News: Jay-Z Links W/ Timbaland, The Neptunes & Kanye West, "Blueprint 3" Producers Revealed

Saturday, Aug 22, 2009 6:44AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z has reportedly linked with a string of award-winning producers for his upcoming Blueprint 3 album including Kanye West, Timbaland, The Neptunes, No I.D. and more.

A confirmed tracklisting showing the beatmaker behind each song landed online Friday (August 21) afternoon.

1. What We Talkin? About (Feat. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun) (Produced By Kanye West and No I.D.) 2. Thank You (Produced By Kanye West and No I.D.) 3. D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) (Produced By No I.D.) 4. Run This Town (Feat. Kanye West and Rihanna) (Produced By Kanye West & No I.D.) 5. Empire State of Mind (Feat. Alicia Keys) (Produced By Al Shux) 6. Real As It Gets (Feat. Young Jeezy) (Produced By The Incredibles) 7. On To The Next One (Feat. Swizz Beatz) (Produced By Swizz Beatz) 8. Off That (Feat. Drake) (Produced By Timbaland) 9. A Star is Born (Feat. J. Cole) (Produced By Kanye West and No I.D.) 10. Venus vs. Mars (Produced By Timbaland) 11. Already Home (Feat. Kid Cudi) (Produced By Kanye West) 12. Hate (Feat. Kanye West) (Produced By Kanye West) 13. Reminder (Produced By Timbaland) 14. So Ambitious (Feat. Pharrell) (Produced By The Neptunes) 15. Young Forever (Feat. Mr Hudson) (Produced By Kanye West) (Rap Radar)

Jay's new album will face competition from his former record label, Def Jam, which is re-releasing his first two Blueprint titles.

Now that Jay-Z has left Def Jam, Hov's former label is looking to cash in on Jay one last time. Def Jam will release The Blueprint Collector's Edition consisting of Jigga's first two classic albums, The Blueprint and The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse. Much like Mariah's collector's set, Jay-Z's edition will be packaged in a collectible slipcase with a poster. There will be space to insert a third CD. The Blueprint Collector's Edition releases September 8, three days before The Blueprint 3 arrives on Friday, September 11 through Atlantic Records. (Rap-Up)

Artwork for BP3 landed online in early August.

Jay-Z posted the above image -- a cornucopia of white-painted instruments -- on his official website, which implies he'll be using the graphic as the cover of his eagerly anticipated The Blueprint 3. The cover echoes BP3's aesthetic, Jay's reliance on live instruments -- he brought a 10-piece band with him for his All Points West performance -- as opposed to studio trickery, which Jigga officially declared 'D.O.A' with his first BP3 single. (Rolling Stone)

Jay later confirmed the album's cover art and described its significance.

"These things are like the forgotten pieces in hip-hop," Hov said in an interview. "It's still about music. It's not about radio, making gimmicks -- it's still about making music. Those things are piled in the corner. These are the forgotten things about music...The three stripes that everybody is asking about is made from the original [number] three. The first three they made on the wall was someone carving. If you look at [the number] three, all they did was connect lines. The whole thing about this album, how I approached it, is that I wanted to make a new classic to start that all over again -- to go back to making classic albums like the ones we grew up listening to." (MTV)

Check out Jay-Z speaking on his Blueprint 3 single, "Run This Town" below:

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