Release Date: September 11th 2001
Genre: Hip hop
Label: Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella
Producer: Shawn Carter (exec.), Damon Dash (exec.), Kareem "Biggs" Burke (exec.), Bink, Eminem, Just Blaze, Poke & Tone, Kanye West, Timbaland
1 "The Ruler's Back"
3 "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
4 "Girls, Girls, Girls"
5 "Jigga That Nigga"
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"
12 "Renegade" (featuring Eminem)
13 "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)"
Pitchfork 8.7/10 - '"If I ain't better than B.I.G./ I'm the closest one," he says on "Hola Hovito," and that's an important clarification; when Puffy and Easy Mo Bee were laying pop beats under Biggie's real-life crime stories, the old school heads complained about how the rugged and rough aesthetic was on the way out. But "Juicy" shut the haters up by simply explaining that Biggie was pop only because he didn't need that dirty funk-rock life anymore. And so, while frat boys went buckwild for screeching thugs like Cypress Hill and Onyx who boasted of a running crime rate, Biggie had already gotten over it and just wanted to live his life in peace. But everyone knows what actually happened, and after his crime style finally caught up with him, the new generation of pop thug was ushered in. After Biggie's death, no one comes closer than Jay-Z.'
Allmusic 5/5 - 'For once, listeners get exactly what they want: Jay-Z and nothing but Jay-Z, over beats so loaded with marvelously flipped samples the songs don't even need big vocal hooks. Besides, when you're already the top MC in the game, there's no need for crossover attempts. Uneven albums like Hard Knock Life were the crossover attempts, and now that Jay-Z is "runnin' this rap sh*t," a fully realized masterpiece like The Blueprint is the glorious result.'