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Format: CD
Sku: 211585277
UPC: 075678958663
UPC 14: 00075678958663
Release Date: 9/8/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. What We Talkin' About - (featuring Like Steele) ~ Jay-Z
2. Thank You ~ Jay-Z
3. D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) ~ Jay-Z
4. Run This Town - (featuring Kanye West/Rihanna) ~ Jay-Z
5. Empire State of Mind - (featuring Alicia Keys) ~ Jay-Z
6. Real as It Gets - (featuring Young Jeezy) ~ Jay-Z
7. On to the Next One - (featuring Swizz Beatz) ~ Jay-Z
8. Off That - (featuring Drake) ~ Jay-Z
9. Star is Born, A - (featuring J. Cole) ~ Jay-Z
10. Venus Vs. Mars ~ Jay-Z
11. Already Home - (featuring Kid Cudi) ~ Jay-Z
12. Hate - (featuring Kanye West) ~ Jay-Z
13. Reminder ~ Jay-Z
14. So Ambitious - (featuring Pharrell Williams) ~ Jay-Z
15. Young Forever - (featuring Mr. Hudson) ~ Jay-Z
 
"Jay-Z

Since 1995, Jay-Z has dominated the rap industry and set the trends for a generation. Ten summers later, Shawn ""Jay-Z"" Carter has come to personify the new ""American Dream"" for millions the world over. Named President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, in 2005, he is the founder and chairman of Rocawear, co -owner of the NJ Nets, 40/40 Sports Clubs and co-owner of skin care and beauty line Carol's Daughter. Jay-Z became the first non-athlete to enter into a major footwear co-venture with his S. Carter line for Reebok and in addition, continues his philanthropic work through his Water For Life initiative Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Over his career, the multiple award winner has sold over 40 million albums and sold out arenas the world over."

Track Listing
1. What We Talking About
2. D.O.A.
3. Weigh Me Down Feat. Kid Cudi
4. Unforgiven
5. Run This Town Feat. Rihanna & Kanye West
6. Empire State Of Mind Feat. Nas
7. When It Comes To This
8. Always Feat. Drake
9. Scenes From The Past
10. Everyday A Star Is Born Feat. Mr. Hudson
11. Already Home
12. Forever Young Feat. Mr. Hudson
13. Thank You
14. Sound Of The 70s (Bonus Track)
15. We Made History (Bonus Track)

"Blueprint is hip-hop as big business, and Jay retains his CEO throne.  Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
"The long-awaited Blueprint 3 doesn't disappoint. In fact, the album may just be the blueprint for hip-hop music to come.  Mariel Concepcion, Billboard.com

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: K. Briscoe, Luke Steele (vocals); Kevin Randolph, Jeff Bhasker (keyboards).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Chris Godbey.
Muze PNote Recording information: Avex Honolulu Studio, HI; Kingdom Studios; Lava Studios, Cleveland, OH; Midnight Blue Studios, Miami, FL; Oven Studios, New York, NY; Roc The Mic, New York, NY; South Beach Studios, Miami, FL; The Holy Chateau, Perth, Australia; Westlake Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Dan Tobin Smith.
Muze PNote When Jay-Z first made a series out of his best album, 2001's The Blueprint, it became a game of high expectations. The first volume saw Jay-Z as vital as he'd ever been, storming back to the hardcore after a few years of commercial success. THE BLUEPRINT 2 took a different tack, with guest shots to compliment his sinuous flows. 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. 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. "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). There's plenty more lyrical violence to come, but most of the targets are much safer than they were eight years earlier (i.e. opening single and smash hit "D.O.A. [Death of Auto Tune]" (railing against the oft-reviled '00s vocal-tweaking phenomenon is not quite as "politically incorrect" as Jay claims through song). Simply put, the production's big-name solid, the rhyming on poing, as Jay-Z becomes more content with his dominance as a rap godfather in 2009.

Producer: Kanye West; Swizz Beatz; Timbaland; Angela Hunte; Jeff Bhasker

Engineer: Chris Godbey; Andrew Dawson; Marcos Tovar; Miki Tsutsumi; Karl Heilbron

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Like Steele
Muze Guest Artist Kanye West
Muze Guest Artist Rihanna
Muze Guest Artist Alicia Keys
Muze Guest Artist Young Jeezy
Muze Guest Artist Swizz Beatz
Muze Guest Artist Drake
Muze Guest Artist J. Cole
Muze Guest Artist Kid Cudi
Muze Guest Artist Pharrell Williams
Muze Guest Artist Mr. Hudson

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ill Na Na (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations R. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Streets Is Watching
Muze Music Compilations Chyna Doll (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 400 Degreez (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Belly (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Ryde Or Die (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Truth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Backstage Mixtape (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Of A Dying Breed (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reason (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fix (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Philadelphia Freeway (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dangerously In Love (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations State Property Presents : the Chain Gang Vol II (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Love & Life
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations M.a.d.e. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents: hip Hop Hits Vol. 7
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Understanding (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hardcore (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Charmbracelet
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Tough Luv (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Baptism
Muze Music Compilations 534 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trill (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Instrumental Icons Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Trill (cln)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Breakthrough
Muze Music Compilations Duets:final Chapter
Muze Music Compilations Exodus(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Food & Liquor(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations B'day
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Is Dead (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Is Dead (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Because Of You
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of X:pick Of The Litter(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of X:the Pick Of The Litte
Muze Music Compilations Ti Vs Tip (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Free At Last(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Infinity On High (w/ Bonus CD)(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Trilla(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Solution(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Solution
Muze Music Compilations X2 (music Box/butterfly)
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations Here I Stand
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Way I See It
Muze Music Compilations R. In R&b Collection Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Best Of NOW That's What I Call Music - 10th Anniversary Edition
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way
Muze Music Compilations Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam 25:Dj Bring That Back 1984-20
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:experience(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Raymond Vs Raymond
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gangstas And Hustlaz
Muze Music Compilations Black And White America
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Roots
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives I Don't
Muze Music Compilations Essential Mariah Carey
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 46
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2 CD) (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 Classic Albums:no Limit Records
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mastermind
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Sade
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Xxxo:remixes(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beyonce
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:session
Muze Music Compilations Road To Revolution:live At Milton Key(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations B'day

Associated Artists and Works

A Tribute To Jay-Z ~ Artists, Various
Bleek, Memphis
Bloodfire
Cent, 50
Dre, Dr.
Jeezy, Young
Streets Is Watching [PA] ~ Original Soundtrack
Sean, Big
Tapemasters, Inc.
A Tribute to Jay-Z [Big Eye] [PA] ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/14/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7567895866
Music Label Name Label : Roc Nation
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075678958663

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.74)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Jay-Z remains a virtuoso, and BLUEPRINT 3 has the usual quotient of punch lines and casually inventive flows..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.63)
- "BLUEPRINT is hip-hop as big business, and Jay retains his CEO throne." -- Grade: B

Billboard - "With witty rhymes, pertinent collaborations and stellar productions from the likes of Timbaland and No I.D., among others the long-awaited BLUEPRINT 3 doesn't disappoint."

Clash (magazine)
- "Working with the hottest talents in Hip Hop and beyond all held in place by the hub that is Jay-Z's latent vocal talent for wordplay, phrasing and cadence."

AllMusicGuide.com 8 of 10
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 Blueprint 2: 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. - John Bush

Bio

Jay-Z

Since 1995, Jay-Z has dominated the rap industry and set the trends for a generation. Ten summers later, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has come to personify the new "American Dream" for millions the world over. Named President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, in 2005, he is the founder and chairman of Rocawear, co -owner of the NJ Nets, 40/40 Sports Clubs and co-owner of skin care and beauty line Carol's Daughter. Jay-Z became the first non-athlete to enter into a major footwear co-venture with his S. Carter line for Reebok and in addition, continues his philanthropic work through his Water For Life initiative Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Over his career, the multiple award winner has sold over 40 million albums and sold out arenas the world over.

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