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The Blueprint 3 [Explicit]

September 11, 2009 | Format: MP3

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Release Date: September 11, 2009
  • Label: Roc Nation
  • Copyright: 2009 Shawn Carter. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. A Warner Music Group Com
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  • Total Length: 1:00:44
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B002OGU4W2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 251 customer reviews

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By Embahra Maat on September 14, 2009
No one can stress enough the fact that Jay-Z is no longer the same man who hit the streets with Reasonable Doubt. If you are looking for that from Jay then you need to ask yourself two questions. 1. Why would you think he hasn't grown up? 2. Why haven't you?

Back in 1995 he was creating his music from his perspective in Marcy Projects, from the perspective of a hustler and man of the streets. He has since had 10 #1 albums and has become CEO of Def Jam, co-owner of the Nets, co-owner of the 40/40 club franchise, and husband to Beyonce Knowles. The man is a media mogul and multi-millionaire. He has friends like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. He has aged fourteen years. He has appeared on various Forbes lists. There is no way he can have the same perspective or outlook on life as he did in 1995 and his music reflects that.

If you can appreciate mature hip-hop with quality beats, a sophisticated sound, and inventive lyrics, then you need this album in your life. I sincerely appreciate this album because I love the depth and growth that this man is showing. At the end of the day he is the greatest rapper alive and nothing can take that away from him so it makes sense for him to be a trailblazer and take the game to greater heights. No one but him can do it and he does it well. I applaud him for that.

What Jay-Z is doing right now reminds me of Beyonce's I Am... album, which many people also criticized, and while I am no fan of B I had to admit that she showed tremendous growth and range with the ballad side of the release. Musicians have to take risks in order to advance the art which means so much to them. And, at the end of the day, they are people who have to grow up. Jay-Z is an adult. His rhymes are adult, his collaborations are adult, his beats are adult, his track selection is adult. And I love it.
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I think this collection will open up Jay-Z to additional audiences. I've seen the other reviews here saying it's not really Hip Hop. Well, Hip Hop should be about progression of expression. Why should he continue to rap about the streets? There's more to life than running the streets, hustling in the streets, etc... His life has evolved and naturally his lyrics should reflect that. The true sell outs are 1) those making all this money for the record companies and still being involved in illicit activities 2)those making all this money and perpetuating a stereotype they do not even live (if they ever have). You can apply a "street" mentality no matter where your life takes you. If "street" equals keeping it real, hustling for a cause and keeping it harcore, then Jay-Z is all of that and more. His tastes have become more refined and discretionary. Last time I checked Street Life is not the American Dream.
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Just like Hollywood, many record labels and artists will avoid new releases in the same week as a guaranteed top seller, but even The Beatles weren't enough to scare away Jay-Z. As the title suggests, The Blueprint 3 is the third offering of a series that began in 2001. This is not the first time Jay-Z has linked numerous albums into a series either. His second, third, and fourth albums released between 1997 and 1999 were also all considered volumes of one work.

The first part of The Blueprint series, released September 11, 2001 is easily one of Jay-Z's best works. He sounded confident and still at the top of his game after releasing huge hits like "Big Pimpin" at the very end of the 20th century. In The Blueprint 3 it is obvious that as a New Yorker, the release date of his first offering in the series still weighs on his mind. References to 9/11 add a new level to Jay-Z's Blueprint which originally spent more time setting himself apart from his competition in the rap community than it did in politics. Obama's rise to President is another topic that seems to have inspired Jay-Z's new approach to this album

Unlike the original Blueprint, part two involved a great deal of collaborations with other names in the genre and those collaborations continue into The Blueprint 3 with the likes of Alicia Keys and Kanye West to name a couple. Unlike part two, however, the collaborations in this album seem to be carefully executed with more attention paid to Jay-Z himself. The Blueprint 3 is not one of Jay-Z's best, but it does bridge the gap of differences between parts one and two while offering a taste of what is still to come from one of rap's most successful artists. Will his track "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" ring true in the ears of other artists in the rap community? One can only hope.

Similar Artists: Nas, Mobb Deep

Track Suggestion: Empire State of Mind
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I kept hearing a beat in my head. I couldn't identify it. I took to Facebook where I tried in vain to describe it, calling on friends to try to help me identify it. While that cry for help led me to discover "Bandz A Make Her Dance" by Juicy J, the mystery song was never revealed. I knew I had to live with the empty feeling of frustration that comes from having "Not quite tip of the tongue syndrome," because I would never think of it. I probably combined several songs in my head heard in various drunken hazes anyway. My beat probably didn't even exist.

Many moons later I was laying on the beach. I was at the zenith of sand coated, sweaty, sunbathed bliss. And then -- a car drove by. A car drove by with its windows down and for those two seconds it took to pass me by, I heard the beat coming out of its windows. I jumped up off my towel. I don't remember if my top was tied in place. "That's the song! That's the song I couldn't think of! Listen!" I knew my only chance lied in my husband being able to identify the tune in the two-point-two milliseconds remaining before the sound waves disappeared like sea foam.

"That's Jay-Z."

Spoiler: It was "On to the Next One".

SOMEBODY BRING ME BACK SOME MONEY PLEASE!

{Incidentally, while the whole album is great. "Young Forever" is GRRRREEEEATTTTT. I played it over and over and wept when my dog passed away. I slow danced to it at my wedding. I play songs from this album on every juke box in every bar that has one. It's laughable that a girl in Edgewater, FL is even giving Jay-Z a 5-star review. Like he needs me to convince people to listen! Ha!}
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