The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

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The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse
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Studio album by Jay-Z
Released November 12, 2002
Recorded December 2001 - August 2002
Genre Hip hop
Length 1:42:02
Label
Producer
Jay-Z chronology
The Blueprint
(2001)
The Blueprint2
(2002)
The Black Album
(2003)
Singles from The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse
  1. "'03 Bonnie & Clyde"
    Released: October 10, 2002
  2. "Hovi Baby"
    Released: November 12, 2002
  3. "Excuse Me Miss"
    Released: February 4, 2003

The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse is the seventh studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on November 12, 2002, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. The album serves as a sequel to his sixth album The Blueprint (2001). Parts of the album were later reissued for his compilation album, titled Blueprint 2.1 (2003). Unlike this project than his other four previous albums, it debuted at number one, shipping with first-week sales of 545,000 units. As of February 2012, the album has sold 2,117,000 units in the United States.[1]

Music[edit]

The three-month recording sessions took place after Jay-Z's critically acclaimed and commercially successful sixth album The Blueprint (2001), at the age of 32. The production on the album was handled primarily by Just Blaze and Kanye West - both of whom had recently established themselves as both of one of hip-hop's most celebrated producers due to the success of The Blueprint - Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (also known as The Neptunes), and Timbaland, while other producers includes No I.D., Darrell "Digga" Branch, Charlemagne, Big Chuck, Dr. Dre, Jimmy Kendrick, Heavy D, and Ron Fennster. Unlike The Blueprint which was almost void of guest appearances, The Blueprint² features many featured guests, even out-of-genre artists that include Lenny Kravitz and Sean Paul. Other features include West Coast rapper and producer Dr. Dre, Rakim, Beyoncé, Faith Evans, Beanie Sigel and Scarface. The album also includes an uncredited verse from Kanye West on the Timbaland-produced track "The Bounce". Pharrell also provides vocals and hooks of many of his produced tracks, for example "Excuse Me Miss" and "Nigga Please". Though the album has no strict concept, the album contains two discs. The first disc entitled "The Gift" features mainstream, pop-oriented music. The second disc entitled "The Curse" contains dark, emotional, and bravado street songs such as the dark-toned retelling of "Meet the Parents", the emotional substance of escaping the dangerous ghetto in "Some How Some Way", the Nas-diss "Blueprint2", and the bravado "Nigga Please".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[4]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[5]
NME (8/10)[6]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[7]
PopMatters (mixed)[8]
RapReviews (8.5/10)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Spin 4.5/5 stars[11]
Village Voice (favorable)[12]

The album received positive reviews from critics. Critics applauded the album for its production—mostly aimed at Kanye West, Just Blaze, and The Neptunes—as well as lyricism from Jay-Z and blend of mainstream rap music and dark street rap while critics criticized the amount of tracks, plus the large amount of guest artists and pop-oriented sound.

Track listing[edit]

The Gift (Disc 1)
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "A Dream" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G and Faith Evans)   Kanye West 4:12
2. "Hovi Baby"     Just Blaze 4:21
3. "The Watcher 2" (featuring Dr. Dre, Rakim and Truth Hurts)   5:55
4. "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (featuring Beyoncé)   Kanye West 3:25
5. "Excuse Me Miss"     The Neptunes 4:41
6. "What They Gonna Do" (featuring Sean Paul)   Darrell "Digga" Branch 4:54
7. "All Around the World" (featuring LaToiya Williams)   No I.D. 3:52
8. "Poppin' Tags" (featuring Twista, Killer Mike and Big Boi)   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"    
3:42
The Curse (Disc 2)
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Diamond Is Forever"     3:56
2. "Guns & Roses" (featuring Lenny Kravitz)   Heavy D 4:26
3. "U Don't Know (Remix)" (featuring M.O.P.)   Just Blaze 4:27
4. "Meet the Parents"     Just Blaze 4:59
5. "Some How Some Way" (featuring Scarface and Beanie Sigel)   Just Blaze 5:37
6. "Some People Hate"     Kanye West 4:32
7. "Blueprint2"     Charlemagne 4:49
8. "Nigga Please" (featuring Young Chris)   The Neptunes 4:38
9. "2 Many Hoes"     Timbaland 3:34
10. "As One" (featuring Rell, Young Gunz, Sparks, Peedi Crakk, Memphis Bleek and Freeway)   Just Blaze 3:49
11. "A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier"     The Neptunes 4:42
12. "Show You How" (Bonus track)   Just Blaze 2:59
13. "Bitches & Sisters" (Bonus track)   Just Blaze 2:39
14. "What They Gonna Do, Part II" (Bonus track)   Darrell "Digga" Branch 3:47

Chart history[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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]

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