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Today in Hip-Hop: Jay Z Drops ‘The Blueprint’ Album

Arguably Jay Z's finest hour.

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Comparing Rick Ross, Kanye West And Jay Z By Their 6th Albums

If an MC has made it to his sixth studio album, that alone shows off the magnitude and longevity of their career. With many veterans reaching this mark after decades of dedication to the game, there are a few that have accomplished this standing in a much shorter time frame...

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There are few producers in the game as decorated as Virginia-born studio whiz Bink! Breaking into the game in the mid-to-late-1990s, Bink Dawg cut his teeth getting early placements with Blackstreet and working with the likes of Kurupt, U-God, Lil Cease and A+ as the decade wound to a close. But his early hustle caught the eye of the Roc-A-Fella head honchos, and the new millennium brought with it a slew of opportunities with the R-O-C—working on Jay Z's Roc La Familia: The Dynasty and Beanie Sigel's The Truth—as well as with high-profile spitters like Prodigy and Mystikal.

But it was his work on Jay Z's The Blueprint that really pushed his star to a higher level; Bink! bookended the album with opener "The Ruler's Back" and album closer "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)" as well as contributing "All I Need" right smack in the middle. From 2001 onward, his list of credits reads like a laundry list of legends and hitmakers—Fat Joe, Aaliyah, Diddy, Nate Dogg, Eve, Xzibit, Rick Ross, GZA, LL Cool J, Cassidy, Method Man and Redman, Kanye West, J. Cole, Game, Drake—the list goes on and on, and all along Bink! kept knocking out bangers.

Along the way, he picked up a hell of a story collection, from meeting Rick Ross while the Bawse was an unknown ghostwriter for Trina to personally delivering beats to Prodigy while P was in the hospital. "Prodigy was in the hospital; he goes back and forth [with the sickle cell anemia], and he was sick at the time," Bink! said during a recent phone conversation with XXL. "So I drove to Queens, saw him at the hospital and gave him some music. It was dope—I was just honored to do that, to go that far to make sure he got the music."

But Bink! hasn't slowed down of late. He's the man behind the boards on Rick Ross' "Mafia Music III" off Rozay's sixth album Mastermind, and he's got a crew of producers following in his footsteps under his Humble Monster umbrella. With Ross' Mastermind set to debut at the top of the charts next week, XXL spoke to Bink! about some of his most memorable moments in the studio over the years, from crafting hits with Xzibit to learning his trade with A+ to why working on The Blueprint was unquestionably his favorite work of his career. —Dan Rys (@danrys)
There are few producers in the game as decorated as Virginia-born studio whiz Bink! Breaking into the game in the mid-to-late-1990s, Bink Dawg cut his teeth getting early placements with Blackstreet and working with the likes of Kurupt, U-God, Lil Cease and A+ as the decade wound to a close. But his early hustle caught the eye of the Roc-A-Fella head honchos, and the new millennium brought with it a slew of opportunities with the R-O-C—working on Jay Z's Roc La Familia: The Dynasty and Beanie Sigel's The Truth—as well as with high-profile spitters like Prodigy and Mystikal.

But it was his work on Jay Z's The Blueprint that really pushed his star to a higher level; Bink! bookended the album with opener "The Ruler's Back" and album closer "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)" as well as contributing "All I Need" right smack in the middle. From 2001 onward, his list of credits reads like a laundry list of legends and hitmakers—Fat Joe, Aaliyah, Diddy, Nate Dogg, Eve, Xzibit, Rick Ross, GZA, LL Cool J, Cassidy, Method Man and Redman, Kanye West, J. Cole, Game, Drake—the list goes on and on, and all along Bink! kept knocking out bangers.

Along the way, he picked up a hell of a story collection, from meeting Rick Ross while the Bawse was an unknown ghostwriter for Trina to personally delivering beats to Prodigy while P was in the hospital. "Prodigy was in the hospital; he goes back and forth [with the sickle cell anemia], and he was sick at the time," Bink! said during a recent phone conversation with XXL. "So I drove to Queens, saw him at the hospital and gave him some music. It was dope—I was just honored to do that, to go that far to make sure he got the music."

But Bink! hasn't slowed down of late. He's the man behind the boards on Rick Ross' "Mafia Music III" off Rozay's sixth album Mastermindand he's got a crew of producers following in his footsteps under his Humble Monster umbrella. With Ross' Mastermind set to debut at the top of the charts next week, XXL spoke to Bink! about some of his most memorable moments in the studio over the years, from crafting hits with Xzibit to learning his trade with A+ to why working on The Blueprint was unquestionably his favorite work of his career. —Dan Rys (@danrys)
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Veteran Producer Bink! On Working With Jay Z, Rick Ross

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Analyzing Jay Z’s First Eight Platinum Solo Albums

Last week, we broke down the first decade of Kanye West’s career, which featured Yeezy's development during his run of six platinum solo albums in ten years, an accomplishment only matched by Jay Z, Snoop Dogg and Nas...

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44 Of The Best Jay Z Songs

Today marks the 44th birthday of one of Brooklyn's Finest, Jay Z, the hustler-turned-rapper from the Marcy Projects who grew out of the shadows of Jaz-O, Big Daddy Kane and The Notorious B...

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

XXL revisits the making of Jay-Z's timeless The Blueprint LP 11 years later...

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Jay-Z & Beyoncé’s Baby Name, Blue Ivy Carter, Decoded

Jay-Z and Beyoncé's newborn baby Blue has an interesting and clever name with a lot of meaning. XXL goes behind the most talked about moniker in hip-hop...

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Jay-Z Re-Releases His Blueprint Album on Vinyl [Photo]

To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of his classic album, The Blueprint, Jay-Z has a limited edition of the record on sale now...

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Jay-Z’s “Heart of the City” Appears in New Chrysler Commercial [Video]

Chrysler continues to deliver a hip-hop friendly ad campaign...

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Killer Mike Reflects on Jay-Z’s Real Blueprint

Killer Mike talks to XXLMag.com about Jay-Z's influence over the game...

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