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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. Blueprint is his best since debuting with Reasonable Doubt in 1996.
  4. 80
    13 tracks of the kind of confident, effortless wordplay that made him a household name in the first place.
  5. While The Blueprint falls short of his debut's brilliance, it is easily the best Jay Z recording since that release.
  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: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  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 Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2014
    10
    Wow.. This is one of the BEST rap albums of all time. it's up there with Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic, All Eyez on Me. Every single song is a great song. It should have won best rap album in 01 Expand
  3. Feb 6, 2012
    10
    Top 10 Albums of all time. Jay really made this album a classic piece. One of these days im gonna pass this album down to my kids and there going to bump this when there 30. Good Job Jay Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2014
    10
    This album is LEGENDARY. Its so good. CLASSIC. This is Jay-Z at his second best (Reasonable Doubt). BEST RAP ALBUM OF THE 2000s. If you haven't heard it give it a try. 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 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", "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. May 12, 2011
    6
    overrated album i only liked a few songs on it................................................................................................ its not his best album. REASONABLE DOUBT IS........................................................................................... Expand

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