Roc-A-Fella Records producer Kanye West recently spoke on the status of Jay-Z‘s long-awaited Blueprint 3 album and explained its delayed release.
Confirming the project is still in the works, Ye said Jigga has been taking his time to create a solid record.
“Jay is in control of everything in his domain,” Yeezy said in an interview. “He’s just been working on it, and it’s gonna be amazing when he drops it. I think it’s good he’s taking his time to give people the best product possible and not being rushed by this fast-food, media-outlet, Internet, everything-is-getting-leaked, people-stealing your-songs-before-you-can-mix-them-and-put-them-online world we’re living in right now…We actually removed all the songs with Auto-Tune off of his album, to make the point that this is an anti-Auto-Tune album, even though I released an album that has all Auto-Tune! It doesn’t matter to me…It’s music; it’s just sonics. I like Auto-Tune so I do it, but you want the other thing.” (MTV)
Producer No I.D. recently revealed details on Jay’s forthcoming release.
“Me and Kanye have been doing a lot of work, we worked on Blueprint together,” No. I.D. revealed. “Most of the stuff, I kinda took an ego, stepped back and said, ‘Hey, let’s [Dr.] Dre and Mel-Man it. I played Mel-Man. I’m gonna say, we were doing Blueprint 3 when we did ‘Heartless.’ ‘Heartless’ made 808s & Heartbreak happen and all that is related but everything in Blueprint 3 is like 808s & Heartbreak but with more hip-hop. So it’s kinda like they related and Jay brings it around to make it hip-hop credible. It’s some records on there. That record is also gonna be something that’s gonna grow on people in a certain way and in a certain amount of time it’s gonna be a full fledged classic.” (Real Talk Express)
The album was originally slated to drop via Def Jam Records, however, Jay reportedly bought out of his contract with the label last week.
As Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s new home under the Live Nation umbrella, takes shape, the hip-hop superstar has reportedly bought back the last remaining record on his Island Def Jam deal for what some say is a whopping $5 million, raising a number of intriguing questions. How does the album figure into the plans of Roc Nation’s brain trust, which also includes the A&R-savvy Jay Brown and Tata, as well as Jay-Z’s business manager John Menielly? How will it be marketed and distributed? Will Roc Nation employ a traditional distribution channel or take the LP direct to retail? (Hits Daily Double)
Jigga later confirmed the buy-out and his departure from Def Jam.
“I can honestly say, working with Doug Morris and LA Reid has been a unique and fulfilling experience and I respect them immensely,” Jay said in an interview. “I’ve been in the family for almost my entire career. Doug and I spoke directly and had one of the most unique ‘negotiations’ ever. Doug won the toss but, we both won in the end…I thank him for allowing me to be a completely independent artist. Not every artist can say they own or are given the opportunity to own all of their music.” (Rap Radar)
As of today (May 27), a release date for The Blueprint 3 has not yet been announced.