Oliver Wang of LA Weekly reviewed Jay-Z’s latest effort ‘The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse’ describing the good and the bad. The “gift” of the album: “For all the rah-rah about Jay-Z vs. Nas, the conclusion is simple: Nas is a better poet, but in terms of effortless flow, sophisticated wordplay and just plain charisma, Jay-Z makes it seem so easy, where Nas often struggles.” And the “curse”? “Aside from the persecution complex, ‘The Blueprint 2’ is just plain boring to listen to. Jay’s production cast is strictly A-list: the Neptunes, Timbaland, Kayne West, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre. Yet this powerhouse of talent collectively creates one of the most anemic aural efforts in Jay’s career.” Read more.
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