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The Blueprint by Jay-Z

Jay-Z

The Blueprint

Release Date: Sep 11, 2001

Genre(s): Rap

Record label: Uptown/Universal

100

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The Blueprint

Absolutly essential, Based on 1 Critic

AllMusic - 100
Based on rating 10/10

When Jay-Z dropped "The City Is Mine" in 1997 and claimed New York's hip-hop throne upon the Notorious B.I.G.'s demise, many smirked and some even snickered. Four years later in 2001, when he released The Blueprint, no one was smirking and no one dared snicker. At this point in time, nobody in New York could match Jay-Z rhyme for rhyme and nobody in New York had fresher beats -- and many would argue that Jigga's reign was not just confined to New York but was, in fact, national.

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