Eighteen years ago, Jay-Z blessed the game with a gift and a curse, the ambitious double album “The Blueprint 2.”
A vast contrast to the original Blueprint, which was largely built around the soul-sampling efforts of Just Blaze, Kanye West, and more, Blueprint 2 felt closer to Vol 2…Hard Knock Life in nature. The beats were a little more adventurous, with returning player Timbaland following up his Blueprint highlight “Hola Hovito” with an exotic and appropriately-titled follow-up: “The Bounce.” Special if only for being one of the formative Watch The Throne tracks, the penultimate disc-1 highlight featured some boastful bars from Jay-Z and a particularly hungry young Yeezy. Released ahead of The College Dropout, the track is a welcome prologue to the greatness the once-mighty duo would go on to achieve behind the mic.
So with Blueprint 2 officially turning the corner on another year, be sure to sound off with your thoughts on the album — do you think this one deserves to be deemed a classic?
Rumor has it The Blueprint classic
Couldn’t even be stopped by Bin Laden
So September 11th marks the era forever
Of a revolutionary Jay Guevera