Pinkprint-Blueprint

"[Jay Z] did such a great job of creating this Blueprint brand for male rappers and I wanted to do that [for] female rappers to be able to pattern themselves with what I've done one day," said Nicki about her new album The Pinkprint. With the release of Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint 13 years after Jay Z released The Blueprint, it's only right to compare the two projects. As Jay Z did with his sixth studio album, the Young Money spitter is now too trying to lay out the groundwork for those to come.

Even though the names of the efforts are similar, by contrast the two projects are drastically different. But this was all part of the plan, as Nicki later expressed that although Jay inspired her project, his actual body of work did not. One difference is Hov helped secure Kanye's spot as a top producer in the game with The Blueprint while Minaj calls on a host of more established producers for her project, with Uncle Luke having major impact. Another is that Jay's album, mostly due to the current timing, has received a host of accolades while Nicki's effort is up for one Grammy and broke Vevo's record for the most views in 24 hours (for "Anaconda").

Aside from that, there are many things to compare and contrast about the similarly titled projects. From the release to the production and the accolades, see how The Pinkprint and The Blueprint came out.

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Release

On what may have been the worst timing ever, The Blueprint dropped on 9/11. Although the tragedy couldn't have been predicted, Jay's opening week sales slightly suffered the consequences. The album sold over 420,000 copies in it's first week, becoming his fourth consecutive LP to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. These days, Jigga has 12 No. 1 albums that have appeared on Billboard's chart.

The Blueprint garnered praise from all sides of the hip-hop community and received recognition from outsiders in awe of the soulful samples instilled in the effort. The album received a rarely-awarded perfect XXL rating from this magazine.

To date, The Blueprint is certified platinum and has sold over 2.7 million copies to date.

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Release

After being pushed back several times, The Pinkprint was released yesterday (Dec. 15). As Nicki's 3rd studio LP, the rapstress was attempting to lay the blueprint for female rappers with the release, as Jay Z had done 13 years prior. "[Jay Z] did such a great job of creating this Blueprint brand for male rappers and I wanted to do that [for] female rappers to be able to pattern themselves with what I've done one day," Nicki teased in preparation of unveiling the project.

In the midst of releasing the LP, Nicki stripped herself of her signature vibrant wardrobe and colorful hair to begin sporting what she deemed a natural look. With the effort, Nicki is attempting to go back to her hip-hop roots and get reacquainted with her core fan base of street lyricists.

So far, the album has received a generally positive response and is expected to be one of the top selling albums of 2014.

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Production

Jay Z's 6th studio album also serves as the breakout project for Kanye West as a major producer. The LP's production was mainly handled by a buzzing young Yeezy, as well as Timbaland, Eminem and Jay's frequent collaborator, Just Blaze. 'Ye produced four out of the 13 tracks on the album including "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)," "Takeover," "Never Change" and "Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)." While Eminem produced "Renegade," Just Blaze crafted "Girls, Girls, Girls" and Timbaland gifted "Hola Hovito."

The Blueprint is also what many consider 1970s-driven, as it includes samples from Al Green, David Ruffin and The Jackson 5. The majority of the album is vintage soul with the exception of a few tracks including Eminem's "Renegade."

The project was reportedly cut in a matter of a few weeks with Jay penning the lyrics for multiple records in 48 hours. At the time, the then Roc-A-Fella CEO was in the midst of awaiting trial for gun possession and assault. During the period, Jay Z was also in the midst of brewing beefs with Nas, Prodigy and Jadakiss.

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Production

Nicki calls on a host of producers for her latest release, from Boi-1da, Metro Boomin and Polow Da Don to Mike WiLL Made It, Hit Boy and Yung Berg. However, even though a host of orchestrators appear on the project, it's Dr. Luke and Cirkut who have the heaviest presence, as the masters behind five of the 16 tracks on the album.

"Pills N Potions," "The Night Is Still Young," "Trini Dem Girls," "ONLY" and "Get On Your Knees" are all tracks helmed at the hands of Dr. Luke and Cirkut. As the producers behind two of the four singles released in preparation for the album, "Pills N Potions" and "Only," the two had the most impact production-wise on the direction of the project.

Yung Berg, Hit-Boy and Polow Da Don also have a heavy influence on the project, crafting some of the LP's most prominent records. Berg produced "Want Some More," while Hit-Boy assisted with the Beyonce-featuring cut "Feeling Myself" and Polow worked on "Anaconda."

Minaj is said to have begun recording the project in early 2013 prior to filming her first feature film The Other Woman.

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Accolades

As what many would deem this one of Jay Z's best albums, over the years The Blueprint has been elevated among the greatest of all time. Aside from nabbing the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 upon its release, the album garnered a host of Grammy nominations among other awards.

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Accolades

Although just released, The Pinkprint, has already received a host of accolades. From breaking Vevo viewership records and already grabbing a Grammy nomination for "Anaconda," the future for The Pinkprint beams ultra bright.

In August of 2014, Nicki unleashed the butt-tatsic "Anaconda" video, and the explicit visual racked up 19.6 million views in 24 hours. The video replaced Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" video, which previously held the Vevo record with 10.7 million clicks in its first 24 hours.

In December of 2014, a week prior to the album's release, Nicki was awarded the project's first Grammy nomination with "Anaconda" up for Best Rap Song.

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