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44 Artists & Industry Elite On The Legacy Of JAY-Z & His Discography

It’s no surprise the release of JAY-Z’s 4:44 is at the forefront of 2018’s Grammy nominations. To mainstream media, it was the response to Lemonade they…


A Look Back at Jay-Z’s Career Highlights Up Through ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

Ever wonder how Jay-Z became a rap legend? VIBE takes a look at some of Jigga man's career highlights up through…


Watch: Life + Times’ “The Blueprint – PMK Customs x Brooklyn Zoo”

Since being called upon by hip-hop's royal couple to customize both of their favorite kicks—on two separate occasions—a lot of attention has been…


‘The Blueprint’ Turns 11: VIBE Salutes Jay-Z’s G.O.A.T. Album [Interviews, Essays & Debates]

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…


Jay Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Vinyl

September marked the 10th anniversary of one of Jay Z's greatest albums, The Blueprint. To help celebrate, Hov has released a limited edition version of…

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V Exclusive: J. Cole Calls The Blueprint a ‘Classic,’ Names His Favorite Song

Ten-years after its release, Jay-Z's The Blueprint, is still mentioned amongst the best hip-hop albums of all time.


Blueprint At 10: Pusha T Breaks Down Hov’s White Lines In ‘Never Change’

The G.O.O.D. Music heavyweight chimes on Jay-Z's coke rap candor…


Royce Da 5’9″ Compares The Original ‘Renegade’ to Jay-Z’s Version: ‘It Helped Me Grow’

Bad Meets Evil half Royce Da 5’9" tells how The Blueprint's sole collaboration treked from Motown to Marcy "Renegade" started out as a song me and…


Jadakiss And Kendrick Lamar Debate Jay-Z and Nas’ Infamous Battle: ‘Takeover’ Vs. ‘Ether’

JADAKISS SAYS: I didn’t really like the "Takeover" beat. But the words—you know what the words are! It’s like the Declaration of Independence…


9th Wonder Compares Jay-Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ to ‘The Chronic’; Picks LP’s Best Beat

Ten years after Jay-Z's 9/11 masterpiece, producer 9th Wonder examines The Blueprint's sonic impact…


V Vintage: Kanye West Dishes Gems On His ‘Blueprint’ Beat CD

In VIBE's 2004 Jay-Z cover, a pre-blown-up Kanye West—who produced The Blueprint's "Takeover," "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)," "Never Change"—dishes out…


The Blueprint: 5 Things Jay-Z Should Do To Make His New Solo Album A Hit

1. Call Just Blaze ASAP. It's not that the production on Jay's last album, The Blueprint 3, was bad. It was actually really solid…
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