News: Jay-Z Breaks Down "The Blueprint" Trilogy, "I Ain't Have A Reason To Do The Third One" [Video]
Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 10:05AM
Rap mogul Jay-Z has explained his reasons for making a Blueprint trilogy and said that there was no initial purpose behind his latest platinum-selling album, The Blueprint III.
According to Jay, the first two releases has a certain aim attached to them.
"I wanted the 'Blueprint' series to be a trilogy because of what it represented," he says. "The first 'Blueprint' was the soul samples I grew up on, my blueprint. Then 'The Blueprint 2' was me searching for all the different types of music I like. But I ain't have a reason to do the third one, so I didn't do it for a while. But it was just fitting right now where I am in my career for me to set the 'Blueprint' for my next journey." (Billboard)
As of last week, the rapper's Blueprint III has sold more than 1.5 million copies.
Rap mogul Jay-Z's The Blueprint III also lost a bit of ground this week moving six positions to No. 43 with 12,400. Headed into his 27th week, the rapper's latest chart-topping release has moved 1,657,300 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Last year, Jay said he wanted to take a more experimental route with his next album.
"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)
The 40 year-old rapper previously addressed hip-hop's age factor.
"I hear it all the time -- 'Yo, he should let the young guys, the new generation of guys come in,'" Jay explained in an interview. "But you don't become the front-runner in music because someone lets you. You have to claim your shoes...If you grow up listening to hip-hop, you love hip-hop and that's the end of it. But if you're a 30 year-old rapper still trying to make music like you're 15, then you're making it narrow. At my age, I can't relate to a 15 year-old. I deal with mature and relevant topics for my age group -- it has to all be based on true emotions. The more diversity and the more mature we make hip-hop, the bigger the net you cast." (Reuters)
Check out Jay-Z speaking on his Blueprint trilogy down below: