The Blueprint is the sixth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on September 2001, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings, its release was set a week earlier than 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 by Kanye West, Just Blaze, Bink, as well as Timbaland and Eminem, who contributes the album's sole guest feature. At the time of the album's recording, Jay-Z was awaiting two criminal trials, one for gun possession and another for assault, had become one of hip hop's most dissed artists, receiving insults from rappers such as Nas and Jadakiss; the album is famous for both its producers Kanye West and Just Blaze's breakouts as major producers. Kanye West produced four of the thirteen tracks on the album, including the songs "Izzo" and the controversial "Takeover," which included diss lyrics aimed at rappers Nas and Prodigy, while Just Blaze produced three tracks, "Girls, Girls", "Song Cry", "U Don't Know" including the hidden bonus track "Breathe Easy".
The Blueprint received universal acclaim from music critics, with praise being directed at Jay-Z's lyricism and the production. It is considered one of his best albums and has been labeled as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. Despite its release coinciding with the September 11 attacks, it sold over 427,000 copies in its opening week and debuted at number one in the US, holding the spot for three weeks, it was certified 2x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. In 2019, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally or aesthetically significant", it is the first recording from the 21st century and most recent to be selected by the Registry overall. The Blueprint was cut in two weeks, with Jay-Z writing the lyrics in two days. At the time, he was awaiting two criminal trials for gun assault, he was engaged in feuds with various rappers such as Jadakiss, Fat Joe and in particular Nas and Mobb Deep member Prodigy. In the song "Takeover", Jay-Z attacks the two Queensbridge rappers, using a sample of the song "Five to One" by The Doors and an interpolation of David Bowie's "Fame".
On The Blueprint, Jay-Z and his producers used vintage soul as inspiration, including a vocal sample on every track from such artists as Al Green, Bobby "Blue" Bland, David Ruffin and The Jackson 5. Exceptions include "Jigga That Nigga," "Hola Hovito," and "Renegade," a track produced by and featuring the rapper Eminem, the only track on the album featuring another rapper on verses. In late August, Jay-Z announced a September–October tour in small venues; because of the September 11 attacks occurring on the same day the album was released, the first two performances were rescheduled. Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles were subsequently added, Jay-Z donated a dollar of the cost of every ticket sold from the tour to relief organizations; the photograph on the album's cover, taken by Jonathan Mannion, was inspired by one out of The Firm, a series by Jocelyn Bain Hogg depicting organized crime in Britain. Instead of the telephone and brass knuckles seen next to the ashtray in the original picture, a cigar, a pack of cigars and a microphone were placed.
The Blueprint received rave reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 88, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 12 reviews. Upon its release, The Blueprint was hailed by Vibe magazine as Jay-Z's best album as well as the best album of the year, while The Source awarded The Blueprint a perfect 5-mic rating, a distinction reserved for hip hop classics. Nathan Rabin called it Jay-Z's "strongest, most consistent album since his legendary debut, 1996's Reasonable Doubt."The popularity and commercial success of The Blueprint established Kanye West and Just Blaze as two of hip hop's most celebrated producers. Furthermore, The Blueprint signaled a major stylistic shift in hip hop production towards a more Soulcentric and sample-reliant sound, creating a number of imitators who attempted to emulate the album's atmospheric style. Prior to The Blueprint, mainstream hip-hop producers had eschewed music sampling in favor of the keyboard-driven Timbaland sound, due to the financial and legal issues associated with copyright laws.
The Blueprint, revived musical sampling as a common practice in hip hop music and dislodged the digital keyboard-driven production style as the dominant sound in hip-hop music. Kanye West would incorporate some of the production and sampling techniques he used on this album into his own solo albums. Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "One of the greatest poets to pick up a mic released his magnum opus in 2001. One retirement and one un-retirement it's still his finest hour."In 2003, The Blueprint was ranked number 464 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Pitchfork named The Blueprint the second best album of 2000–2004, in 2010, it ranked fifth on their Top 200 Albums of the 2000s list, it is ranked at number 4 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Best Albums of the 2000s". The album received a perfect "XXL" rating from XXL magazine in a 2007 retrospective article; the Blueprint
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