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Blueprint 3 (2009)

Artist: Jay-Z
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Format: CD
Sku: 211900902
UPC: 075678957734
UPC 14: 00075678957734
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
 

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 Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Backstage Mixtape (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Of A Dying Breed (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Understanding (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reason (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Clean 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 Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Scarface-Music Inspired By (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations M.a.d.e. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Truth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Coming Of Age (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hardcore (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Ryde Or Die (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations State Property Presents : the Chain Gang Vol II (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Love & Life
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents: hip Hop Hits Vol. 7
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
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 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Instrumental Icons Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations In My Mind (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations In My Mind (Clean Edition)
Muze Music Compilations The Breakthrough
Muze Music Compilations Duets: The Final Chapter (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Exodus
Muze Music Compilations Exodus(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Food & Liquor(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Fix (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dangerously In Love (Bonus Tracks)
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:the Pick Of The Litte
Muze Music Compilations Ti Vs Tip (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations B'day
Muze Music Compilations Charmbracelet
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
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Here I Stand
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Trill (cln)
Muze Music Compilations Way I See It
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 Road To Revolution:live At Milton Key(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Nortorious (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
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 R. In R&b Collection Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Xxxo:remixes(Explicit Version)
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 Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Collection
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Black And White America
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of X:pick Of The Litter(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
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 The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited 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 MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations ESSENTIAL SADE
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations B'day
Muze Music Compilations Raymond Vs Raymond
Muze Music Compilations Free At Last(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:session
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Roots
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

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 : 09/08/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 521431
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 : 00075678957734

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."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Jay-Z
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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