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BP3 – AJ Allen by ajallen92

As one of the most influential rappers of his time Jay-Z seeks to make what he told MTV was “a new classic,” in the The Blueprint 3. With The Blueprint 3 being his 11th number one album, according to Rolling Stone, Jay-Z exceeds music legend Elvis Presley to become the solo artist with the most number one albums of all time.

There are many elements that have contributed to the success of The Blueprint 3. Jay-Z’s extensive list of collaborators for The Blueprint 3 includes Luke Steele, Rihanna, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy, Drake, J. Cole, Kid Cudi, Pharrell, and Mr. Hudson. Jay-Z also utilizes a wide range of producers such as Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Timbaland, and No I.D. The great diversity of this album assists Jay-Z significantly in capturing the essence of the “new classic” sound that he was attempting to grasp.

In a recent interview with Billboard Jay-Z talks about his track “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” as an attempt to stir things up. Jay-Z states that the track was intended to go against the grain and challenge the rapid evolution of hip-hop. Ironically enough the track was not only produced but also encouraged by rapper Kanye West, who not too long ago developed an album completely dependent on the voice enhancing software. As the first single released from The Blueprint 3, “D.O.A” set the tone for the album as one that opposed the nature of contemporary hip-hop.

Not only is The Blueprint 3 appealing to the ears, but it also carries significant potential to progress hip-hop into a genre where established artists can propel their incipient colleagues into successful careers. In “A Star is Born” Jay-Z promulgates his hip-hop colleagues and gives panegyrics to those who he sees as nascent.

The Blueprint 3 is a diverse album that varies in subject matter, music, and style. There are jazzy tracks such as “Thank You”, “ poppy tracks such as “Empire State of Mind”, hip-hoppy tracks such as “One To The Next One”, and tracks that have their own unique style such as “D.O.A.”

The amalgamation of what Jay-Z calls “the forgotten pieces of hip-hop” are what has made The Blueprint 3 such a great success. As he told MTV, he attempts to deviate from the newly developed superficial standards that listeners have for hip-hop. He wants his music to reflect that, “It’s not about radio, it’s not about making gimmicks, it’s still about making music.”


What’s the Word (8/24/09) by ajallen92

Asher Roth’s new video from his album, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, “She Don’t Wanna Man” ft. Keri Hilson.You can watch the video here

Radiohead did their first live performance of their new song “Twisted Words”

Jay-Z is going to have a benefit concert on September 11 (the date that Blueprint 3 is released) at Madison Square Garden
Another song, “Reminder,” was leaked from the Blueprint 3 you can listen to and download it here

Amy Winehouse performed at the V festival with The Specials. This was her first performance in the UK since last years V festival.

A little bit of a new Kid Cudi song, “Cudi Zone,” was released. You can download “Cudi Zone” here

Bow Wow has released his new mixtape, The Greenlight Mixtape, you can download the mixtape here

Legendary British alt-rockers Oasis seem to be on the verge of a breakup (quite possibly for the 100th time). Rumors that the band may call it quits at the end of this tour after over a decade together began when they opted out of the headlining slot at the V music festival yesterday. Also, frontman Liam Gallagher, has alluded to a great deal of tension betwenn him and his brother, guitarist/ songwriter Noel Gallagher, saying simply “He doesn’t like me and I don’t like him, that’s it.” Similarly, Liam recently told NME magazine If doing a solo album makes [Noel] happy, yeah, it makes him happy. It would sound very civilised I reckon – that’s a f***ing awful thing – but maybe it’s a good thing for him.” While this could be just one of the many Gallagher family feuds that have happened over the years, Oasis parting ways does seem to be a possibility. Still, this shouldn’t come as a surprise from a band that’s broken up over the Gallagher brothers fighting more than once in the past.

What’s the Word (8/23/09) by ajallen92
August 23, 2009, 7:39 pm
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What’s the word is a new segment added to keep our readers up to date on music news. Any suggestions on how to improve this section would be appreciated.

A new Jay-Z track was just released called “Off That” and it features Drake. You can listen to and download it here. On Jay-Z’s upcoming album, Blueprint 3,  you can also expect to hear songs featuring artists such as Kid Cudi, Rihanna, Kanye West and Nas. Blueprint 3 is expected to be released on Friday, September 11th.