But I don't fully understand that Jay-Z needed features argument. The Best of Both Worlds was horrible, so we agree there. Blueprint II did have a lot of features, but Jay-Z had 3 very well recieved follow up albums. None of those had anywhere near the amount of features as the Blueprint II had. So I don't understand how you can isolate one solo album from the rest of his work and call it a gimmick.
As for The Blueprint, I know many people had a problem with the name of the album, but is that a legitimate reason to discredit it? Eminem was also the only feature on that CD, so that don't see where he needed other artists to shadow his decline. Takeover and Ether is a totally different argument, but I love them both.
Nas also had quite a few features on a few of his albums. But my point was that Nas has been inconsistent throughout his career. He had Illmatic and followed it up with two very good albums with It Was Written and I Am... , but then came Nastradamus. That's where the inconsistency starts. He rebounds with Stillmatic and had a chance to take back the crown of the east coast with God's Son. It was a solid album, but did it meet expectations? No. Inconsistent. Street's Disciple was solid. But then comes a wave of shaky and lackluster work with Hip Hop Is Dead, Untitled album, and most recently Life Is Good.
I just don't see how that lineup of work is more consistent than Jay-Z's..