The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse

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The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse is rapper Jay-Z's 7th studio album released in 2002. Parts of the album were later reissued as The Blueprint 2.1 in 2003.

This album, like Jay-Z's previous four, debuted at #1 with over 545,000 units shipped in its first week of sales. The album was criticized for its more pop-oriented sound as well as its plethora of guests, while The Blueprint had been almost devoid of guest appearances.

Though the album has no strict concept in view, the first disc The Gift generally has more upbeat, party tracks, including the hit singles "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" and "Excuse Me Miss." The Curse has a somewhat darker tone, including disses to Nas, Ja Rule and Jay-Z's former mentor Jaz-O on "Blueprint 2" and a dramatic street tale on "Meet the Parents."

Signed Roc-A-Fella Records producers Kanye West and Just Blaze, as well as longtime collaborators The Neptunes and Timbaland contributed heavily to the album's production. Other producers are Dr. Dre, Heavy D, and No I.D.. At this time, it is assumed that Jay-Z had just started a relationship with actress, singer, dancer, Beyonce Knowles.

Track listing

Disc one: The Gift

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Featured guest (s)
1 "A Dream" S. Carter, C. Wallace, K. West, S. Combs, J.C. Olivier, J. Mtume Kevin Miller Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G.
2 "Hovi Baby" S. Carter, J. Smith, K. Edmonds Just Blaze Additional vocals: Christy Love
3 "The Watcher 2" S. Carter, A. Young, W. Griffin Dr. Dre Dr. Dre, Rakim & Truth Hurts
Background vocals: Terri
4 "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" S. Carter, K. West, T. Shakur, D. Harper, T. Rouse, T. Wrice, P. Nelson Kanye West Beyoncé Knowles
5 "Excuse Me Miss" S. Carter, P. Williams, C. Hugo The Neptunes Additional vocals: Pharrell Williams (uncreditted)
6 "What They Gonna Do" S. Carter, T. Mosley Timbaland Sean Paul
7 "All Around the World" S. Carter, D. Wilson, G. Clinton Jr., W. Collins, Hawkins, J. Jefferson, C. Simmons, J. Vitti, J. Theracon, B. Hawes No I.D. LaToiya Williams
8 "Poppin' Tags" S. Carter, A. Patton, C. Mitchell, K. West, W. Robinson, R. Michael Kanye West Big Boi, Killer Mike & Twista
Additional vocals: Sleepy Brown and Debra Killings
9 "Fuck All Nite" S. Carter, P. Williams, C. Hugo The Neptunes Additional vocals: Pharrell Williams (uncreditted) and Tanisha Carnes
10 "The Bounce" S. Carter, T. Mosley Timbaland Kanye West (uncreditted)
Guest vocals: Raje Shwari
11 "I Did It My Way" S. Carter, C. Stanton, J. Kendrix, J. Revaud, G. Thibaut, P. Anka, C. Francois Jimmy Kendrix and Big Chuck Paul Anka

Disc two: The Curse

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Featured guest (s)
1 "Diamond Is Forever" S. Carter, C. Stanton, T. Feemster Ron Feemster and Big Chuck Additional vocals: Michelle Rosario
2 "Guns & Roses" S. Carter, D. Myers, J. McCrea Heavy D Lenny Kravitz
3 "U Don't Know (Remix)" S. Carter, J. Grinnage, E. Murray, J. Smith, B. Byrd Just Blaze M.O.P.
4 "Meet the Parents" S. Carter, J. Smith Just Blaze
5 "Some How Some Way" S. Carter, D. Grant, B. Jordan, J. Smith, M. McGloiry Just Blaze Beanie Sigel & Scarface
6 "Some People Hate" S. Carter, K. West, B. Russell Kanye West
7 "Blueprint²" S. Carter, H. Charlemagne, E. Morricone Charlemagne
8 "Nigga Please" S. Carter, C. Ries, P. Williams, C. Hugo The Neptunes Young Chris
Additional vocals: Pharrell Williams (uncredited)
9 "2 Many Hoes" S. Carter, T. Mosley Timbaland Additional vocals: Timbaland
10 "As One" S. Carter, M. Cox, L. Pridgen, C. Ries, E. Del Barrio, K. Johnson, M. White, V. White, J. Smith, P. Ziyas, H. Muhammed Just Blaze Memphis Bleek, Freeway, Young Gunz, Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crakk, Omillio Sparks & Rell
11 "A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier" S. Carter, P. Williams, C. Hugo The Neptunes Additional vocals: Marc Dorsey
12 "Show You How"* S. Carter, J. Smith Just Blaze
13 "Bitches & Sisters"* S. Carter, J. Smith, I. Hayes, D. Porter Just Blaze
14 "What They Gonna Do Part II"* S. Carter, D. Branch Darrell "Digga" Branch

*Bonus tracks


The Gift

A Dream

Hovi Baby

  • "Diggin' On You (Live)" by TLC

'03 Bonnie & Clyde

  • "Me And My Girlfriend" by 2Pac
  • Interpolation of "If I Was Your Girlfriend" by Prince

All Around the World

  • Interpolation of "Sadie" by B. Hawes
  • "Theme From The Black Hole" by George Clinton
  • "Children Get Together" by Ed Hawkins

Poppin' Tags

I Did It My Way

The Curse

Guns & Roses

  • "Arco Arena" by Cake

U Don't Know (Remix)

Some How Some Way

Blueprint 2

As One

Bitches & Sisters

  • "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" by Kim Weston
  • "A Bitch Iz a Bitch" by N.W.A.

Some People Hate

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