"Jay Z is probably the best rapper of all time, arguably, and I really look up to him, so I felt like with The Pinkprint I wanted to make a masterpiece album that would live on and I think that just how Jay Z's Blueprint will always be referenced in hip-hop, I know The Pinkprint will always be referenced because I spent a lot of time on it. With the other albums I spent about three months, this one I spent a year perfecting it." Rapper Nicki Minaj was inspired by Jay Z's classic album The Blueprint while writing her new record.