The Blueprint

Label
Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam
Release date
27 Feb 2007
Running length
15 tracks
Running time
63:20

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Ruler's Back (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:49 311
2 Takeover (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:13 366
3 Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:00 978
4 Girls, Girls, Girls (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:34 300
5 Jigga That Nigga (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:24 232
6 U Don't Know (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:19 232
7 Hola' Hovito (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:33 204
8 Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love) (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:43 316
9 Never Change (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:57 268
10 Song Cry (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:03 556
11 All I Need (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:28 187
12 Renegade (Album Version (Explicit)) 5:36 328
13 Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:41 95
14 Lyrical Exercise (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:46 18
15 Girls, Girls, Girls (Part 2) (Album Version (Explicit)) 4:14 22

About this album

The Blueprint is the sixth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released September 11, 2001 on Roc-A-Fella Records in the United States. Its release was set a week earlier than initially 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 primarily by Kanye West and Just Blaze. At the time of its recording, Jay-Z was awaiting two criminal trials, one for gun possession and another for assault, and had become one of hip hop’s most dissed artists, receiving insults from rappers such as Nas, Prodigy, and Jadakiss. In spite of its release coinciding with the 9/11 attacks, The Blueprint sold over 420,000 copies in its opening week, becoming Jay-Z’s fourth consecutive album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified double platinum as sales stand at over two million units in the U.S.

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