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. 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.
  6. 80
    13 tracks of the kind of confident, effortless wordplay that made him a household name in the first place.
  7. While The Blueprint falls short of his debut's brilliance, it is easily the best Jay Z recording since that release.
  8. Blueprint is his best since debuting with Reasonable Doubt in 1996.
  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
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  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 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