September 11th, 2001 is notable for being the most important tragedy in trendy American historical past, however the day coincided with the discharge of some fairly noteworthy albums: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s Midway Tree (which gained the Greatest Reggae Album GRAMMY in 2002), Mariah Carey‘s Glitter (which might be known as the worst album of her profession), Fabolous‘ debut album Ghetto Fabolous (which reached No. three on the Billboard 200), and — after all — JAY-Z‘ The Blueprint.
Broadly accepted as one in every of his finest albums (in addition to among the finest hip hip albums of all time, because it was added to the Library Of Congress earlier in 2019), the album is principally recognized for the breakout performances of producers Kanye West and Simply Blaze. Nevertheless, it’s additionally recognized for “The Takeover,” Jay’s scathing salvo at Nas and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. Nevertheless, the overall consensus (save for a number of stragglers) believed that Nas’ return volley “Ether” was the extra vicious diss monitor.
Properly, now you may add Jay to that checklist (as in case you already haven’t). In an oral historical past of The Blueprint by Def Jam, Lenny “Lenny S” Santiago — then-A&R at Roc-A-Fella Information — revealed that Jay accepted the L.
“I used to be listening to Scorching 97, and bro I used to be so mad, I needed to cry,” Lenny begins. “However not like unhappy, simply mad. I used to be indignant. I knew Jay is the very best, Jay’s the very best rapper, he’s the very best businessman, he’s the very best entrepreneur. In my coronary heart I felt he was the very best. ‘Ether’ was f**king unstoppable, don’t get me incorrect, however you may’t finish any individual’s profession by a music. And that was the sentiment in New York, the Tri-State space, and the radio. It was like, ‘Jay’s over, Nas reigns supreme, Nas is the king, Jay’s completed.’ I used to be livid. Two-ways have been out, and I despatched a two-way to love Jay and Biggs and a few us, and I suppose you would inform how infuriated I used to be. I used to be like, “F**ok this, f**ok the radio, f**ok Scorching 97.” I went loopy. And Jay was like, ‘Name me.’
“So I actually name him from a pay cellphone. And right here we’re, Jay’s on the cellphone with me, convincing me that this has to occur in life. We’ve got to undergo ups and downs. We’ve got take losses so as to get higher wins. We’ve got to fall so as to rise up. He simply spent 15 minutes convincing me why this was needed and that it’s alright. This man simply took a loss. A public loss to a rival rapper. And he’s convincing me, a younger A&R, and clearly his pal and his brother, of like why I should be okay with this and let it go and never take it to coronary heart. It simply taught me as a person the way to be a extra mature grownup. And to have a look at the glass as half full as an alternative of half empty. Jay took the time when he might have been egocentric, or pissed off, and took the time to highschool me. And that’s from The Blueprint.“