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.

Top Track

Song Cry
Most incredible baby Uhh - mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm Yeah, yeah. uhh I can't see 'em comin down my eyes So I gotta make the song cry I can't see 'em comin... See the rest of the song lyrics
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: 48 out of 54
  2. Negative: 3 out of 54
  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. Mar 20, 2013
    10
    Shawn Carter's 6th studio album, "The Blueprint", is the greatest hip hop album of the 21st century. And is a tough competitor for the best inShawn Carter's 6th studio album, "The Blueprint", is the greatest hip hop album of the 21st century. And is a tough competitor for the best in any genre. You get every bit of Jay Z. His confidence, joy, and vulnerability. This album includes great production by newcomers Kanye West & Just Blaze. Every song is either a hit or very strong. One of Hip Hop's essentials. Expand
  3. johndough
    Oct 2, 2005
    10
    every song, verse, word is perfect
  4. Jun 5, 2014
    10
    why does this album only have an 8.9 for user score. This is THE BEST album that is on Metacritic.

    The Rulers Back 10/10 - GREAT intro
    why does this album only have an 8.9 for user score. This is THE BEST album that is on Metacritic.

    The Rulers Back 10/10 - GREAT intro
    Takeover 10/10 - A trillion times better than Ether
    Izzo 10/10 - classic
    Girls, Girls, Girls 10/10 - classic. (very underrated)
    Jigga That Ni**a 10/10 - great lyrics, great song
    U Don't Know 10/10 - Possibly the best song on the album
    Hola' Hovito 9.5/10 - cool song, VERY underrated
    Heart of the City 10/10 - Gives U Don't Know a run for its money. classic
    Never Change 10/10 - great song, great production, great lyrics
    Song Cry 10/10 - really good song. Jay-Z shows his softer side
    All I Need 10/10 - (i love this song). Pays homage to 2Pacs Me and my Girlfriend (not to be confused with 03 Bonnie & Clyde)
    Renegade 10/10 - Great feature by Eminem (Jay-Z did not get beat by the way). classic
    Blueprint 9.5/10 - great outro. deep song.

    Bonus Tracks
    Lyrical Exercise 10/10 - Great Lyrics!
    Girls, Girls, Girls, Pt. 2 8.5/10 - not as good as the first but still good.

    overall 10/10
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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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