Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Blueprint 3 is the eleventh studio album by rapper Jay-Z, released in the US on September 8, 2009. It will be the final installment in The Blueprint trilogy, preceded by the critically acclaimed The Blueprint (2001) and the commercially successful The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse (2002). On May 20, 2009 Jay-Z confirmed that he bought out the remainder of his contract from Def Jam Records in order to start his contract with Live Nation, and therefore The Blueprint 3 will be released under Roc Nation and distributed by Atlantic Records.
Most of the album's recording took place in Hawaii with the aim to avoid the leakage, Kanye West protege Mr. Hudson explained to the The Times that he "won't get bothered there" compared in a major city such as New York City or Los Angeles. Jay-Z told Rolling Stone his method of selecting producers, "If Timbaland makes ten great tracks then he produces the album, if Kanye West makes ten great tracks then he produces the album; if he makes three, I'll take three. I let the music dictate the direction". However, judging by the final track listing, it appears that West is producing the majority of the album, with Timbaland only producing three tracks. Jay-Z also mentioned in an interview with DJ Semtex that his favorite song on the album is a song titled "Empire State of Mind".
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