The Blueprint
The Blueprint
Studio album by Jay-Z


11 September 2001


July 2001 at Baseline Studios (New York, New York) and Manhattan Center (New York, New York)


Hip hop




Bink, Kareem "Biggs" Burke (exec.), Shawn Carter (exec.), Damon Dash (exec.), Eminem, Just Blaze, Timbaland, Trackmasters, Kanye West

Jay-Z chronology


The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)


The Best of Both Worlds (2002)

The Blueprint is the sixth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released in 2001 on Roc-A-Fella Records. Its release was set a week earlier than initially planned in order to fight 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 for gun possession and assault, and had become one of hip hop's most dissed artists, receiving insults from Nas, Prodigy and Jadakiss.

The album is also famous for the breakouts of its producers Kanye West and Just Blaze. Kanye West produced four of the thirteen tracks on the album, including the hit single "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" and the controversial diss track "Takeover", which features diss lyrics aimed at Nas and Prodigy. Just Blaze produced the songs "Girls, Girls, Girls", "Song Cry" and "U Don't Know". The two also produced a hidden track each. Eminem is the sole guest appearance on the album, appearing on the self-produced "Renegade".

Upon its release, The Blueprint received universal acclaim, with critics praising Jay-Z's lyricism and the production. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 420,000 copies in its first week. The Blueprint has since sold over 2,700,000 copies in the United States alone as of February 2012. The album is considered one of Jay-Z's best albums and has been labeled as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. 

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "The Ruler's Back" Jay-Z Carter, Harrel, Hurtt, Sigler Bink 3:50
2. "Takeover" Jay-Z Burdon, Carter, Chandler, Densmore, Krieger, Lemay, Lomax, Manzarek, Morrison, Parker, West Kanye West 5:13
3. "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" Jay-Z Carter, Gordy, Mizell, Perren, Richards, West Kanye West 4:01
4. "Girls, Girls, Girls" Jay-Z Brock, Carter, Relf, Smith Just Blaze 4:35
5. "Jigga That Nigga" Jay-Z Barnes, Carter, Olivier Trackmasters 3:24
6. "U Don't Know" Jay-Z Byrd, Carter, Smith Just Blaze 3:19
7. "Hola' Hovita" Jay-Z Carter, Mosley Timbaland 4:33
8. "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)" Jay-Z Carter, Price, Walsh, West Kanye West 3:43
9. "Never Change" Jay-Z Carter, Miller, West Kanye West 3:59
10. "Song Cry" Jay-Z Carter, Gibbs, Johnson, Smith Just Blaze 5:04
11. "All I Need" Jay-Z Carter, Harrel Bink 4:29
12. "Renegade" Jay-Z, Eminem Carter, Mathers Eminem 5:38
13. "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)" Jay-Z Carter, Green, Harrel Bink 3:41
"Breathe Easy (Lyrical Exercise)" Jay-Z Just Blaze 3:45
"Girls, Girls, Girls (Part 2)" Jay-Z Kanye West 4:14
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