Monday, May 7, 2012

The Blueprint - Jay-Z

The Blueprint

#456 in the Rolling Stone top 500 albumes....
The Blueprint is the sixth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released September 11, 2001 on Roc-A-Fella Records in the United States. Its release was set a week earlier than initially planned in order to combat bootlegging. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2001 at Manhattan Center Studios and Baseline Studios in New York City. Contrasting the radio-friendly sound of Jay-Z's previous work, The Blueprint features soul-based sampling and production handled primarily by Kanye West and Just Blaze. At the time of its recording, Jay-Z was awaiting two criminal trials, one for gun possession and another for assault, and had become one of hip hop's most dissed artists, receiving insults from rappers such as Nas, Prodigy, and Jadakiss.
In spite of its release coinciding with the 9/11 attacks, The Blueprint sold over 426,000 copies in its opening week, becoming Jay-Z's fourth consecutive album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified double platinum as sales stand at over two million units in the U.S. The album received a perfect "XXL" rating from XXL magazine, while The Source awarded The Blueprint a classic 5 mic rating. The Blueprint received general acclaim from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 88/100 from Metacritic. In 2003, the album was ranked number 464 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2010, Pitchfork Media ranked it number 5 on their The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s list.

The Blueprint was reportedly cut in two weeks, with Jay-Z allegedly writing the lyrics in two days. At the time, he awaited two criminal trials for gun possession and assault, and was engaged in feuds with various rappers, in particular Nas and Mobb Deep member Prodigy; on "Takeover", Jay-Z attacks the two Queensbridge rappers over a sample of The Doors' "Five to One" with an interpolation of David Bowie's "Fame". On The Blueprint, Jay-Z and his producers turn to vintage soul, fueling almost every song with a stirring vocal sample: Al Green, Bobby "Blue" Bland, David Ruffin and The Jackson 5. Exceptions include "Jigga That Nigga", "Hola' Hovito", and most notably "Renegade", a track produced by and featuring Eminem.

Jay-Z - performer, executive producer
Eminem - performer, producer, mixing
Slick Rick - vocals
Q-Tip - vocals
Biz Markie - vocals
Demme Ulloa - vocals
Schevise Harrell - vocals
Lauren Leek - vocals
Keon Bryce - vocals
Stephanie Miller - vocals
Michele Mills - vocals
Josey Scott - vocals
Victor Flowers - organ
Kanye West - producer
Just Blaze - producer
Bink - producer
Timbaland - producer
Poke & Tone - producer
DJ Head - drum programming
Damon Dash - executive producer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke - executive producer
Gimel "Young Guru" Katon - engineer, mixing
Jimmy Douglas - engineer, mixing
Shane Woodley - assistant engineer
Jason Goldstein - mixing
Richard Huredia - mixing
Supa Engineer "Dura" - mixing
Doug Wilson - mixing
Tony Vanias - recording director
Tony Dawsey - mastering
Lenny S. - A&R
Rob Mitchell - A&R
Kyambo Joshua - A&R
Darcell Lawrence - A&R
Jason Noto - art direction
Jonathan Mannion - photography
Della Valle - images

# Title Producer(s) Samples and notes Length
1 "The Ruler's Back" Bink
"If" by Jackie Moore
Contains an interpolation of "The Ruler's Back" by Slick Rick
2 "Takeover" Kanye West
"Five to One" by The Doors
"Sound of da Police" by KRS-One
Contains an interpolation of "Fame" by David Bowie
3 "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" Kanye West
"I Want You Back" by Jackson 5
4 "Girls, Girls, Girls" Just Blaze
"There's Nothing in This World That Can Stop Me from Loving You" by Tom Brock
"High Power Rap" by Crash Crew
5 "Jigga That Nigga" Trackmasters 3:24
6 "U Don't Know" Just Blaze
"I'm Not to Blame" by Bobby Byrd
7 "Hola' Hovito" Timbaland 4:33
8 "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)" Kanye West
"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" by Bobby Blue Bland
9 "Never Change" Kanye West
"Common Man" by David Ruffin
10 "Song Cry" Just Blaze
"Sounds Like a Love Song" by Bobby Glenn
11 "All I Need" Bink
"I Can't Break Away" by Natalie Cole
12 "Renegade" (featuring Eminem) Eminem
Remake of "Renegades" by Bad Meets Evil
13 "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)" Bink
"Free at Last" by Al Green
Hidden bonus tracks
* "Breathe Easy (Lyrical Exercise)" Just Blaze
"Got to Find My Own Place" by Stanley Clarke
* "Girls, Girls, Girls" (Part 2) Kanye West
"Trying Girls Out" by The Persuaders


Baur said...

I've heard a bunch of his songs hes really good

AVY said...

Not really my style but ok.

/ Avy