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The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
Studio album by Jay-Z
Released November 12, 2002
Recorded December 2001-August 2002
Genre Hip Hop
Length 49:47 (The Gift)
58:53 (The Curse)
1:48:34 (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 Blueprint2001
The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse
The Blueprint 2.1
(2003)The Blueprint 2.12003
Singles from The Blueprint²: 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

The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse is rapper Jay-Z's seventh studio album released in 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 eventually sold 2 million in the U.S. 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, and Jay-Z's former mentor Jaz-O on "Blueprint²" and a dramatic street tale on "Meet the Parents."

Track listing

Disc one: The Gift

# Title Producer(s) Samples Length
1 "A Dream" (feat. Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G.) Kanye West 4:12
2 "Hovi Baby" Just Blaze
  • "Diggin' On You (Live)" by TLC
3 "The Watcher 2" (feat. Dr. Dre, Rakim & Truth Hurts) Dr. Dre 5:57
4 "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (feat. Beyoncé) Kanye West
  • "Me and My Girlfriend" by Makaveli
  • Interpolation of "If I Was Your Girlfriend" by Prince
5 "Excuse Me Miss" The Neptunes 4:41
6 "What They Gonna Do" (feat. Sean Paul) Timbaland 4:54
7 "All Around The World" (feat. LaToiya Williams) No I.D.
  • Interpolation of "Sadie" by B. Hawes
  • "Brooklyn's Finest" by Jay-Z
  • "Theme From The Black Hole" by George Clinton
  • "Children Get Together" by Ed Hawkins
  • "Same Song" by Digital Underground
8 "Poppin' Tags" (feat. Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista) Kanye West 6:00
9 "Fuck All Nite" The Neptunes 4:19
10 "The Bounce" (feat. Kanye West) Timbaland 4:19
11 "I Did It My Way" Jimmy Kendrix, Big Chuck 3:42

Disc two: The Curse

# Title Producer(s) Samples Length
1 "Diamond Is Forever" Big Chuck, Ron Feemster 3:56
2 "Guns & Roses" (feat. Lenny Kravitz) Heavy D
  • "Arco Arena" by Cake
3 "U Don't Know (Remix)" (feat. M.O.P.) Just Blaze 4:27
4 "Meet the Parents" Just Blaze 4:59
5 "Some How Some Way" (feat. Beanie Sigel & Scarface) Just Blaze 5:38
6 "Some People Hate" Kanye West 4:32
7 "Blueprint²" Charlemagne 4:49
8 "Nigga Please" (feat. Young Chris) The Neptunes 4:38
9 "2 Many Hoes" Timbaland 3:34
10 "As One" (feat. Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Gunz, Peedi Crakk, Sparks & Rell) Just Blaze 3:49
11 "A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier" The Neptunes 4:42
12* "Show You How" Just Blaze 2:59
13* "Bitches & Sisters" Just Blaze
  • "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" by Kim Weston
  • "A Bitch Iz a Bitch" by N.W.A.
14* "What They Gonna Do Part II" Darrell "Digga" Branch 3:47

(*) denotes bonus tracks. Unlike Jay-Z other albums, these three tracks are listed on the album and have their own separate track.

Chart history

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

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