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Ep. 4: The Ruler's Back | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

Ep. 4: The Ruler's Back | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

Update: 2021-09-09
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In this fourth and final episode, we’ll look at The Blueprint’s release date coinciding with the World Trade Centre attacks, the album’s critical success and commercial reception, its influence on the artists who came before and after and its enduring legacy 20 years on.

 

Guest appearances by Andrew Barber, Young Guru, Just Blaze, Jayson Buford, Nuface, Oliver Wang, Jesse Bernard, Lily Mercer, Nicolas Tyrell-Scott, Dylan Green, Akaash Sharma, Miki Hellerbach, Shawn Setaro, Pain In Da Ass, Bink, Yemi Abiade, Thandie Sibanda, J’na Jefferson and Carl Lamarre

 

1:23 - Andrew Barber on Def Jam bringing the release date of The Blueprint forward
1:48 - Young Guru on recording in Miami and receiving physical copies of The Blueprint
2:56 - David Courtney on being the source of inspiration for The Blueprint cover
4:22 - Young Guru on Just Blaze and Freeway discovering their chemistry
4:56 - Just Blaze on seeing the crowd reaction to The Blueprint
5:40 - Young Guru on close Roc-A-Fella friends and family passing away
6:20 - Young Guru on waking up on 911 and learning about the World Trade Centre attacks
7:47 - Andrew Barber on being in college and being excited about a new Jay-Z album
8:44 - Jayson Buford on being in kindergarten on 911 and remembering people being scared
9:46 - Nuface on losing his job on 911 and using music to lift his spirits
10:55 - Oliver Wang on having reservations when first listening to The Blueprint
11:52 - Jesse Bernard on how The Blueprint appeals to various Hip Hop fans
12:42 - Lily Mercer on The Blueprint’s lack of features and commercial success
14:01 - Nicolas Tyrell-Scott on Jay-Z stepping up with another quality album
14:55 - Dylan Green on other artists creating songs inspired by The Blueprint
15:55 - Akaash Sharma on how The Blueprint has inspired a generation of artists and fans
16:31 - Miki Hellerbach on discovering new things on The Blueprint
17:10 - Shawn Setaro on how The Blueprint set up Jay-Z to become the top rapper
17:42 - Pain In Da Ass on The Blueprint being the perfect Jay-Z album
18:15 - Bink on how The Blueprint changed the way people made music
19:11 - Young Guru on the legacy of The Blueprint and his memories of Kamel Abdo
20:06 - Jayson Buford and Bianca Gracie on Jay-Z becoming untouchable
21:24 - Yemi Abiade on Jay-Z’s influence on UK Hip Hop and Grime acts
22:08 - Thandie Sibanda on The Blueprint being a positive representation of Black people
24:28 - Nuface on The Blueprint’s addition to the National Recording Registry
25:18 - J’na Jefferson on Jay-Z’s unapologetic confidence on The Blueprint
26:45 - Shawn Setaro on how The Blueprint links the past and future
27:32 - Carl Lamarre on The Blueprint helping to give New York Hip Hop a new boost
29:13 - Just Blaze on the game-changing legacy of The Blueprint 20 years later

 

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Ep. 4: The Ruler's Back | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z

Ep. 4: The Ruler's Back | The Ruler's Back: The Making of The Blueprint by Jay-Z