Jay Z’s 2013: A Gift & A Curse

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    Album: <em>The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse</em><br />Artist: Jay-Z<br />Release Date: November 12, 2002
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    In August 2013, he reunited with long lost business partner and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, Dame Dash.
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    In July 2013, he released his 12th studio album, hitting platinum in the first week.
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    In September 2013, he was forced to share his stake in the Brooklyn Nets as a result of starting up Roc Nation Sports.
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    In March 2013, he surprisingly hopped on Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," spawning one of the hottest records of the year.
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    In September 2013, also as a result of launching Roc Nation Sports Jay Z had to sell off his share of Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
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    In the midst of releasing his Barney's holiday collection, a racial controversy with the mega store sparked up. It got so strenuous that fans even petitioned that the mogul cut ties with the franchise.
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    Gifting Robinson Cano with a similar watch, officials are now investigating Jay Z with belief that the 33,000 watch assisted in persuading the ball player to sign with Roc Nation Sports.
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    This holiday season the rapper will be launching his first ever fragrance line, adding another notch on his incomparable roster.

With today marking the 11th anniversary of Jay Z’s seventh studio album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, it’s only right to reflect and respect. Hints the title, Jay Z has also had a bit of a mixed year in 2013 making it both a gift and a curse for him. Putting together a list of Jay’s triumphs and tribulations over the past year, XXL presents “Jay Z’s 2013: A Gift & A Curse.”