News: Swizz Beatz Talks Jay-Z's "Blueprint 3" LP, "He Just Called Me From London Spazzin'" [Audio]
Friday, Jul 24, 2009 10:45AM
Ruff Ryders producer Swizz Beatz recently revealed his role in Jay-Z's upcoming The Blueprint 3 album and what fans could expect.
In addition to producing tracks for Jay's highly anticipated release, Swizzy spoke on the shared appreciation for music he has with Hov.
"I've been kicking since '98," Swizz said in an interview. "That's what I told Hova, 'We did it in '99, and we 'bout to do it in '09.' That's a blessing. I've been around...I like the album...He gotta say a lot. You know who to come through for the gutter [beats]. He just called me from London, spazzin'. Me and Jay, we're so much into the art of music, and we're great friends. This album, we happened to get into a little bit. That sh*t is super fun. We're still working." (MTV)
Jay recently spoke with DJ Drama and said the project was ready for release.
"Yeah, pretty much [it's done]," Jay revealed. "You know I still tweak it. I made 'PSA' was the last record I made on The Black Album and 'Give It To Me' was the last record I made on Dynasty. So, I'm always open to recording new records. It's pretty much done, it could go out the door right now. September 11th, the first date, it's the anniversary of the original one, of course it's a tragedy as well so we're going to be doing a lot of great things with charities and everything." (Hot 107.9)
Jigga recently cleared up rumors revolving around his Blueprint 3 distribution deal.
"Sony is Roc Nation," Jay said in an interview. "That's where Roc Nation's going through. [With Atlantic,] that's pretty much just for this specific album. Roc Nation -- we're experts in marketing and making records. But we do distribution deals. On this one, we're working directly with Atlantic staff, which is Julie [Greenwald], Lyor [Cohen], Kevin [Liles] and [Mike] Kyser. For the rest of the Roc Nation artists, we did a distribution deal with Sony...You have to figure, this is like four years ago [when I approached Def Jam with the same deal idea] and to them it was just like, 'Are you crazy? No! Make a song!' To me it was like, I've sold companies for huge amounts of money. I'm an entrepreneur -- that's what I've been all my life. I can't just sit here and make records and not do anything else. Why wouldn't you want to do this with me? I felt under-utilized." (Billboard)
The Game, who has been taking shots at Jay, warned the rapper about what he would do if there is a diss track on Blueprint 3.
"I will tear you down," Game said in an interview yesterday (July 23). "They will stop wearing Roc-A-Wear clothing...If Jay responds with a song, it'll be on his album because he's a pretty smart dude, witty, and he knows it'll benefit him more to put it on The Blueprint, if and when he does, just be on the lookout for '400 Bars' ...I'm a really put my pen on the paper and really strike a match." (103 Jams)
The Blueprint 3 will land in stores Friday, September 11th.
Check out Swizz Beatz's phone interview below: