New Jay-Z strengthens hip-hop’s foundations

It must be a state of emergency in hip-hop. Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, has released another post-“retirement” album on his own label, Roc Nation. From his hometown of New York City all the way to the UA (where he visited in April of this year), The Blueprint 3 aims to claim the top of the charts. And if you didn’t know — well, he tells you.
Much of The Blueprint 3 builds upon that theme: Jay-Z is great; he’s so cocky, he’s humble. And he talks like that because he can back it up.
On “Venus vs. Mars,” he compares both sexes on an ominous bass line and says: “Me, I’m from the apple, which means I’m a Mac. She’s a PC, she lives in my lap.” Detractors telling Jay-Z to go away are told on “Already Home” featuring Kid Cudi that “I’m already gone, I’m on space shuttle level.” On the humorous “Hate,” featuring his protégé Kanye West, a sketch of Jay-Z comedy is revealed: “We ballin’, b*^%$#@, eating y’all food, leaving dishes.”

Notice how many featuring artists and newcomers Jay-Z has? Despite talk of him being great, he allows for others to be great with him. He shares. Jay-Z shouts out many top-selling hip hop stars on “A Star Is Born,” featuring J. Cole. He cares. He cautions Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh to move beyond the slavery era, on “Off That” featuring Drake, as well as motivating people to move beyond outdated styles. He prepares. On “Young Forever,” featuring Mr. Hudson, he alludes to leaving behind a long and relevant legacy.
The Blueprint 3 is engineered for pressing the repeat button and makes for a worthwhile stash in any hip-hop music collection. Who wants bad hip-hop music anymore? We’re “off that.”

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