The Blueprint 3

The Blueprint 3

by Jay-Z


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When Jay-Z first made a series out of his best album, 2001's The Blueprint, it became a game of high expectations. The Blueprint of the first volume was Jay-Z as vital as he'd ever been, storming back to the hardcore after a few years of commercial success. The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse was a complete turn, a set of half-cocked crossovers, bloated to bursting with guest features that obscured his talents. The Blueprint 3 is somewhere between the two, closer to the vitality and energy of the original but not without the crossover bids and guest features of the latter (albeit much better this time). Kanye West is in the producer's chair for seven tracks, and it's clear he was reaching for the same energy level as the original Blueprint (which he produced). "What We Talkin' About" begins the album with a wave of surging, oppressive synth, while Jay-Z enumerates (with an intriguing lack of detail) what he's said and what's been said about him, ending with a nod not to the past but the future (and Barack Obama). West also produced the second, "Thank You," and while it starts with typical Jay-Hova brio, the last verse piles on the unrelenting criticism of unnamed rappers doomed to weak sales. There's plenty more lyrical violence to come, but most of the targets are much safer than they were eight years earlier. (Jay doesn't sound very convincing when he claims in "D.O.A. [Death of Auto-Tune]" that it's not "politically correct" to rail against one of the most reviled trends in pop music during the 2000s.) From there, he branches out with a calculating type of finesse, drawing in certain demographics via a roster of guests, from Young Jeezy (hardcore) to Drake (teens) to Kid Cudi (the backpacker crowd). The king of the crossovers here is "Empire State of Mind," a New York flag-waver with plenty of landmark name-dropping that turns into a great anthem with help on the chorus from Alicia Keys. The Blueprint 3 isn't a one-man tour de force like the first. Jay is upstaged once or twice by his guests, and while the productions are stellar throughout -- Timbaland appears three times, and No I.D. gets multiple credits also -- it's clear there's less on Jay's mind this time. Not tuned out like on Kingdom Come, but more content with his dominance as a rap godfather in 2009.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2009
Label: Roc Nation
UPC: 0075678958663
catalogNumber: 520856
Rank: 20937

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay-Z   Primary Artist
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards
Luke Steele   Vocals
Jeff Bhasker   Keyboards
K. Briscoe   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bert Keyes   Composer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
Marcos Valle   Composer
P. Williams   Composer
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Composer,Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Karl Heilbron   Engineer
Chris Godbey   Engineer
Shawn Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Janet Sewell   Composer
Ann Mincieli   Vocal Recording,Keyboard Engineer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Kanye West   Producer,Executive Producer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineer
Alicia Keys   Composer
Luke Steele   Vocal Recording
Angela Hunte   Composer,Producer
Hart Gunther   Assistant Arranger
Miki Tsutsumi   Engineer
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Producer
Marcos Tovar   Engineer
Jason Wilkie   Assistant Arranger
Johnny Mollings   Composer
Scott Mescudi   Composer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham   Composer
N. Briscoe   Composer
L. Elliott   Composer
L. Mollings   Composer
Inkredibles   Producer
M. Valle   Composer
M. Carpenter   Composer
A. Goodman   Composer
M. Jordan   Composer
E. Wilson   Composer
F. Mertens   Composer
J. Jenkins   Composer
Shuckburgh   Composer
Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton   Engineer

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The Blueprint 3 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
ElTigreChino More than 1 year ago
This album is really good. One of Jay Z's finest works. I like the tracks Young Forever feat. Mr. Hudson, which is settled down and slow, and Mr. Hudson provides a great hook. Run This Town featuring Kanye West and Rihanna is also a great track, and of course, there is the mega hit Empire State of Mind which is just, well, you probably know it. Or at least heard it. great album.
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DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this album rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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DELAN More than 1 year ago
JAY-Z is Back.. It toke about 7 years to finally continue the Blueprint volume's but i think it was worth the wait, my top 3 favorite tracks would have to be tracks 8, 10, and 14. Timbaland comes with the heat on his production of "Off That" (track 8) and "Venus vs. Mars" (track 10). Pharrell as always lent his cool vocals and production on "So Ambitious" (track 14). There are many other guest artist on this cd which i think makes it a must have..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although it was much better than his last album I was quite disappointed. I read the previous review and decided to give it a shot. Not so much. Save your money and just download the two songs that are any good. Or just turn on your radio cause they play the two songs over and over. If you want a good jay z album go buy the original blueprint but you probably already have it.
caufield_of_hiphop More than 1 year ago
It's not quite as good as some of his previous classics but this album is definitely worth the purchase. Jay brings back the swagger and unapologetic lyrics that some of his previous albums must-haves. Certainly tracks 4 and 5 have been played to death on the radio, but there are plenty of other hidden gems waiting later. Swizz Beatz brings his trademark sound to "On To The Next One" and it works well with Jay's lyrical style and "Venus vs. Mars" is just a hot, sexy song. Jay brings it home and rounds out the album with one of the crossover songs he's done so many times before in the form of "Young Forever" and I think this one works out much better than some of his previous attempts. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase, I don't like every song on the album but how often does that happen? Quite alot with Jay-Z albums but maybe that's why I'm willing to cut him some slack...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jay-z probably should have stayed retired I mean if he is not going to surpass his blueprint or black album and just barely out shine kingdom come which was abysmal why do it? Well cause he is Jay-z his flow is here his lyrics are right but I dont know something is missing.
lillysoclean_65 More than 1 year ago
The blueprint 3 should have a subtitle "how to mess up a good thing" we all jknow blueprint 2 or 2.5 or 3.1 speacial edition with turbo "whatever'lol'" was a mess. this time around Kanye as producer tries to capture the magic jay left behind. The black album could have been at leasta goal of jays to surpass but he isnt even close. The problem with the album is that it doesnt mend well together. Dont get me wrong what Kanye lacks as an emcee he makes up in the studio as a producer. The tracks are solid but theres so much on it cameos and hooks that seem hmm. And allot of times Jay is out performed by the guest on his own tarcks. It was okay for Eminem to out duel him on renegade becasue he is a btter lyricist then jay, and basically provided the highlight of the blueprint 2 fiasco. I do recommend this to any jay fan and even if you arent one you should bop yourhead to this. I would of appreciated a more personal return for jay highlighting his skill,flow etc but I guess as long as blueprint 2 isnt repeated we can breath eazy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual Jay Z can't make an album without guest spots but this time can't even complete a song without one. Beats are more commercial than ever, lyrics are the usual "i am the best" with absolutely no substance. Those touting Jay Z as the Best Rapper Alive are obviously going by record sales and their blind admiration instead of talent.
steph921 More than 1 year ago
by far one of my fav jay-z albums. BP3 takes you back to jay-z basics and it is simply awesome.
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