our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
ways can one person brag about themself?
Jay-Z has no shortage of things to say about himself.
serves up an all-you-can-eat buffet of his ego on his latest release,
Blueprint. Listening to Blueprint from start to
finish will have you loostening your belt because you've had too
much of it. What else is there to expect from one rap's biggest
Jay-Z still manages to piece together an album that won't dissapoint
any fans. Of course, he throws in a couple of jams that are guarenteed
hits to keep on him on top of the rap game, such as "Girls,
Girls, Girls" and "IZZO (H.O.V.A.)." But he sneeks
a few surprises in also, like the moody "Song Cry" in
which Jay-Z gets true over a sample from "Sounds Like A Love
Song" by Bobby Glen.
the guest appearances for the production end of Blueprint.
Timbaland was brought in to produce "Hola' Hovito."
If you didn't read the liner notes, you wouldn't have known it
was a product of Timbaland, since he abandons his usual programmed
beats and centers the song around a thick guitar riff and stiff
drums. Track Masters come through again, producing "Jigga
That N***a," on which they supply a tweaked and tight track
made for the club. Jay-Z only has one guest rapper, Eminem, appear
on "Renegade." Jay-Z shows his raw talent when he strays
from his usual dose of ego-attitude rapping to clone Eminem's
more edgy flow. Blueprint also has two hidden tracks on
track 13, one being a different mix of "Girls, Girls, Girls."
nothing to prove to his fans, so Blueprint
doesn't do much more than solidify his position in rap. It's engineered
to keep current fans happy, and bring other fans of East-Coast
rap. As a casual listener, only about half the tracks will attract
liked The Blueprint...
The Ruler's Back
3. IZZO (H.O.V.A.)
4. Girls, Girls, Girls
5. Jigga That N***A
6. U Don't Know
7. Hola' Hovito
8. Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
9. Never Change
10. Song Cry
11. All I Need
13. Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)