News: Jay-Z Preps BP3 Follow Up, "I Wanna Make The Most Experimental Album I Ever Made"
Thursday, Sep 3, 2009 12:30PM
With the release of The Blueprint 3 still one week away Jay-Z has already announced his plans to return to store shelves with a new experimental album.
Hov also explained why his Blueprint 2 album featured a wide range of guest appearances.
"I've always said I believe in good music and bad music. ... I like music. The second Blueprint, the reason it was all over the place is because I like music so much. You have tracks with Lenny Kravitz then Sean Paul. Dr. Dre. It's all over the place because of my taste in music. I like music. My next album, which I'm working on now -- that's exclusive, no one knows that -- is gonna be the album that really -- it's not gonna be a number one album. That's where I'm at right now. I wanna make the most experimental album I ever made. But let's not deal with that now; I want to deal with The Blueprint 3." (MTV)
Jay-Z recently spoke on the motivation behind his highly-anticipated The Blueprint 3 album.
"I don't think [the year-long wait] changed the music any," Jay said in the October 2009 XXL Magazine. "You can look at it both ways. The Blueprint was all natural. You could tell the rawness of the spontaneous thoughts -- It's just process...I don?t think The Blueprint was bad. But this album has to come out. It's just really cohesive. It feels really good...I keep using this phrase 'new classic,' because it has classic sounds and instrumentation, like how music was recorded before. That's why the whole album cover [features] white instruments just left in the corner, no color. It's all about the instruments. It feels classic in that approach, but it's new subject matter, new flows. It's not like an Amy Winehouse thing: a take on what was already done. I mean, if you listen to 'D.O.A.' just the sax alone, those type of sounds. The subject matter is right now. It's a hot-button issue right now." (XXL Magazine)
Jigga previously cleared up rumors revolving around his new album 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)
Hov is currently allowing fans to listen to a free stream-only version of Blueprint 3.
Rhapsody and MTV are the exclusive places to hear the new Jay-Z album, The Blueprint 3, starting September 1, nearly two weeks prior to official release date -- Rhapsody will be the exclusive retailer for The Blueprint 3 from September 8-10, prior to official September 11 release date -- Two exclusive bonus tracks will be available from Rhapsody on September 8 -- Rhapsody collaborates with Jay-Z on TV advertisements promoting the new album -- Rhapsody to premiere a 60-second customized Jay-Z advertisement in 2009 MTV VMAs. (Hip Hop Press)
The Blueprint 3 lands in stores Friday, September 11th.
Check out Jay-Z's Rhapsody commercial below: