The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

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The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse
Studio album by Jay-Z
Released November 12, 2002
Recorded April - September 2002
Genre Hip hop
Length 49:40 (The Gift)
58:47 (The Curse)
1:48:27 (Total)
Label Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Producer Darrell "Digga" Branch, Just Blaze, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Charlemagne, Kanye West, Heavy D, Big Chuck, Ron Feennster, Jimmy Kendrick, No I.D., Dr. Dre
Jay-Z chronology
The Blueprint
(2001)
The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse
(2002)
The Black Album
(2003)
Singles from The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse
  1. "'03 Bonnie & Clyde"
    Released: October 24, 2002
  2. "Hovi Baby"
    Released: November 12, 2002
  3. "Excuse Me Miss"
    Released: February 4, 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[3]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[4]
NME (8/10)[5]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10) [6]
PopMatters (mixed)[7]
RapReviews (8.5/10) [8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Spin 4.5/5 stars[10]
Village Voice (favorable)[11]

The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse is rapper Jay-Z's seventh studio album, released November 12, 2002. Parts of the album were later reissued as The Blueprint 2.1 in 2003.

This album, like Jay-Z's previous four, debuted at #1 with over 545,000 units shipped in its first week of sales, and has sold 2,117,000 units as of February 2012 in the U.S.[12] The album was criticized for its more pop-oriented sound as well as its plethora of guests, while The Blueprint had been almost devoid of guest appearances.

Though the album has no strict concept in view, the first disc The Gift generally has more upbeat, party tracks, including the hit singles "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" and "Excuse Me Miss." The Curse has a somewhat darker tone, including fewer guest appearances, disses to Nas, Ja Rule, and Jay-Z's former mentor Jaz-O on "Blueprint²" and a dramatic street tale on "Meet the Parents."

Track listing[edit]

Disc one: The Gift
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "A Dream" (featuring Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G.) Kanye West 4:12
2. "Hovi Baby"   Just Blaze 4:21
3. "The Watcher 2" (featuring Dr. Dre, Rakim & Truth Hurts) Dr. Dre 5:57
4. "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (featuring Beyoncé) Kanye West 3:25
5. "Excuse Me Miss" (featuring Pharrell) The Neptunes 4:41
6. "What They Gonna Do" (featuring Sean Paul) Timbaland 4:53
7. "All Around the World" (featuring LaToiya Williams) No I.D. 3:52
8. "Poppin' Tags" (featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista) Kanye West 6:00
9. "Fuck All Nite"   The Neptunes 4:19
10. "The Bounce" (featuring Kanye West) Timbaland 4:18
11. "I Did It My Way"   Jimi Kendrick, Big Chuck 3:42
Disc two: The Curse
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Diamond Is Forever"   Big Chuck, Ron Feemster 3:55
2. "Guns & Roses" (featuring Lenny Kravitz) Heavy D 4:25
3. "U Don't Know (Remix)" (featuring M.O.P.) Just Blaze 4:27
4. "Meet the Parents"   Just Blaze 4:58
5. "Some How Some Way"   Just Blaze 5:37
6. "Some People Hate"   Kanye West 4:31
7. "Blueprint 2"   Charlemagne 4:49
8. "Nigga Please" (featuring Young Chris) The Neptunes 4:38
9. "2 Many Hoes"   Timbaland 3:34
10. "As One" (featuring Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Gunz, Peedi Crakk, Omillio Sparks & Rell) Just Blaze 3:48
11. "A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier"   The Neptunes 4:42
Bonus tracks
No. Title Producer(s) Length
12. "Show You How"   Just Blaze 2:58
13. "Bitches & Sisters"   Just Blaze 2:38
14. "What They Gonna Do Part II"   Darrell "Digga" Branch 3:47
Samples

Chart history[edit]

Chart procession and succession
Preceded by
8 Mile Soundtrack
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 24, 2002 - November 30, 2002
Succeeded by
Up! by Shania Twain

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jay-Z Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2002-11-12. 
  2. ^ The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse at AllMusic
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (2002-12-06). "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse: Jay-Z | Music | MusicalWork Review | The A.V. Club". Origin.avclub.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  4. ^ Archived January 25, 2008 at the Wayback Machine[dead link]
  5. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Jay-Z : The Blueprint 2 : The Gift & The Curse". Nme.Com. 2005-09-12. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Hill, Marc L. "Jay-Z: Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  8. ^ "Jay-Z :: The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse :: Roc-A-Fella Records". Rapreviews.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ Ryan, Chris (2003-06-24). "Jay-Z, 'The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse' (Roc-a-Fella) | SPIN | Albums | Critical Mass". SPIN. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  11. ^ Nick Catucci (2002-12-31). "Songs in the Key of Z - Page 1 - Music - New York". Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  12. ^ Grein, Paul (2012-02-29). "Week Ending Feb. 26, 2012. Albums: Half of the Top 10 | Chart Watch (NEW) - Yahoo! Music". Music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 

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