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The Blueprint

JAY Z

2001

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5

First thought is that this sounds nostalgic, even though i have never heard it before. I like the opening groove on ruler's back, so richly textured, though the trumpets and brass is cheap sounding. The Takeover is one of those great follow-up tracks with a Fame callback. so good. Dude every track is incredibly crafted. I think that the track Renegade is the weakest one on the album

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Honestly really enjoyed this album, haven't listened to a lot of Jay-Z before, but I thought it definitely was a classic, great album. Also, interesting that this is basically the last NYC rap album before 9/11, releasing right on the day.

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A couple of good tracks but I'm not a massive fan of his style. I get it you have lots of money now but didn't always.

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5

This is the sound of a newly-crowned king. Jay-Z is on top of the hip-hop mountain, and he’s executing anyone who challenges for the throne with precision. He’s telling the stories that made him king and cementing his legacy for generations to come.

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4

Jay-Z was always big but this is before everyone's grandparents knew who he was. H to the Izzo is a classic. Takeover is ruthless. Girls, Girls, Girls is funny as shit. I like the reminder that before Jay-Z hung out with Obama he stabbed a guy in a club a month after this album came out. Definitely gets a little repetitive (drugs, girls, etc) but I like that each song has a structure and arc and sticks to a subject unlike most rap today. The middle of the album is little weaker and I was excited for Renegade but it was kind of whatever. Still, I think its great. 4.

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I'm addicted to buying unbelievably expensive custom helicopters (yeeeeeeaaahhhh) In a brief moment of lucidity I went to the helicopter dealership and told them "Do not, under any circumstances, sell me more helicopters" I was back there half an hour later, wearing a fake moustache, and I said "Hello gentlemen, I am Ray Z, a man you have never met before. Give me 10,000 helicopters covered in diamonds"

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Ok. Nothing different from most rap talking about being with lots of women and drugs.

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Suuuucks

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Pop rap. Good music, guy is a great producer and can assemble a good beat/sound. The ego though, dude - just shhhh... If I could give a 1/2 star I'd error a bit higher - as is, enjoy your 2 stars, schmuck.

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Not for me.

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Classic and appreciate his talent but not my cup of tea

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The lyrics are just not relatable for me.

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I’m not sure how Jay Z got to be a billionaire. The production is pretty great tho.

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Good beats, bad lyrics

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there's a reason i haven't listened to this before

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i hate this

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Love the music, but Jay Z's voice is a snoozefest

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The album was pretty average, in my opinion. A few songs were good, but most weren't. I struggled to finish the album. I don't think I'd ever revisit it properly again, not even the songs I liked really.

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Didn't seem genuine. I would describe it as the panhandler who drives home in his Mercedes. Music was very good, it just fell about whenever Jay Z opened his mouth.

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I grew up on the suburban streets of Beavercreek I DONT RELATE

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Idk, I don't see the appeal.

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I never saw the appeal to Jay-Z. I find this record, and the rest of his catalog, trite and mediocre.

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Pretty terrible.

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70s-soul and pop infused, via garage rock / grind house filters. Bonus points for Osmond's sample in "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)." Interesting music / samples. But, it's RAP. Not enough melody. Too much swagger, cussin', and misogyny. If only there were more (any?) melody, and lyrics and not spittin'.

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20 years have passed, since this was released, and I must say, it still does little me. I spend my time trying to zone out his voice. And the drumbeat. Somehow I got to the end Not for me. Never again

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5

C’mon. Classic.

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5

Classic, probably Jays best work

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5

“God MC, me, J HOVA” with beats from Ye, Just Blaze, and that one Eminem. Issa classic

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5

Pivotal

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5

Undeniable HOVA

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5

More familiar with The Blueprint 2 prior to this, but still so good. (And H to the Izzo is the worst song on this album tbh.)

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5

Old school bangers

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5

CLASSEEK!

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5

Best so far

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5

How can I give this album anything less than 5 stars?? The Blueprint just shows the magic that is Jay Z.

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5

None needed

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5

Vraiment un bon album de jay-z. Renegade a elle seule fait monter la note mais l’album est tellement buen construit et c’est un classique du rap. 4.95

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5

Great album.

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5

A classic of the genre.

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5

Hova!

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5

Classic, filled with bangers.

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5

Schwächste: Jigga That N. Beste: Takeover Spasigste: Izzo

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5

Just incredibly good, obviously a foundationally important album. Renegade is astonishing. I could have listened to another hour of this, and I need to hear it again to pick up more from it.

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5

One of my all-time favorite albums. Period.

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5

There aren’t any fancy beats on this album and it works well. The beats set the mood but otherwise stay out of the way of Jay-Z’s lyrical flow. Jay-Z’s style feels almost conversational. I appreciate that he doesn’t necessarily rhyme each verse. I admire the reverence he pays to those that took care of him growing up on Blueprint (Momma Loves Me). The distorted beats on Takeover are well placed to get my head bobbing. While I like Eminem’s appearance on Renegade is good on its own, it doesn’t really fit sonically with the rest of the album. I also recognize the Izzo (H.O.V.A.) line “Can’t leave rap alone, the game needs me” from its inclusion on Eminem’s Business from his album The Eminem Show. This is an album I will be listening to more in the near future.

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5

Jay's second best album, but still a 5. Only critique is Girls, Girls, Girls hasn't aged well but otherwise the album is really strong from beginning to end.

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5

Never been much of a Jay Z fan, but I think this album had changed that. It is top tier hip hop in every category. Just a monolith of excellence.

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5

Jay-Z is a lyrical genius (U Don't Know has some great lines), and his knowledge of pop culture is ridiculously extensive (check out The Ruler's Back). It makes it a lot of fun listening to his lyrics and what reference he'll slip in for a rhyme. His beats and mixes are cool too, easy to get into and move your head (or more) to. It's also surprisingly soulful (Never Change and Song Cry have their tender moments). I was surprised this was his 6th album - then saw he put out 6 albums in 6 years. Damn. One of the greatest rappers of all time and a damn good album (especially considering no massive hits on it).

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Not quite my subgenre, but I think this is a nearly-pristine hour of pop rap. The Kanye tracks have a special sparkle, but there is a ton of variety and very few low points. Eminem shows up and fits in well, though Renegade's subject matter rings hollow next to the lyrics and production of Takeover.

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5

There's no denying the absolute badassness of this one. Izzo alone rockets it up the list.

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5

Classic. I wore this out back in the day. Fun to listen to again.

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5

cold asf

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5

Classic Hov. Love Eminem’s verse on Renegade and never change

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5

Great stuff, I don't know his discography that well but he sounds at the top of his game here. I like that this was, in part, a response to being dissed by a bunch of other rappers. I think we know who got the last laugh.

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Genre: East Coast Hip Hop 5/5 When it comes to rap album classics, The Blueprint is one of the true icons of the genre. From the beautiful and timeless chipmunk soul production, to Jay-Z’s quick wit and lyrical talent, this album is a sure fire hit for any hip hop fan. While I’m not sure it’s my favorite Jay-Z project, The Blueprint is still a force to be reckoned with. It became, for rap music at that time, exactly what it’s title suggests it is: the blueprint.

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God MC, me, Jay-Hova

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It is a pure joy listening to someone this on top of their game

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4

fantastic with a few duds

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4

Não manjo do contexto do álbum... mas as letras das músicas fazem um álbum que começa com rixas entre músicos e ostentação pra mensagem social forte. Muito bem produzido, gostei de "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Heart Of the City" e "Song Cry" - "Renegade" é rap com lirismo sensacional, letra foda e potente. Dela até o fim é impecável. As letras das últimas músicas só reforçam o valor dele, se eu não tivesse acompanhado com elas, teria dado nota muito menor.

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4

I prefer The Black album, but still an outstanding piece of work

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4

Fedt album med gode flows og tekster.

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Varför har jag inte lyssnat förrens nu ?

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4

A great rap album, with many noteable hits including izzo, Girls, Girls, Girls. Would listen to again.

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4

Great album, again was unfamiliar with Jay-Z's albums but will definitely get this one

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4

The man emanates class. Lyrics are awesome, production quality supreme and guest names/ collabs add weight to this album.

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4

Good shit

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4

Very good rap album, lots of references in this album either to or from other rap works I've heard before

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4

Surprisingly enjoyable, didn't think I'd like but big into Izzo and Girls (x3). Nice use of samples.

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4

he's a legend and this album is legendary.

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Can hear Kanye all over the production but my favourite was Timberland on Hola Hovita. Girls is a classic and Eminem's verse on renegade is unsettlingly good.

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4

oldy but goldy

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4

Pleasantly surprised quite enjoyed. Nice beats and tunes

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Deece

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all I hear is 70s samples. catchee. good - better - good.

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Iconic album by one of the great hip hop artists of all time. Jay-z is a talented lyricist with top notch beats and gorgeous productions. Eminem kills his verse on Renegade, classic.

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this album came out when i was in high school, and never listened to it, since, sadly, i was just not interested in rap/hip hop. listening to this album now, i am sad that it took so long to listen to this one, it was some great beats, and lyrics, making for one insane album.

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Beats

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En interessant crossover fra eastcoast-bling rap a-la P-diddy til Kanyes "Chipmunk soul". Det er ingen diskusjon om Jayzs enorme talent innen lyrikk. tekstene hans er imponerende. Ekstremt mye bra låter, mange av dem produsert og mixed av en up-and-coming Kanye West. Noen av albumets høydepunkter er Disstrack-klassikeren "The Takeover" produsert av Kanye med samples fra "fame" av David bowie, der de kreativt nok endrer utropet "Fame" til "lame" og "Shame". andre av kanyes sanger som "never change" og "heart of the city" er enormt bra. "song cry" "IZZO" er de beste låtene som ikke er produsert kanye på albumet.

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A great album for #100! Of course, Jay-Z is an all-time great in hip hop, but I've never really gotten into his albums. I tend to prefer him as a feature, as I just don't think his style is dynamic enough to hold my interest for an album's length. The same principle applies here, but this one is elevated by fantastic production, especially from the young Chicago phenom named Kanye West--that guy's going places. Back-to-back, Kanye samples The Doors and the Jackson 5. Who else has that kind of gall? Jay-Z is an undeniably great rapper, but I just don't find his rapping engaging (much like his protege J. Cole). Still, he does a great job over these amazing beats, and the album is a classic for a reason. Also, I just learned that this album was released on 9/11. New lore just dropped. Favorite tracks: Izzo, Never Change, Heart of the City, Renegade. Album art: Not sure if this is Jay's most iconic, but it's gotta be up there. This blue filter is immediately recognizable. Jay definitely making the case that he's big pimpin'. 4.5/5

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I hadn't listened to this album before but knew Izzo from Linkin Park. Still a classic on here and I enjoyed most of the songs but there is always something that holds me back from loving Jay-Z. He loves to brag and I think that's great if you have the skills to back it up. He is no Kendrick. But I find out most of his raps aren't written down so even though I listened to the album twice, now I need to go back again. I really enjoy the album overall but don't have too many favorite songs. CLASSIC album cover.

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4

Amazing how many of these songs I remember lyrics to. I just spit this shit one take - these are my thoughts.

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I’d never listened to a jay-z album all the way through before. Clever and masterful lyrics. I feel like I need to know more to put it in context with the genre.

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4

Juicy production! Some classics in here, but not my favourite J album.

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Love a bit of Jay-Z

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it has a reakky good vibe

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4

This is the first album where I recognize numbers from my own childhood. It is good to listen every album twice. Then every song is better.

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Not gonna lie. Every time jay says “jewels” I think he’s saying jews. It’s the blueprint. Not much more to say. It’s a great album. I think it falls short of 5 stars for me because you have albums like mm food. And some of the lines sound dated but it’s easily 4 stars.

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Bababooey

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Classic Jay Z

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Nice album, arrogant dude 😁 7/10

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Girls girls girls

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Just amazing. I get kind of tired of rap bravado and self aggrandizing tho.

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4

Steht für sich

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4

I enjoyed some of the songs, but not really my thing.

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Clearly really influential for a lot of artists, like Kanye.

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It was good many classic songs

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Good. Never listened to the album before. H to the issa

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4

Bangers! Bästa låtar: Izzo Girls, Girls, Girls Song Cry All I Need

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- intro super cool - pleasantly surprised since I don't listen to Jay Z - overall, I enjoyed listening while working

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4

This was a very nice album. I like the older hip-hop songs, but this kind of more "modern" hip-hop is so recognizable for me that it's almost impossible do not listen to some songs with a "home" feeling. The first songs are the best and the last ones are a kind of repetitive, but in a whole analysis, this is a great album.

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Really enjoyed the fun beats and the swagger

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Fan riktigt bra asså

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So. Good.

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The album was released on September 11th and it sounds like the last album of the late 90's/early 00's optimism. The samples and the beats are huge and lush with Kanye's tracks being standouts for his use of samples. Its an album that both the final chapter of 90's rap but also starting the transition as to how rap was going to go for the next decade. Essential listening for those wanting to get a better understanding of hip-hop.

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4

Cool album. Some tracks lack in production/mixing, in my opinion.

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4

First time that I have listened to this album, and I quite liked the sound of it.

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Love that drumroll intro and the beat kicks in and then... "uh huh, uh huh, wooo!" The uhs and woos are my least favorite Jay-Z thing. But "The Ruler's Back" was quickly redeemed with smart lyrics, good flow, and the horns! This week, the high school girls soccer team I coach sent a playlist to me that they wanted played on the PA before their game. It took them three attempts to send me a list that wasn't completely inappropriate. The themes of too many of the songs were either drugs, being misogynistic, or both. The lyrics were uninspired, uncreative, and overfilled with curse words and the n-word seemingly just because they could. And that's before we even start talking about the generic beats. Sure, they were inappropriate for a soccer game crowd that included their younger siblings. But they were also just trashy songs. Jay-Z's might be the last great crossover megastar of good mainstream rap music. He carried the legacy of 90s rap into the 21st century, and those attempting to reach those heights in the last decade (Kanye, Kendrick, Chance, all making great music) are more polarizing in both style and personality. There is still good rap and hip hop today, but it doesn't get the attention that far inferior tracks and styles get. (I'm lookin' at you, trap music. This is mostly your fault.) As for "The Blueprint" - just as I was getting tired of it, finding it a bit repetitive, in comes the funk, then some soul, then the "ain't no love in the heart of the city" sample. The Eminem verse in "Renegade" was the biggest departure for the album - I like Eminem (though certainly not as much as I used to) but it was kind of a jarring shift from the style of the rest of the album. It's not in my top 10 or probably even 20 rap albums (Jay's just not my favorite - see the opening comment about the "uhs," though I didn't notice them as much as I thought I would at first), but it is very listenable and consistently high-quality. I started with what I like least about Jay-Z, so I'll end with what I like best. Well, it's really more Jay-Z adjacent. Danger Mouse made a mash-up album of Jay-Z's "Black Album" and the Beatles' "White Album," called "The Grey Album." It's fascinating. If you've never heard it - https://soundcloud.com/blainepwilson/sets/danger-mouse-the-grey-album

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I just don't like Jay-Z's flow very much, but I do think this is a critical piece of rap history. And Em's infamous verses on Renegade also standout for me, as well as production by Kanye, Timbaland, and Just Blaze.

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Great production. It’s obvious that Kanye West has had a large hand in the production of this album. Jay-Z is really at his best here. The flow is good, the lyrics are punchy and memorable, and he’s still trying to establish his place at the top. Essentially, he still has to work for it. The only drawback of this album might be its length. The standout track for me was the Kanye West produced ‘Takeover’

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// Favs: Girls, Girls, Girls / U Don't Know / Heart Of The City / Song Cry / All I Need / Renegade Score: Strong 4

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An album that doesn't sound 20 years old. Jay Z's lyrics are on point as always and the sample heavy backdrop is as smooth as silk. Nice wee cameo from Eminem too👌

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I could sum this album up as "Smoove 70s grooves with cool rapping." That theme goes across most of the album, right from the first track. Izzo is real catchy but I don't think I've ever needed Genius lyrics more. All the diss stuff in The Ruler's Back and Takeover was a little lame to me (but I liked the Bowie "Fame" callout in Takeover). Girls Girls Girls was amusing, and gotta like a song that name-drops Deuce Bigalow. It was at this point that the phrase "smoooove grooves" kept popping into my head and stayed there for pretty much the rest of the album. Basically from U Don't Know On I enjoyed every track. Calling it a 4 rather than a 5 because I think the bragging and dissing brings it down.

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I have to admit that I've never given Jay-Z a proper listen until now. This is a great album. Amazing grooves throughout and the lyrics are awesome. I'm going to have to check out the sequels to this when I have more time to listen.

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Hard to believe that this album is 20 years old. I have "The Blueprint 3" because of "Empire State Of Mind," and a fe other tracks. It's funny because I mentioned Jay-Z and my kid was like "I don't know who he is." Kind of surprising, but he's a rock guy. Anyway, the flow here is a BEAST. And then putting Eminem in the one song, godDAMN. This is a great album, 20 years on. There's a reason he made 2 sequels to it. Hard for me to blast this in the house, though. The language does make it difficult.

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4

Very much enjoyed this album. JayZ is a bit of a blind spot for me I know I quite like a lot of his stuff but have rarely listened to it.

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4

solid. bit dated, but a 4 all day.

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4

Really enjoyed it. Hadn't listened end-to-end. The sounds still hold up, the lyrics are edgy classic Jay-Z. Maybe a bit overproduced in sections but overall a fun listen.

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4

I like it, feel like a lot of newer stuff references it. Lots of samples too

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love the classic sound, good production and some classic songs on this one

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Seminal hip hop. HOV delivers word play and diss tracks in his signature drop rhythm speech .

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Really interesting.

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Fab

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I’m no hip hop aficionado but it’s a good album.

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4

Not bad, a little dated at this point

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Went in with low expectations but this is a corker. Uplifting, confident, great sound.

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4

Same feelings as The Marshall Mathers LP but better

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4

Probably Jay’s best album from his era of dominance. Lyrically and with beats this album has many songs that are solid and stand the test of time. He also has songs that go right after other rappers. This album covers all the basics and excels in them too. 8.4/10

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Awesome album. Great lyrics that touch on a bunch of topics throughout Jay’s life make every song stay interesting. Some standouts for sure, and some songs that don’t hit quite as hard , but it’s all quite good. 8/10

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Dutty riddims - Eminem popping up was tasty

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Honestly this isn't half bad... it's catchy, sounds well produced, is a bit long (pretty much every rap album after like 2000 is tho) and credit where it's due, he does have a good flow. 3/5.

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H to the

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Não gosto do Jay-Z. Doideira. Com certeza atrapalhou a audição. Hora de revisar os pré-conceitos para uma próxima oportunidade.

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Very much not my normal genre of music, but I did enjoy some songs

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Well produced, musically interesting, a lot of traditional R&B mixed in, sample of The Doors. As expected, don't relate to rap lyrics.

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Halfway through this album I got to thinking maybe I don't like hip hop at all, maybe I just like the fancy production these guys do. I mean, I really love that fancy production. But then Eminem appeared and changed my mind back again. Musically I love this album, but it says something that my favourite track is the one with someone else primarily on it.

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Probably 3.5 stars

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I need big, heavy, interesting beats to really enjoy hip hop. The beats on this album don't do much for me besides Izzo. Jay Z is obviously an incredible lyricist though.

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The only thing larger than the production values is that mans ego. Braggadocio is not my favorite means of expression.

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Great flows and beats. I do think the vocal sampling became somewhat gimmicky but not to the point where it sunk the tracks. Great listen

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3

Didn't listen to all of it but was a decent few tunes in there with solid beats and nice samples.

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I don't know which songs are specifically Kanye, but there are some classic Ye beats here. The Nas dis track "Takeover" is probably the best song on the record. That or "Izzo." Crazy that this was released on 9/11. Maybe that's why I never spent a lot of time with it. I've always liked Jay's singles over the albums. I loved how he could drop a track on Hot 97 at any time. I'd jump through this again, but I'm not thrilled to go through the whole thing. 20 years later is this an all-timer? I don't think so, but my opinion appears to diverge with many.

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I think the Black Album is better but I didn't give this one a full listen because I wasn't really into listen to hip-hop yesterday.

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Good, but not my thing

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His other stuff is shite, but this is good!

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I can really see why people like this album. Every song is a head bobber Jay-Z has a great flow and some pretty entertaining bars (Pack heat like the oven door). But for me it just doesn't captivate. Jay-Z says up top that these are his thoughts but he must only think about money, hustling, women and hip-hop because there isn't much else he raps about on the album. I hate to say it but the Eminem feature was actually a welcome change of pace from Jay-Z's rapping. Not that what he does isn't impressive but for me this album is more about the beats. Kanye and Blaze's production really steals the show for me and I actually think I would enjoy an instrumental of this album more. I could easily recommend this to any hip-hop fan but for me it won't stay in my rotation. Favorite songs: Girls, Girls, Girls, Heart of the City, Song Cry, Renegade,

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3

Black album better

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Didn’t have a chance to listen. Didn’t hate what I heard, but a little too much language for my taste generally.

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3

Although RAP is not my cup of tea, the album at at least three tracks that got my vibes going.

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ok

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Respect HOV. I guess it was okay not my favorite album kinda outdated hip hop if I’m being honest

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:catjam:

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fresher tune - 3

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Semibängeri Slässic räp

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Hip hop. Un poco pesado pero sin estar del todo mal.

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. A bit repetitive with some lyrics on some songs, enough for it to get a bit annoying. A few more f-bombs than I prefer to. Overall though, I enjoyed it.

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Takeover and All I Need probably my favourites. Your reign on top was shorter than leprechauns. Enjoyed the Tom Jones-esque scream in U Don’t Know

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Couldn’t listen to the full album because ours more on YouTube music

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Not my kins style of music, but enjoyed

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I didn't get a chance to listen again, but I really enjoy Girls, Izzo, and Heart of the City. This is back when Kanye was a producer, and not as crazy. I like that Kanye.

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zo (H.O.V.A.)" Released: August 21, 2001 "Girls, Girls, Girls" Released: October 2, 2001 "Jigga That Nigga" Released: January 29, 2002 "Song Cry" Released: April 16, 2002

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More interested in the backing tracks and beats than his lyrics. Not really for me.

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production is fantastic, and i'm sure it's an important entry in his oeuvre and music of that era. not really my jam, though. highlights for me were kanye's production on takeover and heart of the city.

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3/5 nice one, could be better

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The first half was really uninspired I think with som really mediocre beats, but then it began to pick up and was actually ok. Song cry and heart of the city were great

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Very nice, but not my favorite Jay Z album by a long shot. I know it's beloved, but, I don't know, I just don't love these tracks. The flows are peak on here, though.

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Had a few good tracks. Didn’t care for the mixing. Wouldn’t listen to again besides maybe 1 or 2 tracks

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Seems like a classic, I just don't really like hiphop

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I expected to like this a lot more than I did.

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This album sounds incredible but the lyrical content really holds it back. Bragging and misogyny have never really been my thing.

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Not my fav, not bad?

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The first Jay-Z album I've listened to. He's clearly talented and has some clever lyrics, but I think it's telling that my favorite track on the album is the one where Eminem takes the lead.

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dudes got the sauce

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Disc de hip hop molt musical, amb apropaments al soul, pop i tot de tonades i samples que el fan d'escolta molt lleugera. Amb el flow característic de Jay-Z i alguns dels millors temes de la seva discografia

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Hip-hop is not my favorite genre, but this was pretty good. But what does that say when my favorite song on the album is the one featuring Eminem? Anyway, better than most. 3.2/5

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classic j but nothing really stands out 3.5

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Not bad, but Rap is definitely not my style, I can enjoy it but it's not my thing.

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Si inizia molto male, i primi pezzi non mi arrivano in alcun modo e anche musicalmente non capisco bene l'idea di Jay Z e mi ha fatto pensare "me lo ricordavo meglio", poi dopo aver superato un dei peggiori pezzi (girls girls) il disco è andato a migliorare e ho trovato pezzi un pò più solidi e che mi arrivavano di più con alcuni bei campiono soul. Comunque è un 3 molto scarso.

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I liked that more than I thought I would.

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Smooth flows, enjoyable lyrics, and nostalgic sounds. I’ve not listened to a lot of JayZ before but the music was still enjoyable.

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So it all gets a little repetitive for me. I love Jay Zs vocal style and there are some brilliant moments but bar a couple of tracks not much elevates this to justify more than a really good 3

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I had always considered this to be one of my favourite rap albums but had not listened to this in a long time. It still sounds great today but listening now from start to finish it also feels to long and too many tracks I’d skip past. Some cracking individual tracks on here though

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I've of course heard *of* Jay-Z but have never heard a song by him, so this is perfect - let's go.... My initial impressions over the first two songs were - ehhh I like the music, I don't love the rapper/rap-style. Just didn't click - there's an aggressive monotony that I don't "get" but the third track "Izzo" is great. Jay-Z does a great job rhyming and it's really the rhythm of his rap here which is catchy as hell. More of this please. I don't know...this is a tough one to rank after only listening once - I feel like there's such a density here that I missed a ton, BUT - most of the time the music is the real attraction here. Great sampling and the production is top-notch. Overall though there's a lot of hit and miss for me - the aforementioned "Izzo" "Hola Hovito" and "Heart of the City" (last one really/mostly for the sampled original song) and "Blueprint" are my standouts but as an album it didn't have enough to make me mark it as a keeper. i.e. wouldn't reject it if it were on but probably wouldn't voluntarily listen again. 5/10 3 stars

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19th October 2021 Listened on my phone in the office on a nightmare of a day where the sofa bed got delivered and the Internet went down. Interesting that it was released on 9/11, felt like a prelude to the black album but still liked it. No real stand out but a good collective.

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There was a lot to unpack with this album

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5/10

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First time listening. Enjoyed, might be Jay Z at his best. Liked the Eminem feature. Probably not one I’ll listen to again.

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This album isn't really my style, but I think I can tell it's well-done. The tracks I liked most were The Ruler's Back and Izzo (H.O.V.A.). I also thought it was sweet how in the title track he gave shoutouts to important people in his life.

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Nice rap album top to bottom

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I'm a big hiphop fan but I was only 2 years old when this album came out so I haven't actually listened to it fully. I know that this is truly a classic album, and I really enjoyed it. I'm a bit torn between a three and four star rating but I will give it a strong 3.

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This exercise has given me a new appreciation for hip hop, however this album though not bad seems a little clichéd to me. Two or three really good songs, especially the one with Eminem. I'm rating it at 3.5 🌟 for overall enjoyment.

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Aside from some of his mega hits, I don't really love Jay Z all that much. Maybe it's because I have hard time separating the art from the artist, and Jay Z is kinda gross. Izzo is still great, and is the best track on the album, but it's not his best.

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very enjoyable!

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Never got into Jay-Z, always felt he was very typical in terms of rap, which I guess you can say he is a classic. Honestly a bit bored of the album and it's fine... just not my thing,

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A very even keeled album. Solid and dependable to the point where it verges on being boring for me. Just kind of starts blurring together after the first few tracks. I like Jay Z's voice but the mixing on the album sometimes sounds a bit wonky to my ear. Some details stick out more than they should and maybe I just want more reverb or something to smooth it out and give it more atmosphere. As is it's a bit too clean to the point of coming across kinda flat.

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Excellent production and some classic tracks. A powerhouse of the 2000s for a reason

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Never change is fire. I appreciate The more reflective moments more than the flex tracks, which get redundant. Good flow from Jayz and instrumentals overall, but shows it’s age a bit with an over abundance of choruses and songs that could’ve used some trimming

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Solid album, but seemed somewhat generic to this here metal head

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I can't believe that I've never listened to a JAY Z album before! It was very cool. I loved the grooves and the samples made me want to explore the originals. A great example of using music to honor a legacy. My big critique is how he talks about women (using the b work) and money. But.......there's probably some depth to that history as well.

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Not my thing. More melodic than I thought, but I can't appreciate the lyrics.

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No doubting his talent but this isn't much fun.

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OK. Had higher expectations.

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Bit boring but some good songs.

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Letra e produção muito melhores do que eu imaginava

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0003 Not bad, nothing jumped out at me

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I don't get the hype on this one

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2.5

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The Blueprint, czyli ten dziwny okres w karierze Pana Cartera, bo po wypuszczanej z roku na rok trylogii volumikowej nie ucichlo i nastala epoka wolowiny na lewo i prawo bylo rzucane mieso, wiec pan Jay zabral co sie dalo zatrudnil do produkcji timberlanda eminema, nawet pan west znalazl sie na liscie producetow albumiku i tak powstal the blueprint, ktory wyznaczyl jak ma wygladac komercyjny albumik rapowy lat 2k, motywy wyzyskiwanych murzynow, tego kto jest krulem rapowej gry, bogactwa ktore jest jest a kiedys nie bylo, niga to niga tamto, no i tytulowy kawalek blueprint o matce, bo matka to swietosc murzynska, najbardziej klasycznymi kawalkai z albumiku ktore na plejke wrzuce to Izzo oraz renegade z eminemem, ale nie jest to albumik ktory bym sobie wlaczyl i przesluchal od poczatku do konca, bo koncept from rags to riches to najgorsze co spotkalo rap lat 2k0, a Jay byl lub jest jego mistrzem, jako najbogatszy murzyn w szol biznesie

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I've listened to the album before. There are a few tracks I really enjoy, but I'm not overly enjoying Jay-Z as a rapper here. I've heard that this album is perhaps a little more commercial than his other releases. And also that his rapping on other albums such as the Black Album are more impressive. Overall I enjoyed the album, but it set me on a quest for something a little more interesting.

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Brings up some memories, makes me want to dive into all of the music he borrowed. Didn't know he used "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City"

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Music is pretty good. Then a mix of really good, bad and flatout painful to listen to lyrics. What's with this 'I'm the King/ Jesus" thing rappers seem to have?? And why are rap albums always too long? Couldn't listen to it all.

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Not feeling this one. Some of the lyrics are pretty funny though

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It was A LOT better than I expected, that's why it's getting two stars from me. That said, my expectations were exceptionally low.

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Buen disco de rap buenos flows buenas bases aura muy rapper muy disfrutable para ser rapero

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all I need podoba mi się instrumentalnie ogólnie jaz-z mnie wkurza mam wrażenie, że wszystko jest o tym samym, for real ale taka muzyka totalnie nie dla mnie, pod koniec się wyłączyłam i już nawet tekstu nie słuchałam, podejrzewam, że nie warto raczej wracać nie będę, na raczej na bank, są tysiące lepszych albumów a i uważam jay-z za frajera mizoginistę i trochę homofoba, kiss my ass "Hova" XDDDDDDDD

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Not a fan

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The production on the album is pretty clean, but didn’t have a lot of standout tracks in my opinion.

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I never really caught the Jay z thing. Like maybe I was too young to appreciate him or his music. But this shit is underwhelming and honestly, dated and boring. And I've felt like that about this album since my first time listening to it in like 2011. Always hated the whole back rapper bullshit of "if you don't think jay is the Goat you're opinion doesn't matter." Hate that gatekeeper bullshit.

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Ich hör dem Jigga gern zu bei seinen Geschichten, Takeover und so: muss ich halt selbst kein Gangster sein. Leider aber find ich seinen Flo meistens nicht so relatable, Stimme auch nicht. In Lyrical Exercise, fast ganz am Ende hör ich noch am liebsten hin, aber da hab ich die Stimme schon langsam über. Typ hat natürlich brillant den Underground mit dem ganz großen Bling versöhnt und außerdem diese Platte am 11.9.2001 veröffentlicht, alles ganz geil, aber … heute bei mir nur bisschen meh.

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Non penso di aver mai sentito JAY Z prima di questo album se non per sbaglio. Ero abbastanza prevenuto e in un certo senso non mi ha smentito completamente (testi misogini, solita roba sul crimine che paga, etc), però musicalmente mi ha sicuramente intrattenuto e a tratti sorpreso. Il fatto di dargli un taglio molto soul l'ho apprezzato sicuramente. Una cosa che ho notato è che JAY Z certe volte non ce sta proprio sopra, più di una volta ho avuto l'istinto di dire "vorrei spegnere la voce" perché stava disturbando la base e si incastrava male. Un'altra cosa da notare è che quando parte Eminem il livello è un altro, ma sarà perché so un maschio bianco della middle class. In ogni caso m'ha annoiato a tratti ma non l'ho odiato. Direi 2.

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Jay-z non è stato male dai. Non so in quale ramo del rap/hip hop/pop ci troviamo, ma non mi h fatto totalmente schifo. Ero tentato di dare 3 perché questa volta i beats mi sono piaciuti particolarmente. Ma poi sono tornato coi piedi per terra. Comunque Renegade è figa dai! Pure Girls girls girls p.2 mi è rimasta un po' in testa (forse perché era l'ultima).

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Not my thing

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I mean I get its importance, it just doesn't speak to me. I'm not a fan of his flow, even if the lyrics tell good stories. The samples are clumsy and unsophisticated, even if it's Kanye.

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Not my vibes at all. Sure, there might be some merit here, but I don't want to spend time trying to find it.

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pretty lame some songs were alright but for the most part, really cringey 3/10

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nothing stood out and the way he sang bothered me because it seemed off beat. they were fun to beat to but eh

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People who spend 45 minutes rhyming about how much money they have and how much tail they pull make me roll my eyes. I find it nearly impossible to look past that to any artistic interest or cultural significance.

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I think I need to listen to this again. On first listen, I thought it was a bit dull. For aficionados, that must be a shocking statement! I enjoyed listening to Dangermouse, a mashup of Jay z and the Beatles.

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Run of the mill, heard it 1000 times before tedious (c)rap.

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So many cringe moments.

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RAP. Ruim.

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No m'interessa el més mínim

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I try to give music the benefit of the doubt, and remember it’s a product of its time. But I was alive in 2001 when this album came out, and some of this stuff was pretty objectionable even back then. In fact, that might have been the point… to challenge societal mores. That’s great and all, but “Girls Girls Girls” is pretty fucking racist and misogynist. Maybe this is my privilege speaking, but there’s a lot here that I find repellent, but probably was pretty common back then. (Maybe it even still is, I don’t listen to a lot of rap.) I guess I was right, though. I still have preconceptions, and I never liked this style of rap, and I’m not likely to start now. Anything I say after that is likely to come off as racist/classist, and I don’t want to give people the wrong idea, so I’ll stop there. That ship might have already sailed. Alas.

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Didnt finish it

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Nah. Overrated junk.

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Solide wie ein Stapel Dachlatten - mal ist hier ein „biatch“-Astloch mal dort ein „Whoo!“-Harztropfen. Ansonsten sehr gleichförmig. Handwerkliche 1.1

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Shite. Couple of good songs but this is not the best hiphop album example.

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The point where I tuned out of commercial hip-hop Don't like this production at all. Rapping is good. No thanks

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1/5. Nigga fuck bitch…. The music is good, too bad it is spoiled with his language.

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Not my type of music.

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