The highly awaited return of Hova… As always, this is a big deal in the music industry. Jay-z is the rap industry standard. He has several classic albums in his catalogue and almost every rapper around today has been influenced by Jay. (Although not all will admit it!) His last studio album “American Gangster” was, in my eyes, a classic and probably one of the best rap albums in the last five years. A perfect send off for my beloved “dope boy” music.
This album is different… “The Blueprint 3” was supposed to be a return to form from “The Blueprint” of old (Hence the name). Jay fell short of this almost impossible task. On the intro “What we talking bout” Jay does his thing delivering witty real life motivated rhymes over smooth dreamy production from Kanye West & No I.D. On this track Jay touches on his Credits, other rappers, and disgruntle fans. This is something Jay does often and very well.
“I ain’t talking bout profit
I’m talking bout pain
Talking bout despair
I’m talking bout shame
… talking bout gossip
I ain’t talking bout Game
I ain’t talking bout Jimmy
I ain’t talking bout Dame
I’m talking bout real shit
Them people playing
What is you talking bout?
I don’t know what ya’ll saying
People keep talking bout Hov take it back
I doing better than before
Why would I do that?”
This track is one of my favorites on the album. Jay really goes in with those thoughtful game changing raps you love him for. Next is “Thank You” also by Kanye West & No I.D. The track is more lively but still dreamy and is driven by a brass ensemble. Jay has a playful fake modestly flow on this track… ok track.
“Please don’t bow in my presence
How am I a legend?
I just got 10 number one albums
Maybe now eleven”
The next two tracks are singles “D.O.A.” and “Run This Town” ft Kanye West and Rihanna. These are two of the better tracks on the album. Then “Empire State of Mind” ft Alicia Keys which was produced by Al Shux. This is a soulful New York tribute with Miss Keys on the hook over smart production. These three songs kinda actually take you to the blueprint era in a strange way.
“As Real as It Gets” ft Young Jeezy is up next. This track produced by The Incredibles and is a sound everyone wants…apparently. This is another dope boy celebration song from the duo. (Think “Dope Boyz Go Crazy”) Jeezy contributes a verse and this hook.
“Now put ya sets in the air
If you represent ya click
Money in the air
If you ever hit a lick
Hands in the air
If you know that you that bitch
You say you looking for the real?
Well this as real as it gets”
“On to the Next One” produced by Swizz Beatz is a classic Jay/Swizz combo as it comes off well. But the next track “Off That” ft Drake produced by Timberland is another of the better tracks on the album, but Drake only gets to do the hook The track , of course, is bouncy and kinda futuristic I heard this track first on the Bill O’reilly show. (LOL) Jay dissed big chains, rims, oversized clothes, Tims, Bill O’reilly, and Rush Limbaugh in the same song….dope song. I love it when rappers beef with none rappers!
“This ain’t black versus white my nigga
We off that
Please tell Bill O’reilly to fall back
Tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my balls
Is 2000 and 10 not 1864”
“A Star is Born” ft J. Cole, produced by Kanye West & No I.D. is a corny tribute song to rap superstars….but J. Cole KILLS THIS SHIT! I will not quote this verse. Just listen to it. He could be one of raps new stars. Anyway, “Venus vs. Mars” and “Reminder” produced by Timberland are not really note worthy songs and to be honest after listening to them the whole way through a few times… I couldn’t bring myself to do it again.
“Already Home” ft Kid Cudi (Only on the Hook) produced by Kanye West hit the mark and reminds me of the original blueprint. He throws jabs at a few un-named rappers (Jones, Game, etc.). Pretty dope song.
“Hate” ft and produced by Kanye West is another gem on BP3. There is no hook on this song and Kanye’s production kinda sounds like some Timberland stuff. Jay plays with a Kanye style over enunciation flow and Kanye even spits a bit.
Eatin yall food leavin dishes
Why these niggas always talking leer talk Ye?
And why I never see em at the clearport Ye?”
On “So Ambitious” Jay goes in and smoothes out another dope track over a laid back Neptunes track.(Dem drum rolls are hot!) He gets a good hook courtesy of Pharrell and does the introspective Jay thing. It comes off well. The second verse was sick.
“Had to lace up my boots even harder
Father is far away to Father
Further more… all the
Kids either smoke refer
Or either move white’s
There’s few writers
In my cipher
So they made light of
Dream seem dumb
They said wise up
How many guys’a
You see making it from here?
I world don’t like us
Is that not clear?”
“Young Forever” ft Mr. Hudson produced by Kanye West sucks! All do respect to Kanye, who does a very nice track. Jay’s flow sounds lame and dated on this one. This is one of the cheesiest songs on BP3.
So what you got here is some hot songs and some lame songs just like most of the albums out right now. After bumping it for a few days straight upon getting it…I stopped played it, with the exception a couple of songs. Probably a 7 out of 10, The generosity is due to Jay-z’s ability to rap his ass off! Compared to other Jay-z albums Blueprint 3 is not a good when placed against an album such as “Kingdom Come”.