10 Things You Didn't Know About Jay-Z's "The Blueprint"

The Cover is Inspired by a British Photographer

The Blueprint's album art was shot by legendary photographer Jonathan Mannion (who's shot most of Jay-Z’s album covers), but it was inspired by a British photographer named Jocelyn Bain Hogg.

The image is from Hogg’s 2001 collection "The Firm,” which was created after Hogg spent 10 years following British gangsters in South London.

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