15 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Forget bringing knives to a fistfight. On his sixth album, The Blueprint, JAY Z resuscitates the dying art of hip-hop sampling, drops an anthem (“Song Cry”) for the same sensitive thugs he mocked on “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love),” and pens a dozen of the most quotable bars this millennium. Jigga never breaks a sweat, sounding effortlessly cocky on “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).” And he puts two unknown producers—Kanye West and Just Blaze—on the map. This is what a takeover looks like.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Forget bringing knives to a fistfight. On his sixth album, The Blueprint, JAY Z resuscitates the dying art of hip-hop sampling, drops an anthem (“Song Cry”) for the same sensitive thugs he mocked on “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love),” and pens a dozen of the most quotable bars this millennium. Jigga never breaks a sweat, sounding effortlessly cocky on “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).” And he puts two unknown producers—Kanye West and Just Blaze—on the map. This is what a takeover looks like.

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