15 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before he was "a businessman" or "a business, man," JAY Z was one of rap’s best rhymers. Soul samples courtesy of Just Blaze and Kanye West gave 2001’s The Blueprint the glossiest sounds money could buy. The exuberance of the single “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” is balanced by the poignancy of “Song Cry.” Even if JAY Z weren't sitting on the pop and rap throne, his cold diss track (“Takeover”) directed at Nas would still show he wasn’t a man you'd want to cross.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before he was "a businessman" or "a business, man," JAY Z was one of rap’s best rhymers. Soul samples courtesy of Just Blaze and Kanye West gave 2001’s The Blueprint the glossiest sounds money could buy. The exuberance of the single “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” is balanced by the poignancy of “Song Cry.” Even if JAY Z weren't sitting on the pop and rap throne, his cold diss track (“Takeover”) directed at Nas would still show he wasn’t a man you'd want to cross.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Jcutler98 ,

Michael Jackson flows through this album!

First of all, JAY-Z had said that he was inspired by Thriller to make an album of only great songs. Second, “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” samples “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5. And third, “Girls, Girls, Girls Pt. II” features Michael Jackson!

Futbolslick ,

Did this really drop on 9/11/01?

Wow

saturnchick ,

Stone Cold Classic

One of the most seminal albums in hip hop history. Peak Jay with peak Kanye West on production. The soul and classic rock samples lend so much depth to the tracks, and Takeover is one of the greatest diss tracks of all time. A must-have for any hip hop fan.

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