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Time To Build: The Making Of Jay Z’s ‘Blueprint’


*THIS TEXT ORIGINALLY APPEARS IN XXL MAGAZINE’S 2009 OCTOBER ISSUE*
It’s the album that both changed the sound of hip-hop and helped spark one of the greatest rap battles of all time. In honor of the 10th anniversary of Jay-Z’s classic, it’s the blueprint for The Blueprint.— Compiled by MATT BARONE, CARL CHERY, JACK ERWIN, KAMARIA GBORO, JOHN
KENNEDY, ROB MARKMAN, VANESSA SATTEN AND BONSU THOMPSON

THE BUILDERS’ SPOT
JAY-Z
Brooklyn rapper a.k.a. Jigga, Hova, The God MC, former president of Def Jam, founder of Roc Nation
KYAMBO “HIP HOP” JOSHUA
A&R for Roc-A-Fella, partner, with Gee Roberson, of management company Hip Hop Since 1978
LENNY “S” SANTIAGO
Former Director of A&R Roc-A-Fella
GEE ROBERSON
Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records, partner, with Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua, of management company Hip Hop Since 1978, A&R for
Roc-A-Fella (for The Blueprint)
EMINEM
Detroit rapper, producer
BINK
Virginia producer
JUST BLAZE
New Jersey producer
TONE
One half of the production duo the Trackmasters
TIMBALAND
Virginia producer
GIMEL “YOUNG GURU” KEATON
Former Roc-A-Fella engineer,
SUPA ENGINEER DURO
Former Roc-A-Fella mixing engineer
Q-TIP
Queens rapper, producer, member of rap group A Tribe Called Quest
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