Album review

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

What made The Blueprint so great was Jay-Z's opulent showbiz, magnifying his ego to global proportions. But can such an ego be tolerated over a double album?

Alas, despite individually powerful tracks like "Hovi Baby" and "Bitches & Sisters", we've heard too much of this before. There are obligatory contributions from the Neptunes and Timbaland, of which the former come out much the better ("Fuck All Nite", "Nigga Please"), and equally predictable appearances by Jay-Z's current other half Beyoncé Knowles, and Faith Evans. By the time Jay-Z is reduced to rocking out with Lenny Kravitz on "Guns & Roses", you will be reduced to apoplexy.

Rating: 2 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...