- Audio CD (14 Sept. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- Label: ROC NATION
- ASIN: B002DMJM66
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- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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The Blueprint 3 Explicit Lyrics
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Eleventh studio album by the hugely successful American rapper. The album features collaborations with several artists, including Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Kanye West, Mr Hudson, Pharrell, Drake, and many more. Singles include: 'Empire State of Mind (Feat. Alicia Keys)', 'Run This Town (Feat. Rihanna and Kanye West)', 'Young Forever (Feat. Mr Hudson)' and 'On to the Next One (Feat. Swizz Beatz)'.
Lord only knows what Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, mused when news broke of Oasis’s split, if indeed he gave a rich man’s hoot. But the most consistently globe-straddling black rapper since Notorious BIG and 2Pac caught bullets can claim one victory over his Glastonbury 2008 adversaries: growing old gracefully.
The Blueprint 3 – the latest in a triptych founded by 2001’s fêted The Blueprint and continued the subsequent year with less illustrious results – gives clear titular indication that Carter sees himself returning to past artistic route maps for post-millennial hip hop.
In reality, he is still operating from similar sonic executive office blocks that shipped out 2007 movie tie-in American Gangster and, 12 months previously, Kingdom Come, wherein he proclaimed hitting 30 was “the new 20”.
So what now Carter is pushing 40? Well, grown-man business has long since superseded cocksure street dealer chest beating, although the day Carter resists temptation to throw bragging barbs at various adversities appears no nearer.
Consolidation remains the main name of the game, typified by Run This Town, his first UK number one single. Flanked by Kanye West (also the album’s chief producer) and Rihanna, it’s little more than a cruise-control favour return for gracing her chart-topper Umbrella.
Soppy cameos from Alicia Keys (NYC celebration Empire State of Mind) and West protégé Mr Hudson (Young Forever) hardly help accusations Carter has softened unforgivably in a collaboration-heavy latter-day era that has starred such, err, ghetto legends as Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Self-aware as ever, however, the kickback is swift and brutal: Hate is a seething attack on naysayers, seconded by West; Reminder menacingly offers to cure bloggers’ “amnesia” of past successes, slurred southern rap twang riding an imperious Timbaland beat.
Elsewhere, “I’m a multimillionaire / So how is it I’m still the hardest n**** here?” boasts and swaggering talk of frequenting Big Apple housing projects on hipster rap-baiting DOA (Death of Auto-Tune) ring a touch hollow. But it illustrates his status in the city that never sleeps. Until an heir apparent steps up, The Blueprint 3 confirms Carter is clinging to his crown as king of New York hip hop. --Adam Anonymous
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Top Customer Reviews
The album starts off well enough - 'What We Talkin' About' is a solid track featuring flavours of the month Empire of the Sun. One of the album's best tracks 'Thank You' precedes the two lead singles 'D.O.A.' & 'Run This Town'. 'D.O.A.' is a great song but for me the radio friendly 'Run This Town' is weak. I usually love pretty much anything produced by Kanye but for me this is a pop song put on the album to sell records. 'Empire State Of Mind' brings me to a recurring problem with the 'Blueprint 3' - namely good verses, bad choruses! Alica Keys' hook doesn't work for me at all. Similarly the hooks on 'Venus Versus Mars' & 'Reminder' are dismal. As a consequence these Timbaland produced tracks are two of the album's worst. The other track produced by Timbaland 'Off That' featuring Drake (another flavour of the month) is probably the best of the three but in truth none of these songs are worth remembering. They sound like something Timbaland had left over that took him 5 minutes to produce. It is hard to believe this is the same person who gave us 'Dirt off Your Shoulder'.Read more ›
'The Black Album' (and then only just....his 1996 debut
'Reasonable Doubt' remains his finest hour by a mile).
'The Blueprint 3' is but a pale shadow of his finer achievements.
The braggadocio sounds increasingly vacuous.
Coasting on automatic and going through the motions.
Am I alone in being fed-up with artists whose reliance
on celebrity friends to bolster their own lack of creativity
thinly masks their own vulgar egotism.
The album is clogged with humdrum rhyming and soggy beats.
The production is uniformly and unforgivably flabby.
First time round I had to stop for a while after 'Real As It Gets'.
Young Jeezy's sanctimonious rant is just plain nasty.
In 'On To The Next One' Mr Carter professes to be pushing the edge
(hence The Blueprint - once again - I assume). New territory ?
Swizz Beat's mindlessly unpleasant intrusion corrupts any real sense
of lyrical progress made in the genre over the past 10 years.
A little more positivity, a little more humanism would not go amiss.
Don't get me wrong here - everyone loves a bad boy once in a while
but the posturing and monotonous thematic repetition has now
well and truly passed its sell-by date.
If any further evidence were needed the collaboration with Kanye West
(yet another narcissistic braggart and spent force) on 'Hate' demonstrates
just how far a once edgy and credible performer has moved from his roots.
Final track 'Young Forever' is nothing more (or less) than a hollow death knell.
At Your Own Risk.
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I am very pleased with the purchase of this album, I got two a and b sides the first time round from another company, love this album!!!!Published 6 months ago by Christopher
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