BROOKLYN, New York — Roc Nation’s Shawn “Jay Z” Carter groundbreaking album, The Blueprint, which was released the same day as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, is among the 25 recordings that will be added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry this year.
Released in 2001, the rapper’s sixth album is the most contemporary work on the 2019 list.
The Blueprint is the sixth studio album by rapper Jay-Z, released by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2001 at Manhattan Center Studios and Baseline Studios in New York City.
Contrasting the radio-friendly sound of Jay-Z’s previous work, The Blueprint features soul-based sampling and production handled primarily by Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Bink, as well as Timbaland, Trackmasters, and Eminem, who also contributes the album’s sole guest feature.
NEWS: 25 timeless audio treasures have been named to the Library's #NationalRecordingRegistry by @LibnOfCongress Carla Hayden, including Cyndi Lauper, Jay-Z, Cab Calloway, Robert F. Kennedy, Neil Diamond & more. Full list: https://t.co/6BQq42tOSc pic.twitter.com/DOr9kYs2Gv
— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) 20 mars 2019