Pin It
Favorite

"Blueprint 3," Jay-Z 

The final installment of Jay-Z’s Blueprint trilogy

click to enlarge art14339.jpg

The final installment of Jay-Z’s Blueprint trilogy, Blueprint 3 is an album that’s been heavily hyped in the last two years and leaked like crazy online. The good stuff is well-worth the hype. Produced by Kanye West, there’s the usual master-of-ceremonies stuff at the beginning (typical of a Jay-Z record) in “Thank You,” and then a format-busting, radio-ready track in “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).” Aside from those, the best tracks are the ones with hip-hop elite: Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Pharrell and Young Jeezy. I could listen to Keys and Jay-Z on “Empire State of Mind” over and over.



BLUEPRINT 3
Jay-Z
Roc Nation, Atlantic

West, Keys and Rihanna are perfect stylistic foils to Jay-Z’s staccato delivery. But it’s almost as if the star-studded tracks are too good — the rest of the record feels like filler. Blueprint 3 would have been better if they’d trimmed the fat first.

Download: “Empire State of Mind”

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • One Becomes Two
  • One Becomes Two

    The Hop! continues on while Pinnacle Northwest, the new downtown all-ages music venue, opens up
    • Jan 28, 2015
  • Past Masters
  • Past Masters

    Skull Fist brings classic heavy metal into the 21st century
    • Jan 28, 2015
  • Broken Yet Hopeful
  • Broken Yet Hopeful

    Kent Ueland has moved on from Terrible Buttons with a solo effort
    • Jan 21, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Nappy Roots

Nappy Roots @ Red Room Lounge

Fri., Jan. 30

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Leah Sottile

  • Imaginary Friends
  • Imaginary Friends

    The very real role that fantasy plays in our everyday lives
    • Aug 13, 2014
  • Expert Advice
  • Expert Advice

    Dab? Vape? Indica? Sativa? A few tips for beginners
    • Jul 9, 2014
  • Gone Solo, Not Soft
  • Gone Solo, Not Soft

    After three decades of Melvins records, Buzz Osborne makes an awesome album by himself
    • Jun 18, 2014
  • More »

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Film


Review


Music


Tribute


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation