of the material is undoubtedly filler. But this recording makes it clear that hip-hop is supposed to be fun -- and that Jay-Z is having a ball.
  7. But for an MC claiming to represent ''for the seat where Rosa Parks sat,'' one expects a bit more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 53
  2. Negative: 3 out of 53
  1. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    easily one of the best rap album of the decade if not the best. personally i believe it matches the black album and reasonable doubt ineasily one of the best rap album of the decade if not the best. personally i believe it matches the black album and reasonable doubt in quality and may even outshadow them. ultimately jay z at his best Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2012
    10
    truly a great album with some of the best on it like q tip and legendary producer just blaze made an all time classic! my 2nd favourite jay ztruly a great album with some of the best on it like q tip and legendary producer just blaze made an all time classic! my 2nd favourite jay z album ever! Expand
  3. johndough
    Oct 2, 2005
    10
    every song, verse, word is perfect
  4. Jun 5, 2014
    10
    this is a really great album. its my favorite. I think everybody on planet Earth should hear this album. Jay Z is a beast on it.

    Lyrics
    this is a really great album. its my favorite. I think everybody on planet Earth should hear this album. Jay Z is a beast on it.

    Lyrics 9.5/10
    production 10/10
    flow 10/10
    overall 10/10

    The Roc!!!!!!
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  5. Jan 20, 2017
    9
    A masterpiece. Production on point, Jay Z exploring his skills to the fullest. Undoubtedly an all-time classic, hands down. Arguably the bestA masterpiece. Production on point, Jay Z exploring his skills to the fullest. Undoubtedly an all-time classic, hands down. Arguably the best album of 2001 Expand
  6. May 30, 2013
    8
    Finally, we’ve got a confirmation that Reasonable Doubt wasn’t just a one-album wonder. The knickerbocker rapper stepped in the booth againFinally, we’ve got a confirmation that Reasonable Doubt wasn’t just a one-album wonder. The knickerbocker rapper stepped in the booth again for a 6th studio album in 6 years and while the last 4 were really forgettable for most of the time, he really surprised with a release full with elaborately-phrased, greatly flowed, and very well-produced hip hop tracks that peak in two fantastic verses by the new, white rap-phenomenon Eminem on Renegade who’s actually the only featured artist on this album (his last album, The Dynasty; had 22 credited feature artists on only 16 songs!). Jay-Z himself is also very nice to listen to with songs that really appeal to the mainstream listener, but should also be good for entertaining his fans in the ghetto. It may not be as good as his debut, yet it’s an undeniably enjoyable listen that doesn’t get boring. Expand
  7. goatman
    Mar 19, 2005
    0
    ew

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