Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | 7:38am
The Source Commemorates Jay-Z’s 9/11/01 Release of the Blueprint
An album considered so classic it overcame a nation mourned
Do you remember this cover? Of course you do. 10 years ago, Jay-Z’s release of what many critics believe was his best album, The Blueprint, was overshadowed by the events on 9/11. Despite the country stopping in its tracks for months, Jay-Z’s groundbreaking project was able to survive a much distracted fan base and still rise to a state of immortality. The Source Magazine, (yes apparently its still around) pays homage not only to those lost but the historic project. Here’s how it was reviewed by the magazine at the time.
“After his classic 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, ignited the streets, dazzled the critics, but didn’t move enough units, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter scrapped his bad marketing plan for a one-album discography and decided to drop a new masterful work each and every year. He emerged center stage with a fervent desire to be #1 in the post “Pac-Biggie” era. No MC ever wanted the throne as much as Hov. If consistency kills, he was the Son of Sam, and by the time he got to his sixth album, his frustrated competitors were firing shots back.”
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