808s & Podbreaks: Jay Z – The Blueprint

Receiving both the illustrious Three Letters (from XXL Magazine) and Five Mics (from The Source), Jay Z’s Blueprint is just what the title sounds like. A Blueprint for a career and a new generation of rap, moving toward slicker production and expensive sounding beats, where Jay can slip in and out of the beat like a boxer, and land his lyrical punches right where he needs to. It’s an important and well regarded album, but is it worthy of our podcast Hall of Fame? Listen on Spotify for our takes and three of the songs that best define this classic Jay album.

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