- Record Label: Roc Nation
- Release Date: Sep 8, 2009
- Summary: After seven years, the final album of his Blueprint series is finally released.
- Record Label: Roc Nation
- Genre(s): Rap
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|Empire State Of Mind|
|Yeah Yeah, I'm up at Brooklyn Now I'm down in Tribeca Right next to DeNiro But I'll be hood forever I'm the new Sinatra And since I made it here I...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 11 out of 22
Mixed: 11 out of 22
Negative: 0 out of 22
The long-awaited Blueprint 3 doesn't disappoint. In fact, the album may just be the blueprint for hip-hop music to come.
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.
Despite bringing in all these names to make it an event album, The Blueprint 3 delivers because of hefty beats and quality rapsmanship, nothing else.
By all indications, he'll continue to make good but not great music, replicating the form of his finest records minus the electric charge.
Without its filler, this album could have been at least good, if not great. But, for better or for worse, this is what Jay wanted us to hear right now. It’s just a shame that it’s not entirely worth hearing.
Just as The Blueprint 3 seems to have pulled it off, it peters out in a mass of indistinct tracks.
The real inexcusable thing about The Blueprint 3 is how boring and sterile it all sounds.
Positive: 37 out of 57
Mixed: 12 out of 57
Negative: 8 out of 57
Mar 21, 2020This is my personal favorite Jay-Z album, if not one of my favorite albums period. It has so many classic songs I remember loving as aThis is my personal favorite Jay-Z album, if not one of my favorite albums period. It has so many classic songs I remember loving as a youngster and I can still vibe with now. And Empire State of Mind is an absolute classic, just like this album. 10/10.… Expand
OwenBSep 17, 2009Amazing album that i can play straight through. Some tracks are a bit soft but the overall sound of the album is something new and Amazing album that i can play straight through. Some tracks are a bit soft but the overall sound of the album is something new and refreshing. Now a days most hip-hop sound the same and just don't stand out. This is like my 4th favorite Jay album behind The Blueprint, Reasonable Doubt, and The Black Album. Its tied with American Gangster.… Expand
BrettCSep 11, 2009Loved nearly every track. A few I could do without.
Mar 15, 2012His most complete album musically; only slight disappointment was D.O.A. (great idea, but Jay-Z singing "na na na na... hey hey hey goodbye"His most complete album musically; only slight disappointment was D.O.A. (great idea, but Jay-Z singing "na na na na... hey hey hey goodbye" was not the greatest idea he every had). Overall, however, a very good album.… Expand
YoManSep 10, 2009Decent album but nothing really special
DerekCSep 18, 2009Jay-Z tries to too hard to be mainstream in this album. Very disappointing to following up a classic like American Gangster. Hope he goes Jay-Z tries to too hard to be mainstream in this album. Very disappointing to following up a classic like American Gangster. Hope he goes back to his classic joints next time around.… Expand
chrisRSep 23, 2009Look at his previous two albums. The first was a lame "return" from retirement; his second was an overwrought collection of gangster castoffs Look at his previous two albums. The first was a lame "return" from retirement; his second was an overwrought collection of gangster castoffs that only sounded lively because they were about something else. Jay-Z his completely mined his life story and squeezed every interesting nugget out of it. All that is left now is a millionaire talking about how rich he is as a way to make more money. If Scrooge McDuck were real, he would listen to The Blueprint 3 while doing laps in his pool of gold coins. Because that is the only demographic who would give a shit about the piss-poor prose Hov offers on this record. Despite what he claims on What We Talkin' Bout, Jay isn't rapping about life or drugs. He's rapping about himself, and how little he has left to inspire him.… Expand
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