The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse

The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse

by Jay-ZJay-Z

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Overview

It was only a matter of time before Jay-Z dropped a double disc. Fortunately for his fans, like a fine wine, the Brooklyn rapper seems to get better with time. Although it makes a few missteps, the sequel to 2001's critically hailed The Blueprint features some of the hottest joints of the Jigga Man's career. The album's first and overall weaker disc, subtitled The Gift, comes off a little like hip-hop karaoke, as Hova gratuitously cops material from 2Pac (" '03 Bonnie & Clyde," featuring Beyoncé Knowles), Dr. Dre ("The Watcher 2," featuring Rakim, Truth Hurts, and the Doc himself), Digital Underground ("All Around the World"), and the Notorious B.I.G. ("A Dream," featuring Big's widow, Faith Evans). But it isn't totally a derivative dud. "The Bounce" is yet another grade-A, Timbaland-Hova collaboration, and Jay perfects his Dirty South flow alongside Big Boi from OutKast and other members of the Dungeon Family clique on "Poppin' Tags." It's on Disc 2, The Curse, however, that Jay picks up steam. He indulges his rock jones on the Heavy D–produced "Guns & Roses," featuring Lenny Kravitz singing and playing on the guitar hook, and tries to score heaven points by admitting to random acts of charity for Columbine and 9/11 on "Some People Hate." The Curse ends with the live-sounding, Neptunes-produced "A Ballad for a Fallen Soldier," where Jay waxes poetic about the parallels between the lives of a soldier and a hustler. Although it would have been a better single disc, The Blueprint 2 solidifies the foundation of Jay-Z's now-sprawling hip-hop empire.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2002
Label: Roc-A-Fella
UPC: 0044006338125
catalogNumber: 063381
Rank: 25817

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist
Debra Killings   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Christian Love   Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Guitar,Keyboards
Terri   Background Vocals
Camara Kambon   Keyboards
Marc Dorsey   Vocals
Eric Johnson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
J. Smith   scratching
Sleepy Brown   Vocals
LaToiya Williams   Vocals
Truth Hurts   Background Vocals
Raje Shwari   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Christy Love   Vocals
Michelle Rosario   Vocals
Christy Love   Vocals
Scott Storch   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer
Bobby Russell   Composer
Dr. Dre   Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
James Mtume   Composer
Richard Travali   Engineer
Verdine White   Composer
Delroy Wilson   Composer
John McCrea   Composer
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Mike Ging   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
Darrell Branch   Producer
Eric Johnson   Instrumentation
J. Smith   Producer,Instrumentation
Superfly   Engineer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Heavy D   Producer
Denaun Porter   Composer
Shane "Bermy" Woodley   Engineer
David Maurice   Engineer
Big Chuck   Producer
D. Branch   Composer
D. Harper   Composer
C. Francois   Composer
C. Simmons   Composer
K. Johnson   Composer
M. White   Composer
Eddie Del Barrio   Composer
D. Grant   Composer
E. Hawkins   Composer
D. Meyers   Composer
J. Jefferson   Composer
B. Hawes   Composer
Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton   Engineer
Theron Feemster   Producer

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