The Blueprint 2.1

The Blueprint 2.1

by Jay-Z


Jay-Z kept The Blueprint incredibly tight, focusing on a single sound and letting nothing interfere with some of the best raps of his career. The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse was a radically different record, with the most respected rapper in the business trying on a range of styles, collaborating with a lot of guests and working with an army of producers (Neptunes, Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Heavy D, Kanye West). Four months after its release, Roc-A-Fella issued Blueprint 2.1, a version of the record that cut in half the running time of the original and delivered most of the best material -- the Neptunes' bounce track "Excuse Me Miss," the horn-driven blast of "The Watcher 2" produced by Dr. Dre (featuring Truth Hurts), and the record's biggest hit, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," a slick R&B crossover with Beyoncé Knowles. Just like the original, Blueprint 2.1 ranges from unapologetically sexed-up party joints to theatrical epics and even takes in a feature for the prince of rock Lenny Kravitz ("Guns & Roses"). Yes, it is slightly more focused than its two-disc predecessor, but it's still a sprawling commercial monster that lacks the creativity of The Blueprint.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2003
Label: Roc-A-Fella
UPC: 0044007729625
catalogNumber: 000029702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist
Christian Love   Vocals
Ken Lewis   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Guitar,Keyboards
Terri   Background Vocals
Ervin Pope   Keyboards
Camara Kambon   Keyboards
Eric Johnson   Bass,Guitar
J. Smith   scratching
LaToiya Williams   Vocals
Truth Hurts   Background Vocals
Scott Storch   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Prince   Composer
Bobby Byrd   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
James Mtume   Composer
Brad Jordan   Composer
Babyface   Composer
Jay-Z   Composer
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
J.S. Theracon   Composer
Mike Ging   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Andre Young   Composer
Damon Dash   Executive Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Tyrone Wrice   Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Kanye West   Composer,Producer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
Kareem "Biggs" Burke   Executive Producer
Darrell Branch   Producer
Eric Johnson   Contributor
D. Wilson   Composer
J. Smith   Producer,Contributor
Superfly   Engineer
Andrew Coleman   Contributor
Heavy D   Producer
Suzanne Burge   Marketing
B. Hawes   Composer
Shane "Bermy" Woodley   Engineer
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Justin Smith   Composer

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