Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3 [Review]


This was probably the most difficult album review that I’ve had to write during my tenure at nappyafro. Having previously written this album review in full with what I thought was an unbiased view led me to revisit it and start anew. Even though the initial review I composed offered a detailed view of the album, I needed to further distance myself as a Jay-Z fan before I would really be able to fairly judge its value and significance. Distancing myself as a Jay-Z fan in being able to properly review this album, which meant forgetting my adoration for classic albums (Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, The Black Album) and overlooking my distaste for disappointing albums (The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse, Kingdom Come, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life). I had to go into this album review with a fresh mindset clean of all of Jay-Z’s successes and shortcomings, and view this album on its own terms without comparison to any previous albums. Enter The Blueprint 3, an album that has recently been the most anticipated by listeners since Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III and Eminem’s Relapse. It’s easy to understand the reasons for such anticipation, as it has been almost two years since Jay-Z’s previous release (American Gangster) and this album follows undoubtedly one of the best albums in his catalog (The Blueprint). Being the final album in the Blueprint trilogy, Jay-Z has gone on record in saying this album is the definition or blueprint of the “new classic” and should be viewed as such in being the new model for rap’s younger generation of rookies and stars, and being focused on the music and instrumentation side of things. It shouldn’t be compared or viewed in the same light as the original Blueprint album, which is labeled the “old classic” but viewed in the perspective of the digital, Auto-Tune heavy music industry we reside in during today’s times. The world “blueprint” as defined by Webster’s dictionary is something serving as a model or providing guidance. In terms of Jay-Z as an artist, few could argue that his career doesn’t meet the criteria of said definition. Over the years his superior and classic status albums have served as models and sources of inspiration for countless artists (both up-and-coming and established). The Blueprint displayed his life foundation and development from soul music being present in his childhood, The Blueprint2 showed his exploration of various genres and musical taste… So where does The Blueprint 3 stand?

1. What We Talkin’ About
Featuring Luke Steele (of Empire of the Sun); Produced by Kanye West & No ID
Jay-Z has always been known for having strong opening tracks (“The Prelude”, “Can’t Knock The Hustle”, “A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More”, “The Ruler’s Back”) that set the tone for the rest of the album and the rest of the tracks that follow. He seemingly understands the importance of making a good first impression in knowing that it’s important to catch the listener’s attention at the start, which will hopefully encourage them to listen until the end. Immediately you notice the change with the lush, advanced sounding production provided by duo of Kanye West and No ID who handle a majority of the album’s production and set the tone. The song initially grabs the listener’s attention but soon wears thin in terms of production value becoming dull and boring after a while. Most people are familiar with some of the lyrics on this track from the acapella “freestyles” Jay had been performing at shows in the past two months, which garnered some hate and ruffled the feathers of The Game and Jaz-O (“Talking ‘bout gossip, I ain’t talking ‘bout Game…Even Jaz made some scraps, he could’ve made more but he ain’t sign his contract”). It’s kind of contradictory though as by even mentioning you’re not talking about insert name here, you’re ultimately still talking about them by referencing their names. Sure diss tracks and harsh words towards Hov have come from Jaz, Game (The Game), Dame (Damon Dash), and Jimmy (Jim Jones), but at this point in Jay’s career and the success he’s seeing it’s rather pointless to even acknowledge the fact. None of these individuals could really greatly affect his career and he’s just playing into their hand to bring attention to their dismal careers from being mentioned by a bigger star. Other than this Jay stays true to the song title in explaining why he’s still one of the most talked about figures not only in the genre of Hip-Hop but around the world (just ask Oprah, lol). This is a passable opening track to the album, but it’s far from the level of some of previously mentioned opening songs that truly did the job of capturing the listener’s attention.

2. Thank You
Produced by Kanye West & No ID
Listening to this track you get the feeling that it should have been placed towards the end of the album possibly as the final track in closing out the album. This song could be thought of in the same light as the Mary J. Blige collaborative effort “You’re Welcome” in possibly being a concert show closing song, which sees Jay thanking fans and listeners for their continued support over the years as well as boasting and flaunting his financial stability and lavish lifestyle. Jay delivers some well-crafted verses, but the most intriguing has to be the third verse in which he compares the dismantling of his rivals and competition to the destructive events of 9/11. While some have called foul and claimed he was out of line for making the comparison to such a tragic event, I don’t think what he did was done in a disrespectful manner but said rather creatively. Not too many other artists could have presented and broken it down in the same manner that Jay did in this verse. The sampled production provided by the Chicago duo has finale type of feel to it but at the same time I sounds similar to Dr. Dre’s production heard on the Kingdom Come album. The drums and horns presented in the song are comparable to those in the song “30 Something” while the audible sampled voice/talking in the beat’s background give it a similar feel and sound to “Gold Watch” off Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool. While it’s a good track that can start to get boring after a while from the lackluster beat and Jay’s casual flow, but I still find this to be one of my favorite tracks on the album as I did when I first listened to it.

3. D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
Produced by No ID
This is the well-known first official single of the album that has garnered both praise and criticism from critics and listeners alike. No ID hooks up Jay with a creatively sampled beat that allows him to lyrically attack Auto-Tune users and enthusiasts alike while keeping the listener’s heading nodding along the way. This was one of my favorite tracks when it was first released as it built great anticipation for album and showed Jay getting back to the aggressive style that many thought he veered from. People have been saying this song shows Jay “bullying” or “hating” on younger artists and those using the software plug-in for all the wrong reasons (Ron Browz, Webstar, etc.) but as he stated in defense, once something becomes a gimmick (i.e. Wendy’s Commercials) it’s time to move on and I think this song and his way of thinking are justified. While Jay isn’t the first one to speak out against the ills of Auto-Tune, it’s good to see a song like this being pushed and played on a mainstream level. Commend him and Kanye (of all people) for thinking up a song idea like this and following through with it against the popular trend.

4. Run This Town
Featuring Rihanna & Kanye West; Produced by Kanye West & No ID
The second official single of the album has brought along both praise and controversy (Freemasonry, the Devil, etc.) similar to “D.O.A.”. When this song was initially released I was a bit disappointed in comparing it to the previous single, and once the video leaked the accompanying visuals decreased my disappointment level. The song embodies the topic matter and complement the rebel marching production from Ye and No ID. Jay delivers braggadocio lyrics about how he, his record label, and label mates are running the industry, which is nothing new and has been recognized by now. Kanye does the same with a punch line heavy verse filled with comedic and intense lines that sounds like the Kanye of old from The College Dropout days. Rihanna provides a simple yet effective chorus much to the degree of T.I.’s “Live Your Life” that does it’s just job and nothing more. The more recent focus of this track has been listeners claim of Kanye outdoing Jay on his own track, but honestly I don’t think that happens here. Sure Jay’s verses aren’t spectacular and mind-blowing, but Kanye’s verse doesn’t really shine that much greater. I think the punch lines present in Ye’s verse (“She got an ass that’ll swallow up a G-String/And up top, uh, two bee stings”) are reason that people think he murders Jay on this track, but ultimately he just comes off in having a more clever and cunning verse, not one that’s better. When it comes to murdering Jay on his own track that position is still one solely owned by Mr. Mathers on “Renegade” and this track doesn’t see any of that type of lyrical homicide taking place.

5. Empire State Of Mind
Featuring Alicia Keys; Produced by Shux, Co-Produced by Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic & Angela Hunte
“Hey ref SUB… come on out Nas, you’re in Alicia” (boos and jeers from the crowd among the angry and puzzled faces). If this song was a Monday Night Football game or the NBA Finals that would be the scenario that played out upon the release of this album. The original plans for this album called for the third collaboration effort between Jay and Nas (“Black Republican, “Success”) and it was one that many people were looking forward to but unfortunately for unknown reasons Nas was replaced by Alicia Keys on the final track listing. Does the song suffer from the replacement? Not at all! As the song title indicates (a nice play on “NY State Of Mind”) Jay tells you about the city he loves and call home. If you couldn’t recognize by the New York Yankees fitted over the years (“I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can”) Jay reps his city to the fullest and knows it quite like no other in speaking about his time in the drug game running through various boroughs, how he has become one of NY’s most historic figures and the influence the Apple (city) can have on a young Eve (woman). This song basically serves as an ‘ode to his city much like Kanye’s “Homecoming” and Alicia provides the soulfulness on the track’s chorus and bridge that take this track to the next level in their first collaboration together (hopefully not the last). Nas would have fit perfectly on this track along with Alicia Keys and it would have served as a nice homage to the classic Illmatic track, but you certainly can’t be mad at the final results from the applied change. The song essential becomes one of the best on the album and posses the stadium status necessary to make it a New York anthem.

6. Real As It Gets
Featuring Young Jeezy; Produced by The Inkredibles
In listening to this track it feels like one that was intended for a Young Jeezy album and comes off as Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z instead of the other way around as if Jay is reaching to appeal to a Southern audience that is currently infatuated with the likes of Jeezy, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, and others who have the draw. The Inkredibles provide some epic but undistinguished sounding production that caters more towards Jeezy than Jay, which sees them speaking about how they’re some of the realest rappers in the game and how listeners shouldn’t look further than them to find it. I don’t know if that’s an accurate declaration when looking at others rappers that span the entire genre and the jaded rhymes at times from the two don’t do much to convince the listeners otherwise. While this song sounds like it’s on the wrong album, it’s still a good one that delivers and serves its purpose.

7. On To The Next One
Featuring Swizz Beatz; Produced by Swizz Beatz
The first time I listened to this song it gave me a “Really Jay??” expression on my face. Being the first time in since Kingdom Come (“Dig A Hole”) that Jay and Swizz have linked up for a track and about 10 years since the last time it was successful (“Jigga My Nigga”, Vol. 3: Life And Times Of S. Carter), it comes off as disappointing. The production provided by Swizz Beatz is in typical fashion as it has that signature bounce that he’s known for but given his history in knowing what he’s capable of he could have came a lot better. In terms of lyrics Jay holds up his end of the bargain in speaking about how he’s always forward moving and never caught being in the same light as everybody else. With a better beat the results could have been better and matched the track’s potential from these two collaborating.

8. Off That
Featuring Drake; Produced by Timbaland & Jerome “Jroc” Harmon
This was the track that started it all in regards to the leaked BP3 tracks produced by Timbaland and saw people’s interest and promise for the final album decrease. I’ll admit that when I heard this song after it leaked I was with the majority of listeners who felt that this track was real disappointing for Jay’s standards and limiting Drake to just hook duty was a big letdown. Timbaland provides Jay with some of the Techno-infused production that he has recently become known for and while it’s catchy it can becomes dull over time. Timbaland can be hated for his production on this track but credit is due as he’s one of the few music producers that isn’t afraid to try new things that eventually see others following months and years later. This is Jay’s track to address current trends (Audemars Piguet, Cristal, Rims, Timberlands, “Making It Rain”, Oversized Clothes/Chains, etc.) that he feels a “R.I.P.” is necessary. Topic wise it’s very similar to the previous track where Jay states the facts about how stays ahead of the game and boasts that he’s still proficient in his “trend killing” abilities. We’ll see how many of these get added to the list with Throwback Jerseys and such (Probably a good majority…but I don’t know about Timbs Hov, that’s so NY). This track had the potential to possibly better with a verse from Drake instead of just featuring him on the hook, but we’ll have to see if that collaboration happens on Drake’s Thank Me Later debut album. I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being the third single from the album (Since it was rumored to be the 2nd before “Run This Town”) as it would work well in the club.

9. A Star Is Born
Featuring J. Cole; Produced by Kanye West & No ID
Even more anticipated than Jay working with Drake was his collaboration with his label signee J. Cole. So many people were ready to be disappointed when it was initially seen that Cole was nowhere to be found on the album but feelings changed when the official track listing was released. Kanye and No ID provide some subtle production that doesn’t overpower the emcees and allows the lyrics to shine for the listeners. Jay’s uses his verses to commend and celebrate those in Hip-Hop music who have become stars over the years in their careers (Eminem, DMX, Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye, T.I., Outkast, Mobb Deep, Snoop Dogg, etc.) and who are due to become stars in their own rights (Drake, Jeezy, J. Cole, etc.). He also talks about his rise to fame from the corner to the crown of the rap game while figuratively passing the torch to the rookie who delivers an effective verse and holds his own on the track with Jay. This song and J. Cole’s verse remind me of Kanye’s track “Touch The Sky”, which introduced the world to Lupe Fiasco and stands as the defining moment in his career from which it took off from. J. Cole is destined to become a major force in the music industry in some years and stand as one of the top figures of the new generation of rap music, this track further solidifies that point and shows that Jay knew what he was doing when he made him the first member of Roc Nation.

10. Venus Vs. Mars
Produced by Timbaland & Jerome “Jroc” Harmon
The final leaked Timbaland track that featured more laid-back production from Timbo this time around compared to his other two offerings. As the track title implies, Jay goes men vs. women (read: Jay vs. Bey) on his verses in using some clever play on words for the comparisons (Biggie/Pac, Blackberry Bold/Sidekick; “Me I’m from the apple which means I’m a Mac/She’s a PC she lives in my lap”). This is Jay’s “grown folk” track seeing as how there hasn’t been one on the album until this point and it’s one that could see some play in the clubs for its relaxing, laid-back feel.

11. Already Home
Featuring Kid Cudi; Produced by Kanye West
This is another collaboration that people were anticipating in seeing Jay hook up with another one of rap’s next generation stars on the rise. Kanye goes for dolo on this track in handling the production by himself, providing a lush beat that sounds like it could have had a home on his College Dropout or Late Registration album. Kid Cudi is left to the same fate as Drake in being brought on to just handle hook duty on this track and he does so in fitting fashion with it being not too much but just enough. Even though this track seems more fitting for Kanye or Cudi, Jay is able to make it work for him to a successful degree.

12. Hate
Featuring Kanye West; Produced by Kanye West
On this track Kanye goes solo again on the production side of things but provides some rhymes along with it this time around. The beat on the track sound like something that was done in the style of 808s & Heartbreak and for that fact fit Kanye more than it does Jay. This song isn’t too much stronger than “On To The Next One” in that it was one that could have been left off the album for better results. An average track and at best it just doesn’t work as a Jay track as much as it does for a Kanye track in looking like Jay was just following suit to Yeezy’s style and technique. The lyrics on this track basically follow suit to the song title with Jay and Ye talking about the topic of hate and haters with them copping a similar flow to LL Cool J’s “Going Back To Cali” in the first few bars of their verses respectively. This is the shortest track on the album so it’s one that listeners don’t have to sit too long through.

13. Reminder
Produced by Timbaland & Jerome “Jroc” Harmon
When Timbaland’s tracks leaked people were asking where the “bounce” was from him that he provided for Jay on tracks like “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “Big Pimpin’”, well this track is the track that they were searching for. Compared to the other two Timbaland produced tracks on this album this stands as one of the better ones as the bouncy beat allows Jay to spit lyrics that basically remind listeners of who he is and what he has accomplished in the industry (10 #1 albums in a row… make that 11 with BP3). At this point in his career a reminder of these facts isn’t really necessary and if so you need to go back 13 years and catch up. This is a good track that brings the level and tempo of the album back to a steady pace.

14. So Ambitious
Featuring Pharrell; Produced by The Neptunes
Thought we weren’t going to hear from The Neptunes on this album, but you know that’s mandatory since The Blueprint2. The subtle production provided by The Neptunes on this track has a similar sound and feel to Common’s “Punch Drunk Love” heard on Universal Mind Control and ultimately it’s sort of lacking for The Neptunes’ production value. However Jay utilizes it to deliver a motivational track about how he never gave up his dreams and ambitions when others said he couldn’t and the opposition was stacked against him… and a little sneak jab to Mr. Dash (“Old buddy, oh buddy!”). Pharrell supplies the chorus on this track in his usual falsetto style and if you know him this track’s topic is one that he is familiar with.

15. Young Forever
Featuring Mr. Hudson; Produced by Kanye West
As the title implies you should have guessed that you would hear Alphaville’s “Forever Young” in some shape and form and it appears courtesy of a sample in Kanye’s production work. Serving as the album’s closing track, this album has a similar feel to “Beach Chair” on Kingdom Come with its spacious production and Jay’s lyrics of reflection. Jay’s lyrics talks about staying young and never growing old, and how he will forever be Jay-Z (A play on his nickname “Young”) and won’t change from who he is regardless of the years that past. The chorus sung by Mr. Hudson basically takes from the original Alphaville track as he gives off a similar feel to hearing Chris Martin of Coldplay (You know Jay wasn’t going back to that after Ye accused him of biting on “Big Brother”… but we know the real story). While this track has a similar to feel to “Beach Chair” it is unfortunately not as strong production wise or lyrically. However it does a nice job of closing out the album on a calm and peaceful note.

Bottom Line:
15 tracks later and 8 years since the original, The Blueprint 3… is a really good album. Leading up to the 9.11.09 9.8.09 release there was much anticipation for this album in seeing how it ultimately would fare against the now classic The Blueprint album and in that regard it falls short of what that album achieved with classic status. But as Jay stated with this album he wanted to create the “new classic” and refrain from it being compared to the “old classic” (The Blueprint) in allowing it to stand on its own apart from the rest of the Blueprint trilogy. With that being the focus of creating something “different” and diverse from the rest of the albums in his catalog he achieved that as The Blueprint 3 is unlike any other album he has released lyrically and production wise. That doesn’t mean the results are a total successful from it being different. With this album he showed more diversity sonically in terms of production value and provided a platform for the rap’s next generation to be ushered in. By now it is understood that Jay-Z has matured/grown older, moved away from the street life that he used to be involved in, and isn’t the same Hov that was once heard on Reasonable Doubt. In working to present an album that’s diverse I think it succeeds in doing that while it might be a little too different for hardcore Jay-Z fans’ standards. Some songs on this album sound as if they were intended or would be better placed on other artists’ albums, which kind of shows Jay as reaching to appeal to other audiences and what’s deemed popular by Hip-Hop’s younger audience. But this album offers a good mixture of tracks with something to be found enjoyable by listeners of all types. In regards to its ranking with the other two albums in the Blueprint trilogy, it tops The Blueprint2 but fails to surpass The Blueprint. Some mediocre tracks prevent this album from being labeled a classic but it still warrants a purchase from casual listeners and hardcore fans alike. Whether physical or digital, make sure you pick up a copy of BP3 when it’s released cause when it comes to bootleg copies… we Off That!

nappyPicks: “D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)”, “Run This Town”, “Empire State Of Mind”, “A Star Is Born”, “Reminder”, “Already Home”, “Venus Vs. Mars”, “Thank You”, “Real As It Gets”, “Off That”


  • I can live with 4 stars.

    • Chip

      Lol would you give it less or more. I’d give it 4.5. I thought On to the Next One was dope as fuck. Not a single track I dislike on here but I’m gonna have to agree with you on the opening, it sounded better acapella. Then again I’ve only bumped the album once. Alotta people are hating on this album, off of first listen it’s not classic, but idk it’s damn good. Solid entry to his catalog

  • Dennis

    Crazy review, alot of text but it was written good so no hate from me. I’ll also think it deserves a 4

  • Infamous F

    Nice review. I agree with what you wrote. “On To The Next One” & “Haters” are catchy songs though!

  • P-Body

    I’ll say 3 to 3 1/2 stars at the most. This album is ok. It grew on me some over time but I can’t really bump it like that. Blueprint 2 had better songs than this BP3 such as songs like “Some People Hate, Around the world, Bitches & Sisters, Blueprint 2, Excuse Me Miss, and etc”.. Hard Knock Life Volume 2 was a good album by the way, thats one of my favorite from Jay-Z. It was commercial but them beats and everything was banging. He had songs like Reservior Dogs, Hard Knock Life, Jigga What Jigga Who, and basically that album was nice. I agree with Kingdom Come not being too good.. In My Lifetime Volume 1 was good but them songs like “Sunshine, I know what girls like” really destroyed for me. Anyways that “Thank You” joint is mad nice and at first I thought Dr Dre did that beat. Overall the album is ok but I just hate that “Hate” song, also “Off that” even though its growing on me somewhat, and definitely that “On To The Next One” song… That song is horrible and I just couldn’t feel the beat at all. Swiss didn’t put no type of thought or creativity with that beat, just a loop. This album could’ve been so much better. I hate that he didn’t funish the Dead Presidents 3 song!! He need to stop playing and put that song out.

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  • deezNUTS

    Ddisagree with your opinion of Run This Town. Not only is Jay’s verse bland and unimpressive, Kanye’s verse really hits you over the head with “What you think I ran for, to push a fuckin Rav 4?”

    ^^ Sums up most of the music industry imo

    • Yeah, Kanye pretty much made me look at him sidweways for that one.

    • P-Body

      Definitely co-sign

  • Damn, I think this is probably the most informative and best review we’ve had on this site. FANTASTIC job man.

  • JoeKimKnowUH

    Jesus, you wrote a f’n novel for each song. big ups on the review though haha

  • P-Body

    Where is the Raekwon review at?

    • raza

      Now thats a classic album, 4.5 at least!!!

      • P-Body

        I was very impressed with Chef album indeed

  • V-G

    Great Review although BP3 only gets a 3.5 at the most from me.

    • P-Body

      Co-Sign maybe a 3 from me

  • raza

    Not a bad album, pretty average. I just think we expected more from jay on this one and it didn’t quite live up to the hype, specially with all the leaks that kept coming out. As for not having Nas on “Empire state of mind” and leaving Kid Cudi/Drake for hook duty is weak. Why didn’t he put all the earliar releases on like “brooklyn go hard” and “jockin jay-z” as well?

    • P-Body

      What happened with Dead Presidents 3??

      • prettiboy1406

        it already came out a whiillle back man.

  • Rickjamesbitch

    From what I’ve heard its pretty good but how does Jay not have Just Blaze? He’s given Jay some of the best beats of his career, I’d take Blaze over Kanye.

    • P-Body

      Yeah he definitely missing Just Blaze. I wish he would have got a Premier track since its been a long time since they collab. I still think Blueprint 2 is better than this album. BP2 had some dope beats and samples even though I didn’t like the whole album but overtime I learned to like it better than when I first bought it in 02

  • Genaro G

    this is already out what the hell happened with september the 11th? sorry i been workin a lot, haven’t been up to date, can i get this in stores already or what?

    • P-Body

      Yep you can get it now at the store. They had to push the release date since it was heavily leaked out already.

      • mufucka

        bestbuy slippin’, they didn’t have this album in (or on the shelves yet)

        • P-Body

          Word? Yeah man Best Buy is definitely tripping big time. This album to me is a 3.5 or 3.

  • mufucka

    4.5? some of you mentally ill to think that.

    rapreviews gave this a 5/10. not that low, but defintely not as high as a 4.5 (or 9/10)

  • H2O

    Man, ALL Ya’ll trippin’!!! SBK was right to give this album a 4, but its DAMN close to a 4.5; When I first heard the whole album it blew my mind!

    Then again, I had pretty low standards for the album, so that probably affected my feelings.

    • P-Body

      I understand why you feel that way. I personally think its a 3.5 at the most. This album didn’t grab me like when I first heard the “Ain’t No Nigga” song and seen the video in 96 from Nutty Professor/Reasonable Doubt and I was blowned away with Jay-Z but in 09 I have a different state of mind about him. He still spit better than 99% of the rappers now besides Nas and a few others. The album growing on me though I can’t front.

      • V-G

        Hell naw… I can’t cosign 99% or 90%… lyrically this album is average or below. Jay is more *talented* than let’s say 80% of the rappers out there and I ain’t budgin.

        • P-Body

          He do spit a lot better than a lot of these corny rappers out in 09. I’m a 2Pac fan overall so I think he better than everything I ever heard but since he is dead I gotta give Jay his props along with a few others such as Redman, Nas, Black Thought, Bun B, and so forth.

          • V-G

            Jay aint hungry no mo man… It’s a lot of new cats outspitting him. He act like he debuting every time he drop nowadays. You mentioned some old heads, but the list continues to some young niggas.

  • baby d the prince

    how come i saw this review on another websitet?

    • SBK

      Yeah? Send me the link to the other website’s review. Do that for me.

    • !FRESH!

      I think this ninja just talking shit. Good review.

    • SBK

      Not worried… Thanks, appreciate it.

  • meat

    SBK lol you jacked parts of another review that was floating online

    • SBK

      Word? Really?? Let me know what I “jacked” from another review online. Please inform me.

  • 937andheartbreak

    People come on, this shit is weak. Check on OBFCL 2, for some real shit.

    • enigma

      i completely agree!!!
      the chef has killed it yet again.
      detox better not be a flop like blueprint 3.

  • Anonymous

    i agree with the kid above me despite his name. this album is one of the worst things Jay’s ever done.

    • Q

      You tripping

  • V-G

    My main problem here is the fact that a lot of these tracks sound like something Flo-Rida or B.E.P. woulda busted a nut over. Why the fuck is Jay on them?

  • Infamous F

    I think it does deserve 4 stars. I don’t skip any tracks on this, love it all the way through. The lyrics were average though I have to admit but everything fell in place and it’s a good album.

  • Buddha

    Call me old school but this to me is Jay-Z falling off, he has great tracks, but on this whole album I could listen to D.O.A., Venus vs Mars, Reminder, and Thank You, that’s it, only 4 songs, for Jay’s standards, this is quite the disappointment as compared to The Blueprint and The Black Album, Jay-Z has officially sold out…DAMN

  • Chip

    Damn. impossible to please

  • DJ LP

    Okay let me throw in my 2 cents
    As stated above Jay did say this Blueprint is suppose to be categorized as “new classic” for the new cats and not to be compared to “old classic”. Okay excuse me but I think I like Old Classic alot better.

    The Cd was okay. I gave it a 3.5 after first listen. There was alot of dissapointments though. The Jeezy collab was one of them considering when I saw that on the tracklist I expected a banger. Yes its still a good song but production slowed it down a bit. As for the Swizzy collab. I liked the song alot but with my expectations from Swizzy I think that song could have been better. My MAJOR dissapointment was Empire State of Mind. When I see “State of Mind” I immediately think of NY State of Mind as we all do which makes me think Classic and NaS. This is far from it as it really doesn’t have that NY feel for me in MY opinion. Horrible to not have NaS on the track(but what I hear NaS rejected being on this album and OB4CL2. Probably because he wants to finish his collab or baby momma drama getting to him). After the Swizzy Track only a couple songs catch my attention and everything else needs to be scrapped. I’m not enjoying the whole idea of a “new classic” that Jay has put up and want a good “old classic” before this nigga retires.

    Best Buy wasn’t the only one that was late on the Blueprint 3 getting there. I asked both at Best Buy and FYE why they didn’t have it on my first visit(at 1030 in the morning before my classes) and they said that since it was pushed up from expected they were waiting for the shipments to come in(although I did pick up OB4CL2 while I was there). So by my second visit they had put it on the shelves by then(530)

  • H2O

    The thing about Jay is that you can’t judge this album against his old works! That’s just not even fair, the man has done so much when he releases a good album, ya’ll trash it!

    This was undoubtedly album of the year IMO!! Fuck all other opinions! You think Ricky Ross deserves it more than Hov?? FOH!

    Hov is better than 90% of all the rappers in the market right now. All I ever heard about is “damn, the nigga old. retire!” fuck that so what Rakim should retire now? Em should retire now? We all get old, but rapper isn’t a physical sport, and when you keep doing it as good as Hov is why would you ever back out of the game!!

    …Whew…sorry, the Stan in me jumped out for a second. I’m cool…

    • Chip

      word to H20. I told you it would be good

    • DJ LP

      BP3 over OB4CL2?? WHAAAAAT!!

      • mufucka

        Not saying that this is a wack album, but there are 20 albums put out this year better than bp3.

        • Chip

          easily the craziest comment yet

          • V-G

            HELLLLLL NAWWWW! Album of the Year??? It’s some ’09 mixtapes out there that shits all over BP3!!!

          • mufucka

            chip and h20 are the definition of a stan.

            ps deeper than rap is still not a great album

    • Deeper Than Rap IS better than this. Hate to break it to you. It is what it is.

      *dodges chairs, tomatoes, and rocks*

      • P-Body

        I can’t front I’ll rather listen to deeper than rap, the tracks on that was better to me. Lyrically he isn’t touching Jay-Z though.

      • Chip


  • P

    Yall know reviews dont really count on music quality but the name of the artist, this album was not a 4 star

  • TexasTib

    I like the album but I do feel that there were other albums (and mixtapes) that were better than BP3. It is definitely a cut above most of the music that comes out nowadays. Jay, in my own opinion, is always going to put out a halfway decent album. I haven’t liked all of Jigga’s albums but I cannot truthfully say that he has truly had a bad album. I mean he has had some that make you say he could have done better but he never produced any that you would automatically label as trash.

  • KoolAidThug

    I’d give it like 2.5 tops. shit is garbage

  • Spyzyda Myzayne

    Deeper Than Rap IS better than this. Hate to break it to you. It is what it is.

    ^^co-sign^^ that statement

    cmon fuckin rly? i dont listen to jay. but from what i heard. this album aint nuthin. deeper then rap was a great album. why does everyone hate ross on that one? and this is no way in hell btr then OBFCL2!!!! that was some of the hottest shit i heard all year.

    • P-Body

      I see we finally co-sign on something. I do believe Raekwon album is dope too and probably the best album I heard this year unless something else take me by storm.

      Ross album was better than this to me too. The production on it was much iller. I like Jay-Z but I felt like he slipped on this one and I think BP2 is better than BP3.

  • You guys are some bitches! What did you want from Jay-Z? This album is good and you punks crying because he didn’t go back do beats with DJ Premier. Hova goes forward not backwards. Ooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah! Dig it! Where’s Miss Elizabeth with my bean pie?

    • P-Body

      @Macho Man Randy Savage

      Real talk nobody is bitching but this album just isn’t all that to me. Its ok, and its growing on me but overall this album just didn’t grab me like American Gangsta, Blueprint 1 and so forth. I like Raekwon album better than this, and i’m very pleased with Raekwon joint.

      • You the main fool bitching on here! You telling me Raekwon the midget ass album is better than this? Piledriver on a steel chair for that bullshit line. So Raekwon really released a classic huh? You stupid. I’ll get Miss Elizabeth to kick your puny ass brother! Oh yeah!

        • P-Body

          @ Macho Wo-MAN Randy Savage

          Excuse but Miss Elizabeth is dead. An 2nd you’re not in my shape, so go ahead and keep playing bingo with the rest of the senior citizens out there. If you piledrive somebody you’ll probably break your hip or something. Anyways you crack me up dude! I’m seriously laughing at you right now. You internet gangstas crack me up. These are opinions and you are catching feelings…. Wow Macho Woman Randy Savage I didn’t think you was such a female…. I guess wrestling paid you good to act all tough huh. Don’t hate on Raekwon. That Macho Man CD was garbage by the way.

          • Oh yeah! I guess I gonna have to snap a Slim Jim on your punk ass! First off, I’m not in your shape? What shape is that? The shape that gays punks like? I’m a 2 time WWF World Champ bitch! I’ll clothesline your ass off a steel cage and jump off that bitch. Word to Jimmy Snuka! I would find you and piledrive your ass, but you’d probably like that huh? Miss Elizabeth! Type something for this fool:

            you a bitch 🙂

            Oh yeah!

          • P-Body

            Wow Macho WO-Man is going to find me and pile drive. Uh oh I’m scared…. Sike!! whatever, your not in my condition such as health dummy. I should choke slam you and take your 401 k. Who still talk about slim jim?? Oh please save it. So the spirit of Miss Elizabeth is writhing me huh… Lol y’all are characters.. Internet gangstas

  • Spyzyda Myzayne

    @ macho man randy savage

    fool nobodys bitchin. i nvr listened to jay and i still think this album aint worth shit. i kud give a fuck who produces his music. fuckin i got like 3 jay songs on my mp3 player. thats like hard knock life, big pimpin and where the money goes. is that all i heard from him. hell no who hasnt heard jay!? the point is i dont listen to the dude. i know theres like a shit tonna jay stans. i aint even a fan so its whatever. i aint knockin the dude. i just cant get into his music. OBFCL2 is the hottest shit this year. now thats a CLASSIC! fuck this whole futuristic classic nonsense he promoteing. thats just some bullshit to get the media to follow it and more people to beleive the bullshit. that new kid cudi hotter then this shit and idk if that kan even be considered rap let alone hip hop. and deeper then rap was a great album. was it classic? no. great? yes. maybe if he took off some tracks like that face track and maybe sum others. mostly it was a great album. the production was top notch. and with tracks like maybach music part 2, mafia music, and valley of death, who can argue? mafia music is hands down rick rosses best song behind the original maybach music.

    • First off, you said you don’t listen to Jay-Z. You already killed yourself with that line. Why are you commenting on a artist you don’t even listen to. You deserve a flying elbow off the top rope for even writing that bullshit! Secondly, why the fuck are you talking about Officer Ross? Who brought up his fat ass? Keep on subject brother. You get a suplex through a table for that bullshit too. Fuck what’s on you iPod too brother! Right beside “Big Pimpin'” I bet I could find some Jonas Brothers and Elton John. Dig it? Oooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh YYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

      • P-Body


        • Somebody ring the bell. This punk is already finished. I submitted his ass with the camel clutch. Word to Iron Sheik!

          • P-Body


      • DJ LP

        OH SHIT! LOL Nigga got me dying over here

  • DGAF

    This shits aight…there are a few really good tracks. Not as good as Kid Cudi’s Man On the Moon tho! Ha not everyone is gonna agree with me but that shit is fucking insane

    • P-Body

      I’m actually curious to hear that album

  • Chew

    Something about D.O.A, apparently KRS – One and Buckshot (Survival Skills is the album) has a song called Robot, that came out a month before Jay’s song, (May 5th compared to June from Jay) with the same exact concept.

    I personally thought even though Jay-Z’s album was pretty good (Overall), I think he was rapping about the same vein of subjects like he’s already done enough before.

    Favorites: What’ We Talkin’ About, Thank You, On To The Next One, Already Home, Haters, So Ambitious, Empire State Of mind

  • JSK

    Great review; the score of the album was dead on. There’s some good shit and there’s some shit that’s just aiight. I’m really lookin forward to the Cuban Linx 2 review; when is it gettin reviewed?

  • I actually liked the album. No hate here…
    Some songs I can do without, but it makes some good riding music and cleaning music.

    • from what I hear you DON’T clean up!

      • And who told you that? You’re butt-buddy? I know you ain’t talking about somebody not cleaning! Pleeeeeeeeeease don’t make me go there…. I was just making a comment so STOP with the Hate!
        King Jerm = Hater!

  • Chip

    You niggas will never be satisfied, and by that I don’t mean that just because Jay’s old, or its his 11th album that its an excuse for him not to come hard, because HE DID. Still you can’t get too mad when a guy calls himself “Hova” and people expect everything from him to be a bonafied classic. But seems like you all want Jesus on the beat and Michael Jackson on the hook. Niggas seemed to be forgetting that only three of his albums pre-retirement were classics, not each and everyone and yet and still three is an impressive number.

  • Spyzyda Myzayne

    lmao @ macho man

    ah so this dude know his wrestlin moves huh? and yea ricky got brought up before so i dont know what the fuck your ass is talkin bout. i will admit your wrestling lingo is funny as hell tho. jonas brothers and elton john? haha u on sum other shit dude if u think i listen to anything other then hip hop. and you deserve a stone cold stunner for all that wrestling bullshit! fuckin you even said brother with your hulk hogan ass self. ring the bell? nah dude shits not even begun son. and you sayin dig it and shit! witcha booker t shit right there! and yea i dont listen to jay. that dont mean i hate the dude. shit i heard most this album. it aint my cup of tea ya understand that shit?

    • Macho Man Randy Savage

      *Cues up “Pomp & Circumstance”*
      Dealing with you jobbers is the easiest fight I’ve been in since I kicked Andre The Giant in the face while he was taking a shit on the toilet! Spyzyda Myzayne? You do know I was in Spider-Man the movie right? Beat that brother! Don’t compare me with the Hulkster, he fucked up the Mega Powers by grabbing Elizabeth’s ass. You get a dropkick in the nuts for all that shit talking! Oh yea!

  • spyzyda myzayne

    LMAO!!!! Macho man you on some other shit. kudoz to your wrestling bullshit.

  • P-Body

    Yeah Macho WO-Man is on some other shit forreal.

  • V-G

    That Macho dude is gay as fuck! Anyways, basically yall are selling out for Jay… How the hell you gon say “what more can you want”? I WANT GOOD MUSIC! This album hardly has that! I’m not comparing this to any album besides itself and its just not that good.

    • KoolAidThug


    • Oh you call me gay but your bitch ass got shoes in his gravatar. When I go to buy Miss Elizabeth some shoes, I’ll be sure to pick you up a pair. Do some more push ups before you step in the ring with brother. You wouldn’t know good music if it punched you in the face with a foreign object. Go back to your room and listen to some more Shakira. Another one bites the dust. Oh yeah!

      • V-G

        Hahaha… Internet characters kill me… You’re a faggot. Please rebutt with termanology the hip-hop world cares about, not your fictional wrestling world.

  • Infamous F

    Lmao some funny stuff in here.

  • Spyzyda Myzayne

    this macho woman clown is a fool.

  • P-Body

    Yes very funny shit going on in here. That Macho-WOman bring a lot of comedy in the room. Thats all I can do with that person is laugh. I’m sorry but Jay-Z kinda slipped on this album. The first half was catching me but the 2nd half just threw me off.

    • Okay. I see you got your got you girlfriend V-G to fight you battles for you huh P-Body? That is only gonna make the leg drop I’m gonna give you worse brother. All the little girls like P-Body, V-G and Spyzyda Myzayne should join the local Girl Scouts of America. Maybe they can teach you about respecting champions, tying quarter knots and dealing with you menstrual cycles. Get on my level first jobbers. At this point, the most you all can do for me is carry Miss Elizabeth’s purse why we spending money on shopping sprees. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Yeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! DIG IT!

      • V-G

        smh… suburban white kid or gay 35-yr-old black dude… I can’t decide.

        • Chip


        • You wrong with both choices. I’m a 2 time WWF World Champion. But I think your mother is either a suburban white kid or gay 35-yr-old black dude. *Motions for ref to ring the bell*

        • P-Body

          Yo V-G don’t pay attention to that clown. He just want attention

      • P-Body

        Lmao!!!! Lol!!!!! Whooooooooooo!! In the words of Rick Flair. Anyways Macho-WOman listen brother you’re too funny for your own good, and why are you walking around with a corpse. Miss Elizabeth died years ago. I guess being old make you see stuff that aren’t there. You took too many chairs and pile drivers to the cranium BROTHER!! That Slim Jim sux just like when you went to WCW and I heard the snippet to your album… Wow! You shouldn’t even talk about who suck with the lyrics and etc, you’re the last to do that one BROTHER! Now step your ass your seat and go ahead play UNO or I’ll do your elbow drop on you.

        Now Can U Dig It BROTHER! Bite into a slim jim!

        • You know what brother? It’s to many damn girls in this comments section. Especially you P-Body. Even if Elizabeth was dead I’m still probably doing better than the men you date. I would break you legs with a figure four but you might enjoy that a little too much brother. Slim Jim’s paid for my house and cars. What kind of shack do you live? Probably the YMCA with the rest of the gays. Oh yea!

          • P-Body

            Ok so fucking a dead corpse mean your doing better huh… Wow man you are some kind of a freak to still bang a dead corpse. With all them damn colors and shades you wear I know you was part of the village people back in the day dancing and singing them tunes with the rest of the gays. I know Elizabeth probably bang you in your ass and you was saying “Oh yeaaaaaaaahhhh BROTHER!!!” A matter of fact thats how you got that phrases.. Well world we all know how Macho WO-Man came up with that oh yeeaaaah slogan. Actually I stay in a nice house. You’ll probably have your own reality show out this year trying to make a comeback. Just bite into a slim jim and go play bingo before you break your fragile fingers typing on the keyboard.

  • Zodiac


  • enigma


  • H2O

    Man, idk which album ya’ll we’re listening to, I was thoroughly satisfied! Chip was right, big ups to Chip, I never shoulda doubted Hov!

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who thought all the autotune was surprising? It’s on Run This Town, On To The Next One, Reminder, and Hate. Guess it’s not so dead

  • mufucka

    When is Jay-Z going back to his original form??? This album is as commerical as you can get. The album is everywhere, it sounds like a bunch of singles thrown together. It’s not that it’s bad, but it’s just not the jay-z i want to listen to. It should be considered a pop/rap album.

    The biggest problem I have with this album is how overrated it is. I take it some of you were not listening to hip hop when Reasonable Doubt came out. On that album, his lyrics are about something meaningful; compared to here where it’s mostly about swagger (nothing). Jay can make his flow sound nice on just about everything, but it’s not all about how he sounds, but what he is actually saying.

    Another reason for the 3/5 rating is because ALOT of the songs just don’t work. Some songs will have a few nice verses, then the chorus will fuck it up. Some beats were too club like (more pop, less hip hop), and didn’t really fit jay-z’s style.

    Top 5: D.O.A., Run This Town, Empire State of Mind, A Star Is Born, Already Home

    Grade: (3/5) B-

    First, D.O.A. was a great idea by Kanye and Jay-Z? Jay-Z bit the idea from KRS-One (once again) and Buckshot when they released “Robot” months before this came out.

    Second, you really think Alicia Keys replaced Nas? You really think Nas is going to sing a hook without spitting on it. We all know that Jay didn’t want to get murdered on his own shit.

    Third, i liked your (long ha) review, just didn’t agree with your rating.

  • YungFocus

    yall guys are on drugs manyee !!!!.. this the BP3 !!!! THIS THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR SO FAR.. IM SORRYY !!!

  • P-Body

    They album grew on me now. I still hate that “On To The Next One” swiss didn’t give a damn when he made that beat, he didn’t even try. I hate “Hate” that song is wack.. “OFf That” with Drake still don’t grab me either. Overall the album isn’t bad not classic Jay.

  • leon3

    the relapse got 4.5 and this only got 4?

    • Erik

      Relapse is a much more solid album than this, but i would lower bp 3 to 3.5 and relapse to 4.0

      • Rickjamesbitch

        Relapse isn’t that good man.. 3.5 at best, same for BP3

        • P-Body

          BP3 wasn’t that good, I agree. Relapse could have better too.

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