News: Jay-Z's Sound Engineer Spills Details On 'Blueprint 3' Follow-Up, "It Has A Concept & A Title"

Monday, Mar 5, 2012 10:06PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap mogul Jay-Z's longtime sound engineer Young Guru is giving fans a reason to start checking release dates by dishing out some exclusive details on Young Hov's upcoming Blueprint III follow-up.

While mum on the details, Guru admitted the LP would have a concept.

"Jay-Z is always working on stuff, it's a concept that I can't talk about but I'm marveled at how smart this guy is. When he told me the concept, I was like 'Why didn't I think of that?' It was just so simple. It's not a concept album though. It's not like American Gangster, it's not a Beatles concept album. It has a concept and a title, and the title and the concept fit him so well that people are going to be like 'Wow.'," he explained. "I like certain writers because it takes me 8,000 paragraphs to get my full point across. When somebody can take what I just said and condense it into two sentences and still have the same effectiveness, that's a good writer. The simplicity of the title and the concept that it conveys is incredible." (Complex)

Guru also said fans will be amazed at the album's simplistic yet perfect name.

"I can't tell you the title, it's so good it's like, 'Oh my god why didn't I think of that? What made you think of that and why haven't we done that before?' It's just staring us in the face all these years, we could've been put that out as an album concept." (Complex)

Last month, hitmaker Pharrell Williams kept mum on his forthcoming Jigga collaboration.

In December, Hovito said we might get a solo LP from him and a second Throne album in 2012. There hasn't been any talk since, but when MTV News caught up with Pharrell earlier this month, we had to ask if that's still the plan. "We're working on something, it's crazy," Skateboard P said after a long pause. With things still in the works, Pharrell is reluctant to let go of any info. Instead, he'd rather just let Jay speak on things when he is ready. "Well, you know, he's very discreet about details and stuff," P said. "I'm just a filmmaker, musically. I let everybody else play the roles." (MTV)

Watch the Throne contributing producer Verse Simmonds previously talked to SOHH about contributing to Jay's next solo effort.

"I'm really antcipating [his new album] and I'm really excited about it because we're really going to go hard and try to make sure we make a big stamp on that album as well," Verse told SOHH when asked how excited he is to contribute to Jay's upcoming solo LP. "I think when everybody listens to the [LP and the] Watch the Throne album and see our contributions to that too, it's going to make a lot of people really pay a lot of attention to us. You know what I'm saying? I'm really excited about." (SOHH)

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