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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: 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 Expand
  2. 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
  3. johndough
    Oct 2, 2005
    10
    every song, verse, word is perfect
  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. 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 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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