Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    Almost every tune sounds like a hit. [Dec 2001, p.108]
  2. 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
  3. The Blueprint is possibly the least sonically inventive hip-hop chart topper in years-- stunning and captivating for sure, but still loungily comfortable enough to sleep to.
  4. By its close, 'The Blueprint' has eloquently mapped out life's foundations: laughter, tears, joy and pain, and has marked the Jigga as the complete rapper.
  5. Blueprint is his best since debuting with Reasonable Doubt in 1996.
  6. 80
    13 tracks of the kind of confident, effortless wordplay that made him a household name in the first place.
  7. 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.
  8. While The Blueprint falls short of his debut's brilliance, it is easily the best Jay Z recording since that release.
  9. The Bed-Stuy boy musters up enough of his own charisma, charm and wit to build another solid release.
  10. It's not radically new - although the Timbaland and the Trackmasters contributions are genuinely exciting - but it's exactly what a lot of people want to hear from a hip-hop album right now.
  11. But for an MC claiming to represent ''for the seat where Rosa Parks sat,'' one expects a bit more.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 160 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 51
  2. Negative: 3 out of 51
  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 Full Review »
  2. BlakeG
    May 24, 2007
    10
    Best album of 01.
  3. chimsijheh
    Feb 20, 2004
    0
    wack dont was ur time