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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
    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. While The Blueprint falls short of his debut's brilliance, it is easily the best Jay Z recording since that release.
  4. 80
    13 tracks of the kind of confident, effortless wordplay that made him a household name in the first place.
  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. 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: 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 Collapse
  2. Apr 19, 2012
    10
    An album that flawlessly balances mainstream appeal and a high level of street (underground) credibility. Jay's flow and rhymes are at theirAn album that flawlessly balances mainstream appeal and a high level of street (underground) credibility. Jay's flow and rhymes are at their respective peaks, and his lyrical content is as diverse as it is real. Upon its release, The Blueprint redefined the modern hip-hop sound and lived up to its title by creating a template for all future emcees to follow. In 2001, Carter created a masterpiece and (finally) an album that was on par with Reasonable Doubt. Expand
  3. johndough
    Oct 2, 2005
    10
    every song, verse, word is perfect
  4. Jun 5, 2014
    10
    Better than theBetter than the MMLP................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Expand
  5. Aug 13, 2012
    9
    Arguably Jay's best piece of work. Both the lyrics and the beats are top-notch. This album redefined the boundaries of rap and brought forthArguably Jay's best piece of work. Both the lyrics and the beats are top-notch. This album redefined the boundaries of rap and brought forth the new era of rap where soul-sampling became very heavy. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2013
    8
    Overrated, but still great. Production-wise, this is an up & down album for me. A lot of corny, poppy production on tracks such as, "Izzo",Overrated, but still great. Production-wise, this is an up & down album for me. A lot of corny, poppy production on tracks such as, "Izzo", "Jigga That "You Don't Know", "Hola' Hovito" & "All I Need". Jay-Z delivers his best lyrics on the tracks with great beats though like, "The Ruler's Back", "Takeover", "Heart of The City", "Never Change" & "Renegade". This is why every Jay-Z album is hard to ignore. He always has his best lyrics on his best beats. 8/13 songs is not good enough to call it a classic. Expand
  7. goatman
    Mar 19, 2005
    0
    ew

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