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Jay-Z - Blueprint 2:The Gift and the Curse (Parental Advisory)

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    Personnel: Jay-Z, Notorius B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Scarface, Twista, Big Boi, Killer Mike, M.O.P., Beanie Sigel, Young Chris, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Guns, Peedi Crakk, Rell (rap vocals); Lenny Kravitz, Faith Evans, Raje Shwari, LaToiya Williams, Beyonc......more

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Artist: Jay-Z
Description:
Personnel: Jay-Z, Notorius B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Scarface, Twista, Big Boi, Killer Mike, M.O.P., Beanie Sigel, Young Chris, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Guns, Peedi Crakk, Rell (rap vocals); Lenny Kravitz, Faith Evans, Raje Shwari, LaToiya Williams, Beyonce Knowles (vocals); Just Blaze (various instruments, vinyl scratches); Eric "E-Bass" Johnson (various instruments); Scott Storch (Fender Rhodes piano); Mike Elizondo, Camara Kambon (keyboards); Debra Killings (bass); Mark Dorsey, Michelle Rosario, Sleepy Brown, LaToiya Williams, Truth Hurts, Christy Love, Hovi Baby (background vocals). Producers include: Kanye West, Blaze, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Timbaland. THE BLUEPRINT 2 was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Excuse Me Miss" was nominated for Best Rap Song. Personnel includes: Jay-Z, Faith Evans, Notorious B.I.G., Dr Dre, Rakim, Truth Hurts, Beyonce' Knowles, Sean Paul, Latoiya Williams, Big Boi, Killer Mike, Twista, Lenny Kravitz, M.O.P., Beanie Sigel, Scareface, Young Chris, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Guns, Peedi Crakk, Sparks & Rell. Producers include: Kanye West, Just Blaze, Dr Dre, Timbaland, No I.D. THE BLUEPRINT 2 was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. "Excuse Me Miss" was nominated for Best Rap Song. Personnel: Debra Killings (vocals, bass guitar); Christy Love, Michelle Rosario, Christian Love, LaToiya Williams, Marc Dorsey, Raje Shwari, Sleepy Brown (vocals); Eric Johnson , Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards); Scott Spencer Storch (Fender Rhodes piano); Camara Kambon (keyboards); Just Blaze (scratches); Terri, Truth Hurts (background vocals). Audio Mixers: John Frye; Jason Goldstein; Doug Wilson; Dr. Dre; Jimmy Douglas; Lenny Kravitz; Patrick Viala; Richard Travali. Recording information: Baseline Studios, New York, NY; Encore Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Encore Studios, LA, CA; Manhattan Center, New York, NY; Master Sound Studio, CA; Record One Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Record One, LA, CA; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; The Boiler Room, New York, NY. Photographers: Albert Watson ; Rebecca Meek; Jonathan Mannion. It's hard not to somewhat admire the guts of a rapper who would lead off his album by not merely sampling a hearty slice of the hallowed Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy" while Faith sings in the background, but by claiming Biggie's tacit approval on "A Dream." This is before he compares himself to Jesus at least three times. It's exactly this sort of unyielding confidence ever teetering on the verge of megalomaniacal arrogance that propelled Jay-Z to the pinnacle of the rap world. As 2002 wound to a close, the prolific Sean Carter dropped the sequel to the critically lauded, platinum-selling THE BLUEPRINT; two CDs, no skits, no filler, nothing but urgent poetics over tight tracks. Jay-Z may never possess the elevated prose of his arch-rival Nas, but he knows the power in brevity, in a terse, well-turned phrase. While he's always been an eccentric sampler, on THE BLUEPRINT VOL. 2 he pares away any hint of gimmickry or excess. On "Guns And Roses," he effortlessly reconfigures a Cake instrumental as picture-perfect backdrop to a stark parable about life's duality as Lenny Kravitz wails along. Overall, THE BLUEPRINT VOL. 2 continues and builds upon the legacy of the Queens megastar MC.
See Also:
The Blueprint, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, Kingdom Come, Hard Knock Life
See Influences:
Slick Rick, 2Pac, Marley Marl, Run-D.M.C., Gang Starr, EPMD, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Eric B. & Rakim, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Kool G Rap, Main Source, Rakim
See Contemporaries:
Fabolous, Joe Budden, DMX, Redman, T.I., Prodigy (Mobb Deep), Clipse, Ski Beatz, Kanye West (Rap), Big Punisher, Lupe Fiasco, The Diplomats, Fatal, Eminem, Nas, Raekwon, AZ, Missy Elliott, Ghostface Killah, Mase, Jadakiss, Beanie Sigel, 50 Cent, Memphis Bleek, Method Man, Kendrick Lamar, Noreaga, Freeway, Fat Joe, Big L, Mystikal (Rap), Ja Rule, The Notorious B.I.G., Mobb Deep
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Dream, A - (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)
  2. 2 Hovi Baby
  3. 3 Watcher 2, The - (featuring Rakim/Truth Hurts)
  4. 4 '03 Bonnie & Clyde
  5. 5 Excuse Me Miss
  6. 6 What They Gonna Do - (featuring Sean Paul)
  7. 7 All Around the World
  8. 8 Poppin' Tags - (featuring Killer Mike/Twista)
  9. 9 F**k All Nite
  10. 10 Bounce, The
  11. 11 I Did It My Way
Disc 2:
  1. 1 Diamond Is Forever
  2. 2 Guns & Roses - (featuring Lenny Kravitz)
  3. 3 U Don't Know - (Remix, remix, featuring M.O.P.)
  4. 4 Meet the Parents
  5. 5 Some How Some Way - (featuring Beanie Sigel/Scarface)
  6. 6 Some People Hate
  7. 7 Blueprinty
  8. 8 N****a Please - (featuring Young Chris)
  9. 9 2 Many Hoes
  10. 10 As One - (featuring Memphis Bleek/Freeway/Young Guns/Peedi Crakk/Sparks/Rell)
  11. 11 Ballad for the Fallen Soldier, A
  12. 12 Show You How - (bonus track)
  13. 13 B*****s & Sisters - (bonus track)
  14. 14 What They Gonna Do, Pt. 2 - (bonus track)
Type:
Performer
Genre:
R&B
Subgenre:
East Coast Rap
Label:
Roc-A-Fella Records
Number of Discs:
2
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
108 : 24
Guest Artist:
Faith Evans; The Notorious B.I.G.; Dr. Dre; Rakim; Truth Hurts; Scarface; Sean Paul; Twista; Big Boi; Lenny Kravitz; Latoiya Wil
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.92) - "...Something of a hip-hop WHITE ALBUM: two discs worth of party anthems and serious songwriting..." Spin (1/03, p.71) - Ranked #13 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year" - "...This may be hip-hop's first consistently great double album--funny, sonically dense, blessedly free of wacky skits..." Q (01/03, p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...He's aflame, energy sparking from every laser-sharp line, every supercharged beat, every lunging string sweep..."
UPC:
044006338125
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