We all know that Jay Z’s 2001 album ‘The Blueprint’, the first instalment in a trilogy of ‘Blueprint’ titles, is an instant classic. The album cemented Jay’s status as one of the greats of hip-hop, from the blistering bars of ‘Takeover’ to the soulful lamentations of ‘Heart of The City (Ain’t No Love)’ it was an unprecedented release. Oh and the album also positioned Jay’s new favourite producer as a force to be reckoned with, a young guy by the name of Kanye West. In honour of the album’s 14th anniversary we took a closer look at the classic.
The Ruler is Still Here: Investigating the Legacy of Jay Z’s ‘The Blueprint’