Blueprint 2:the Gift and the Curse - (Import CD)


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  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. East Coast Rap
Mono / Stereo
The Blueprintý: The Gift & the Curse [PA]

Personnel: Jay-Z, Notorius B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Scarface, Twista, Big Boi, Killer Mike, M.O.P., Beanie Sigel, Young Chris, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Guns, Peedi Crakk, Rell (rap vocals); Lenny Kravitz, Faith Evans, Raje Shwari, LaToiya Williams, Beyonce Knowles (vocals); Just Blaze (various instruments, vinyl scratches); Eric "E-Bass" Johnson (various instruments); Scott Storch (Fender Rhodes piano); Mike Elizondo, Camara Kambon (keyboards); Debra Killings (bass); Mark Dorsey, Michelle Rosario, Sleepy Brown, LaToiya Williams, Truth Hurts, Christy Love, Hovi Baby (background vocals).
Producers include: Kanye West, Blaze, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Timbaland.
THE BLUEPRINT 2 was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Excuse Me Miss" was nominated for Best Rap Song.
Personnel includes: Jay-Z, Faith Evans, Notorious B.I.G., Dr Dre, Rakim, Truth Hurts, Beyonce' Knowles, Sean Paul, Latoiya Williams, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Twista, Lenny Kravitz, M.O.P., Beanie Sigel, Scareface, Young Chris, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Guns, Peedi Crakk, Sparks & Rell.
Producers include: Kanye West, Just Blaze, Dr Dre, Timbaland, No I.D.
THE BLUEPRINT 2 was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Excuse Me Miss" was nominated for Best Rap Song.
Personnel: Debra Killings (vocals, bass guitar); Christy Love, Michelle Rosario, Christian Love, LaToiya Williams, Marc Dorsey, Raje Shwari, Sleepy Brown (vocals); Eric Johnson , Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards); Scott Storch (Fender Rhodes piano); Camara Kambon (keyboards); Just Blaze (scratches); Terri, Truth Hurts (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: John Frye; Jason Goldstein; Doug Wilson; Dr. Dre; Jimmy Douglas; Lenny Kravitz; Patrick Viala; Richard Travali.
Recording information: Baseline Studios, New York, NY; Encore Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Encore Studios, LA, CA; Manhattan Center, New York, NY; Master Sound Studio, CA; Record One Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Record One, LA, CA; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; The Boiler Room, New York, NY.
Photographers: Albert Watson ; Rebecca Meek; Jonathan Mannion.
It's hard not to somewhat admire the guts of a rapper who would lead off his album by not merely sampling a hearty slice of the hallowed Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" while Faith sings in the background, but by claiming Biggie's tacit approval on "A Dream." This is before he compares himself to Jesus at least three times. It's exactly this sort of unyielding confidence ever teetering on the verge of megalomaniacal arrogance that propelled Jay-Z to the pinnacle of the rap world.
As 2002 wound to a close, the prolific Sean Carter dropped the sequel to the critically lauded, platinum-selling THE BLUEPRINT; two CDs, no skits, no filler, nothing but urgent poetics over tight tracks. Jay-Z may never possess the elevated prose of his arch-rival Nas, but he knows the power in brevity, in a terse, well-turned phrase. While he's always been an eccentric sampler, on THE BLUEPRINT VOL. 2 he pares away any hint of gimmickry or excess. On "Guns And Roses," he effortlessly reconfigures a Cake instrumental as picture-perfect backdrop to a stark parable about life's duality as Lenny Kravitz wails along. Overall, THE BLUEPRINT VOL. 2 continues and builds upon the legacy of the Queens megastar MC.

Country of Origin
Def Jam (USA)
Universal Distribution
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Dream, A - (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Hovi Baby
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Watcher 2, The - (featuring Rakim/Truth Hurts)
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] '03 Bonnie & Clyde - (featuring Beyonc‚ Knowles)
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Excuse Me Miss
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] What They Gonna Do - (featuring Sean Paul)
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] All Around the World
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Poppin' Tags - (featuring Killer Mike/Twista)
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] F**k All Nite
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Bounce, The
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] I Did It My Way
  12. [ Disc 02 Track 01 ] Diamond Is Forever
  13. [ Disc 02 Track 02 ] Guns & Roses - (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
  14. [ Disc 02 Track 03 ] U Don't Know - (Remix, remix, featuring M.O.P.)
  15. [ Disc 02 Track 04 ] Meet the Parents
  16. [ Disc 02 Track 05 ] Some How Some Way - (featuring Beanie Sigel/Scarface)
  17. [ Disc 02 Track 06 ] Some People Hate
  18. [ Disc 02 Track 07 ] Blueprintý
  19. [ Disc 02 Track 08 ] N****a Please - (featuring Young Chris)
  20. [ Disc 02 Track 09 ] 2 Many Hoes
  21. [ Disc 02 Track 10 ] As One - (featuring Memphis Bleek/Freeway/Young Guns/Peedi Crakk/Sparks/Rell)
  22. [ Disc 02 Track 11 ] Ballad for the Fallen Soldier, A
  23. [ Disc 02 Track 12 ] Show You How - (bonus track)
  24. [ Disc 02 Track 13 ] B*****s & Sisters - (bonus track)
  25. [ Disc 02 Track 14 ] What They Gonna Do, Pt. 2 - (bonus track)
  1. Jay-Z
Studio / Live

Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.92) - "...Something of a hip-hop WHITE ALBUM: two discs worth of party anthems and serious songwriting..."
Spin (1/03, p.71) - Ranked #13 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...This may be hip-hop's first consistently great double album--funny, sonically dense, blessedly free of wacky skits..."
Q (01/03, p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He's aflame, energy sparking from every laser-sharp line, every supercharged beat, every lunging string sweep..."

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