Sunday, August 23, 2009

940. Jay-Z - The Blueprint (2001)

Track Listing

1. The Ruler's Back
2. Takeover
3. Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
4. Girls, Girls, Girls
5. Jigga That Nigga
6. U Don't Know
7. Hola' Hovito
8. Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
9. Never Change
10. Song Cry
11. All I Need
12. Renegade
13. Blueprint


There are some cool things about this album, some of the beats are really good, take the second track for example, this is good stuff. But then, the more you listen to it the more a lot of it actually becomes annoying.

The whole swagger, bitches, guns and champagne crap can be made well, it can be made tongue in cheek, it can be insightful... However in Jay-Z's case this is never the case. So the album is much more interesting superficially than when you start going deep into it.

Then there are elements even in the music that are just annoying. A chipmunk is never ok. Dissing Nas is also not ok, when you are a bit crap next to him, oh and your argument is the fact that you sell more! Or sentences like "I'm no ho, you gotta be lord Lotsacash to be with me", show some extremely skewed perspectives on the world. So yeah it sounds good but goes a bit shit the more you listen to it.

Track Highlights

1. Takeover
2. Jigga That Nigga
3. Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
4. Hola' Hovito

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

In The Blueprint, Jay-Z and his producers turn to vintage soul, fuelling almost every song with a stirring vocal sample: Al Green, Bobby "Blue" Bland, David Ruffin and the The Jackson 5. Exceptions include "Jigga That Nigga", "Hola' Hovito", and most notably "Renegade", a track produced by and featuring Eminem.

Song Cry:

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