11 September 2021
Who: Rrapper/producer Shawn Corey Carter
Active: Since 1988 / 13 studio albums so far
Album: THE BLUEPRINT – 6th LP
Released: 11 September 2001 – 20 years ago
Score: #1 in the US, (only) #30 in the UK
AllMusic/Jason Birchmeier: “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. Yes, Jay-Z had risen to the top of the rap game in the late ’90s and solidified his position with gigantic hits like “Big Pimpin” and “I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me).” Furthermore, The Blueprint’s leadoff single, “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” dominated urban radio numerous weeks before the album hit the streets, generating so much demand that Def Jam had to push up the album’s street date because it was being so heavily bootlegged… Uneven albums like Hard Knock Life were the crossover attempts, and now that Jay-Z is “runnin’ this rap sh*t,” a fully realized masterpiece like The Blueprint is the glorious result.” Full review here. Score: 5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Jay-Z loves Girls Girls Girls. I love Beyonce Beyonce Beyonce.
Singles/clips: Girls Girls Girls / Jigga What, Jigga Who / Song Cry
– GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS –
– JIGGA WHAT, JIGGA WHO –
– SONG CRY –
JAY-Z: All Albums