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  • Summary: After seven years, the final album of his Blueprint series is finally released.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The long-awaited Blueprint 3 doesn't disappoint. In fact, the album may just be the blueprint for hip-hop music to come.
  2. It’s Jay-Z’s world, but on The Blueprint 3 he’s considerate enough to let listeners perambulate about for a most enjoyable visit.
  3. 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 appears three times, and No I.D. gets multiple credits also--it's clear there's less on Jay's mind this time.
  4. By all indications, he'll continue to make good but not great music, replicating the form of his finest records minus the electric charge.
  5. He still sounds temperamentally incapable of making a bad album, but he's made his first boring one.
  6. Just as The Blueprint 3 seems to have pulled it off, it peters out in a mass of indistinct tracks.
  7. The pitch-correction software is alive and well even on this record.... This glaring inconsistency is the least of BP3’s missteps.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 47
  2. Negative: 7 out of 47
  1. Jun 22, 2011
    My favorite Jay-z album. It truly has a great style and feel. If there was ever a rapper to stand up against eminem, after hearing this album, i'd say it has to be jay-z. Expand
  2. Jan 9, 2011
    So many awesome guests in his songs. One of the best albums I ever listened to.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    "Empire State of Mind" was a great song describing new york and Jay Z's life beautifully with rythmic raps and great support from Alicia Keys. Must listen!!! Expand
  4. Aug 22, 2011
    the album is good, the beats are what make it though. Jay Z on this album really made it clear that he's rich and the best and theres nothing nobody can do about it. This album was overall **** he bragged about his money and accomplishments. Talked about how he's on new stuff and other artist are far behind. Not Jay Z's best album or worst but it falls in between. I'm guessing thats why its called the blueprint. Expand
  5. Feb 2, 2012
    This is a record of highs and lows. It has got some fantastic tracks on it but also a few duds as well. Empire State of Mind works really well and Already Home is also a great track. One problem I have with the record in general is that it lacks the passion and spark of his best work. Apart from on a few tracks, there is no real fire here. He's almost on auto-pilot. Still sounds pretty good though. Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2013
    This Album definitely had it's moments Empire State of mind). However, overall it was a very inconsistent album. It seems that at times, Jay Z gets annihilated, whether it's by little brother Run this town), or the next hottest thing out (drake). Only about 5 or 6 great tracks on this album, that's what saves the album. Collapse
  7. Sep 27, 2011
    Jay-Z should be ashamed. Yes he is top of the Charts, yes he went platinum, but does that mean it has skill. For some who bleats he is the "best Rapper Alive" I was expecting a much better Album, especially after American Gangster.

    They were all radio friendly tracks the one collaboriation song with J. Cole should have been a single. That would bring a lot recognition to J. Cole.

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