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The album was released in 2001 (on 9/11, as a matter of fact).

(Recordings need only be 10 years old to be voted into the National Recording Registry. By contrast, recordings must be 25 years old to be considered for the Grammy Hall of Fame.)

The Blueprint is just the 10th hip-hop recording to be voted into the National Recording Registry. Here’s a complete list. Read more by clicking here: National Recording Registry