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The Blueprint 2 The Gift & The Curse

18 Nov 2002 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 1:48:23
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  • ASIN: B0040ONIXS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,734 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N Twigger on 26 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a good album, there's no doubt about that.
However.....
I'm working backwards (just about). I already owned the blueprint (excellent) and recently aquired the black album (which is absolutely amazing i might add!!1). Because of this, i think i've probably heard the best 2 albums first (in my opinion) and to be honest after very recently aquiring the blueprint 2 and reasonable doubt, neither live up to the others.
But, they are good albums, and definately worth looking into.
Another reason i think i'm not DEAD impressed with some of the other stuff is for the input of mr p. williams. It's just TOO JT!!! (Which i definately do NOT like). But then, for every not so good track, there's an amazing track. So, decide for yourselves.
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This is essentially a strong album. Jay fuses pop stormers like 03- bonnie and clyde with more underground joints. You get good value with 2CD's of songs.Neptunes heavy in production on this album with Pharrell Williams giving his golden touch to many songs. This album marks the peak of Jay's fame with him constantly referencing Tupac 'All Eyez On Me' and sympathising how he understands what it is like to also feel he has reached a point where all eyes are on him. Good songs individually but on the whole Jay lacks charisma. 50 Cent- Get Rich Or Die Trying (possibly rap album of the year) is a much better buy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "samuel_weissman" on 8 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
Not only has Jay-Z graced us with yet another superb album, but he's even given us 2 whole CDs worth of quality new material. It may not be as classic as the original Blueprint, but songs like "All Around The World" and "As One" represent a new and refurnished appreciation for life, and give the album a fresh new feel. There are plenty of fun, bouncing songs with less deep meanings, like the Neptunes-produced "Excuse Me Miss," which features the singing talents of Pharell Williams. Despite production credits for the Neptunes, Timbaland and Dr. Dre, the awards for best production would have to go to Jay-Z's Rocafella students Just Blaze and Kanye West, who totally establish a reputation for the future of production in hip-hop. And unlike the first Blueprint, which featured one vocal guest; Eminem, the second installment has a small army of guest rappers and singers, most spookily the Notorious BIG on the opening track; he makes a bizarre comment about "blowing up like the World Trade," despite having died in 1997. Also among the guests are Dr. Dre, Rakim, Sean Paul, Lenny Kravitz and Scarface, not to mention a sample of Paul Anka on "I Did It My Way," and the great Heavy D on production for "Guns & Roses." A splendid collection, with surprisingly little filler material for a double album. It's no "All Eyez On Me," but it's definitely more than enough to keep the fans content until that last fateful installment from the undisputed lyrical genius Sean Carter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seamus Connor on 18 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
I Just bought this album today and have been listening to it pretty much non-stop. I have to admit I'm impressed. It doesn't really have the immediacy of the original blueprint, with nothing to match the ruthlesness of 'the takeover' or a really big manufactured hit that everyone can relate to such as 'IZZO'.
What it does have though is great beats, heavy rhymes and 2 discs full of quality songs. The first song, 'A dream' kicks the album of in great style, with one of Big's verses of his classic hit 'Juicy' used. Hovi baby follows in similarly impressive style. Love it or hate it, Bonnie and Clyde is on this album, and though a lot of people think Jay is disrespecting 2pac by covering his hit, I think the Jigga man does it justice.
Guns & Roses with Lenny Kravitz has potential to be a commercial smash, but for me the standout track on the album is Some How Some Way, an emotional joint about the struggle out of the ghetto.
The album is similar to the original blueprint in that it uses catchy soul samples as hooks to the songs, but the production is even better here, it blew me away.
Dre, The Neptunes and Timbaland are outclassed by Kayne West and Just Blaze, these guys are gonna be big!
Overall its a great album, is it better than the blueprint? Im not sure if Jays rhymes are up to the quality found there, I guess your just gonna have to decide for yourself! You wont be dissapointed if you buy it!
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By duncan on 3 May 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Out of Jay-Z Blueprints albums this one is my least favorite one. Don't get me wrong or anything its good but not good compare to the other two blueprints, I enjoy listening to it the single Excuse Me Miss is a sample of Big Poppa by The Notorious B.I.G. which is still good. If your Jay-Z fan I think you should still buy this album because its a two disc album so you can choose which one you want to listen to The Gift or The Curse, but I said its a good album.
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If would like a job with blast entertainment order from them because when you get only have a album they will kindly give you a 5 step program on how to send back unless you accept the 50% discount for the album u wanted in full but got half
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John A Smith on 20 Nov 2002
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Jay-z is back in style with the usual combination that has made him so enduring in the often flash in the pan rap scene. This album packs the usual tight production from the likes of Timbaland, Kanye West, Just Blaze and the seemingly omnipresent neptunes. Some top guest appearances including Scarface, Dre, Outkasts Big Boi, reggaes hottest new star Sean Paul and girlfriend? Beyonce Knowles, Along with the rest of the rest of the rocafellar family
The album kicks of in style with "A dream" a song featuring a verse by Notorious big lifted from the his song "juicy". Jay again uses a fallen stars' tune on the love or hate "03 Bonnie and Clyde" that uses Tupacs classic "me and my girlfriend", although this song will undoubtedly help shift albums fans of the song should check out the original.
Jay-z is at his best on the gift where he is being his own original self on tracks like "Hovi Baby" and the Kanye West produced "Poppin Tags".
The second disc the curse is where the albums real bangers can be found the mop remixed "u don't know" is hot, a potentially disastrous collabo with lenny Kravitz comes of real good, Jay-z takes more swipes at nemesis nas on the excellent "blueprint2" and answers critics who accuse him of misogyny on the sure to be controversial "bitches and sisters"
Although the usual and frequent references to diamonds, dating models and cash for which jay-z is often critized for are still there, the track "meet the parents" shows he can tell a story as well as anyone.
Overall his album is a must buy for most rap fans, it is one of, if not the best double rap albums I have heard (BIG's and tupacs efforts included), although this may be the last we will hear of Jay-z for a while there are enough hot tracks for this album to stay in the cd changer for a long time to come.
A classic album better by only a few in history.
5 Stars
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