The Blueprint wasn’t Jay-Z’s first or final classic album (see the uber-lyrical Reasonable Doubt and pseudo-swan song, The Black Album, respectively). However, Hov truly found his sweet spot with his cohesive 9/11 masterpiece. Bolstered by Just Blaze and Kanye West productions, The Blueprint is soulful, yet commercial; witty, while intimate; revolutionary, but gangsta. In honor of the landmark LP’s 11th birthday, VIBE takes a look back to examine Jay-Z’s true coming of age. Oh, it’s timeless…
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