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The Blueprint 3 Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (14 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: ROC NATION
  • ASIN: B002DMJM66
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. What We Talkin' About [Jay-Z + Luke Steele [Of Empire Of The Sun]]
  2. Thank You
  3. D.O.A. [Death of Auto-Tune]
  4. Run This Town [Jay-Z + Rihanna + Kanye West]
  5. Empire State Of Mind [Jay-Z + Alicia Keys]
  6. Real As It Gets [Jay-Z + Young Jeezy]
  7. On To The Next One [Jay-Z + Swizz Beatz]
  8. Off That [Jay-Z + Drake]
  9. A Star Is Born [Jay-Z + J. Cole]
  10. Venus Vs. Mars
  11. Already Home [Jay-Z + Kid Cudi]
  12. Hate [Jay-Z + Kanye West]
  13. Reminder
  14. So Ambitious [Jay-Z + Pharrell]
  15. Young Forever [Jay-Z + Mr Hudson]

Product Description

Product Description

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)'.

BBC Review

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 Well, grown-man business has long since superseded cocksure street dealer chest beating, although the day Carter resists temptation to throw bragging barbs at various adversities appears no nearer.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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Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
All the reviews giving this album anything lower than 3 stars have kind of missed the point a bit. Yes, it has a commercial feel to it as jay-z tries (arguably a bit too hard) to cover the full spectrum of fans. However, this does not diminish the quality of the tunes or the lyrics. Tracks like 'Venus vs Mars', 'A star is born' and 'Thank you' contain very impressive wordplay while 'on to the next one' is a good track to dance too. Maybe where the album falls down a little in my opinion is the inclusion of 'reminder' and death of auto-tune'. 'Brooklyn we go hard' , 'History' and 'Jockin Jay-Z' may have worked better. But that's just my opinion! All in all, this is a very enjoyable album which I would recommend to anyone. It is nowhere near as bad as Kanye West's '808s and heartbreak' but is not as authentic as the original blueprint or Talib Kweli's Beautiful Struggle.
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Contrary to what I just read the 'Blueprint 3' is far from "absolute quality"...The supposed follow up to 2001's critically acclaimed 'Blueprint' & 2002's 'Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse' (though in truth the three albums have little if anything in common other than their name) comes after a long wait. In September 2008 'Swagga Like Us' was released - a great single which we were led to believe would appear on both 'Paper Trail' & 'The Blueprint 3'. This was followed by 'Jockin' Jay-Z', 'Brooklyn (Go Hard)' & 'History' - the latter a wonderful Kanye West produced track in homage to the newly elected President Obama. The signs looked good for the forthcoming album...but this proved to be a false dawn.

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'.
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Perhaps its because of all of the stars that feature in this album, but this album is a piece of genius, there is not one song i dislike, obviously i like more than songs than others but to anyone pondering the purchase of this album I personally suggest that you listen to a few tracks on spotify and make your decision, if you dont want to use spotify then just buy the album, afterall nothing ventured...
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You've got to respect Jay-Z's success and he's impressive live, but only Reasonable Doubt, The Black Album and, at a push, The Blueprint 1, can be viewed as essential amongst his mass of albums. The Blueprint 3 follows his habit of producing overly commercial, hit and miss albums. You get the impression that he doesn't have that much input in the beat making process and is too reliant on the likes of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams producing him radio-friendly hits. I'm also not enjoying Kanye's recent trend of using a voice vocoder, someone needs to tell him that it's extremely annoying!!
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im going to keep this short and sweet and very much to the point!! JAY - Z is back to his very best!! lets put it like this. If this album was released say in the mid 90's it would have gone down as instant classic! they say your only as good as last your last peice of work and in this instance jay has a lot to do to top this album when he releases his next album. the punch lines through out the album are consitently amazing, and literally force you to go back an double check that you heard correctly! the beats are far from commercial and his flow - well thats just from a different world!! anyone that doesnt rate this album neither knows jay or hip hop!! this is easily the best hip hop album of the year and maybe jays best piece of work!! i put it up there with my favourites the black album and off course the blueprint! and if you still disagree i suggest you listen to track hate for all the haters out there!! welcome back jay welcome back!!
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Mr Carter has produced nothing of any real worth since 2003's
'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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