In late 2001 Shawn Carter
released The Blueprint
, amidst feuds with Nas and Prodigy, awaiting trials for gun possession and assault, and a world shocked and distracted by September 11th (the coincidental release date). An impeccable work of balance, fueled by an emotional time in the life of the young rapper, and magnified to the Nth degree by world events, The Blueprint
was an instant classic, full of hits, and applauded by critics and fans alike as an unforgettable record. It has one guest rapper, Eminem
, who also produced one of the tracks. It seemed unbeatable in terms of career defining records.
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