Blueprint 3(Explicit Version) CD (2009)

Artist: Jay-Z

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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)

Specifications

Label Atlantic/q Records
SKU 211585277
UPC 075678958663
UPC 14 00075678958663
Format CD
Release Date 9/8/2009
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Author Jay-Z
Compilation Appearance Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ill Na Na (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance R. (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Streets Is Watching
Compilation Appearance Hardcore (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 400 Degreez (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Belly (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Ryde Or Die (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Truth (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Of A Dying Breed (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reason (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fix (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Charmbracelet
Compilation Appearance Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Philadelphia Freeway (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance State Property Presents : the Chain Gang Vol II (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Tough Luv (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Miss E...So Addictive (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Understanding (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance College Dropout (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Baptism
Compilation Appearance Trill (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Compilation Appearance Late Registration
Compilation Appearance Late Registration (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Instrumental Icons Vol 3
Compilation Appearance Breakthrough
Compilation Appearance Exodus(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hip Hop Is Dead (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hip Hop Is Dead (Cln)
Compilation Appearance From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Definition Of X:pick Of The Litter(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Definition Of X:the Pick Of The Litte
Compilation Appearance Ti Vs Tip (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Free At Last(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Infinity On High (w/ Bonus CD)(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Solution(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Compilation Appearance Total Club Hits
Compilation Appearance R. In R&b Collection Vol. 1
Compilation Appearance Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Way I See It
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii
Compilation Appearance Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Road To Revolution:live At Milton Key(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Food & Liquor(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy:experience(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Teflon Don
Compilation Appearance Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Port Of Miami (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Port Of Miami (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Tm 103
Compilation Appearance Tbd
Compilation Appearance My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Compilation Appearance My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Because Of You
Compilation Appearance Trilla(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [Deluxe] (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [edited]
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Compilation Appearance Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Compilation Appearance Best Of The Roots
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance Essential Mariah Carey
Compilation Appearance 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance X2 (music Box/butterfly)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 5 Classic Albums:no Limit Records
Compilation Appearance 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce 2013 (Clean)
Compilation Appearance MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mastermind
Compilation Appearance MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Seen It All
Compilation Appearance Seen It All
Compilation Appearance SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance SEEN IT ALL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Hood Billionaire
Compilation Appearance HOOD BILLIONAIRE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Clean)
Compilation Appearance 2015 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance ICON:FOXY BROWN(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dangerously In Love
Compilation Appearance COLE WORLD:SIDELINE STORY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Let?s Get It:thug Motivation 101
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iii
Compilation Appearance Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Compilation Appearance Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Compilation Appearance Sex Therapy:session
Compilation Appearance Raymond Vs Raymond
Compilation Appearance Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Compilation Appearance Solution
Compilation Appearance Now 46
Compilation Appearance Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2 CD) (Edited Version)
Compilation Appearance Essential Sade
Compilation Appearance 1 To Infinity
Associated Artist/Work Bleek, Memphis
Associated Artist/Work Bloodfire
Associated Artist/Work Cent, 50
Associated Artist/Work Dre, Dr.
Associated Artist/Work Jeezy, Young
Associated Artist/Work Killah, Ghostface
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Godbey; Andrew Dawson; Marcos Tovar; Miki Tsutsumi; Karl Heilbron
Producer Kanye West; Swizz Beatz; Timbaland; Angela Hunte; Jeff Bhasker
CatalogID 7567895866
Lable Name Roc Nation
Released 09/08/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 47s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075678958663
Musical Guests
Like Steele
Kanye West
Rihanna
Alicia Keys
Young Jeezy
Swizz Beatz
Drake
J. Cole
Kid Cudi
Pharrell Williams
Mr. Hudson
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: K. Briscoe, Luke Steele (vocals); Kevin Randolph, Jeff Bhasker (keyboards).
Audio Mixer: Chris Godbey.
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.
Photographer: Dan Tobin Smith.
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.
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."
Artist Bio
Jay-ZSince 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.
Disc 1
1 What We Talkin' About - (featuring Like Steele)
2 Thank You
3 D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
4 Run This Town - (featuring Kanye West/Rihanna)
5 Empire State of Mind - (featuring Alicia Keys)
6 Real as It Gets - (featuring Young Jeezy)
7 On to the Next One - (featuring Swizz Beatz)
8 Off That - (featuring Drake)
9 Star is Born, A - (featuring J. Cole)
10 Venus Vs. Mars
11 Already Home - (featuring Kid Cudi)
12 Hate - (featuring Kanye West)
13 Reminder
14 So Ambitious - (featuring Pharrell Williams)
15 Young Forever - (featuring Mr. Hudson)
Reviews
ReviewSource AllMusicGuide.com
Review 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.
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Reviewer John Bush
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist Jay-Z
Music Format Compact Disc
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Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly Blueprint is hip-hop as big business, and Jay retains his CEO throne.
Mariel Concepcion, Billboard.com The long-awaited Blueprint 3 doesn't disappoint. In fact, the album may just be the blueprint for hip-hop music to come.

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