Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2.1

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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. ~ John Bush

1) A Dream - Faith Evans / Jay Z / The Notorious B.I.G. (03:46)
2) Hovi Baby - Jay Z (04:21)
3) The Watcher - Dr. Dre / Jay Z / Rakim / Truth Hurts (05:54)
4) '03 Bonnie & Clyde - Jay Z (03:24)
5) Excuse Me Miss - Jay Z (04:40)
6) All Around the World - Jay Z / LaToiya Williams (03:52)
7) Guns & Roses - Jay Z / Lenny Kravitz (04:25)
8) U Don't Know - Jay Z / M.O.P. (04:27)
9) Meet the Parents - Jay Z (04:58)
10) Some How Some Way - Jay Z / Scarface / Beanie Sigel (05:36)
11) The Bounce - Jay Z / Kanye West (04:17)
12) What They Gonna Do, Pt. 2 - Jay Z (11:24)

The Blueprint 2.1
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