View Full Version : Jay-Z - BP3 allmusic.com Review 4/5 stars

09-07-2009, 03:26 PM
When Jay-Z first made a series out of his best album, 2001's The Blueprint (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wxfrxq80ldde), it became a game of high expectations. The Blueprint (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wxfrxq80ldde) of the first volume was Jay-Z as vital as he'd ever been, storming back to the hardcore after a few years of commercial success. The Blueprint˛: The Gift & the Curse (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:h9fexqtaldse) was a complete turn, a set of half-cocked crossovers, bloated to bursting with guest features that obscured his talents. The Blueprint 3 is somewhere between the two, closer to the vitality and energy of the original but not without the crossover bids and guest features of the latter (albeit much better this time). Kanye West (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:hcfixqwjld0e) is in the producer's chair for seven tracks, and it's clear he was reaching for the same energy level as the original Blueprint (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wxfrxq80ldde) (which he produced). "What We Talkin' About" begins the album with a wave of surging, oppressive synth, while Jay-Z enumerates (with an intriguing lack of detail) what he's said and what's been said about him, ending with a nod not to the past but the future (and Barack Obama (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:anftxqesldae)). West (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:hcfixqwjld0e) also produced the second, "Thank You," and while it starts with typical Jay-Hova brio, the last verse piles on the unrelenting criticism of unnamed rappers doomed to weak sales. There's plenty more lyrical violence to come, but most of the targets are much safer than they were eight years earlier. (Jay doesn't sound very convincing when he claims in "D.O.A. [Death of Auto-Tune]" that it's not "politically correct" to rail against one of the most reviled trends in pop music during the 2000s.) From there, he branches out with a calculating type of finesse, drawing in certain demographics via a roster of guests, from Young Jeezy (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:jxfixq9ald0e) (hardcore) to Drake (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:fifoxqrrldde) (teens) to Kid Cudi (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:wcfqxzu5ldte) (the backpacker crowd). The king of the crossovers here is "Empire State of Mind," a New York flag-waver with plenty of landmark name-dropping that turns into a great anthem with help on the chorus from Alicia Keys (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:dvfexq8kld0e). The Blueprint 3 isn't a one-man tour de force like the first. Jay is upstaged once or twice by his guests, and while the productions are stellar throughout — Timbaland (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:j9fwxquhldje) appears three times, and No I.D. (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:k9fixqrhldfe) gets multiple credits also — it's clear there's less on Jay's mind this time. Not tuned out like on Kingdom Come (http://www.wutang-corp.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wzftxqtrldae), but more content with his dominance as a rap godfather in 2009.

from: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3zfwxzwaldfe

Ghost In The 'Lac
09-07-2009, 03:27 PM
if BP3 is 4/5, BP1 is 7/5.

Dominus Santorini
09-07-2009, 08:35 PM
Really BP 1 and BP3 are totally different albums with completely different artistic goals.
I will say BP 1 is a definite 5/5 and BP3 is 4/5

09-07-2009, 08:53 PM
i form my own opinion and i fucks with jiggas new album.

blueprint is a classic album bp 3 isnt even in stores!!! i get that some ppl aint feelin the direction hes going but i think as an emcee jay definitely represented. either listen or leave it alone!! remember he doesnt need to be making music hes already made. some of the joints really came to life after repeated listens. there some serious stealth darts on this album on the laidback tip. i aint mad at the review.

that forever young joint mighta knocked sunshine off the hill for wackest jay song though!!!! if i was in the studio when jay made that i woulda clowned on him until he deleted it!!!!!

Ghost In The 'Lac
09-07-2009, 09:02 PM
i said in my lil review i really liked most of the album, but there was a few bricks on that shit. but i think i was mostly struck down by the use of autotune in multiple songs after DOA.

but alot of this shit is clean as fuck, well produced, and jay of course imo is still soundin fresh, im knockin hard right now

09-08-2009, 02:41 AM
Really BP 1 and BP3 are totally different albums with completely different artistic goals.
I will say BP 1 is a definite 5/5 and BP3 is 4/5