‘Blueprint 3’ Suffers From Ennui, Maintains Street Cred Reviewers Say

jay-z_blueprint3_cover.jpgJay-Z's Blueprint 3 drops today in an attempt to curb the numerous "leaks" that have been dripped all over the internet in recent months. In fact, I'm willing to bet that many of you reading this right now have already heard this album and formulated your own opinion. Below are some reviews from popular music outlets. After the bounce, you can see mine.

Somebody fetch Jay-Z some smelling salts, a Starbucks gift card, a midlife crisis -- anything to knock him out of the stupor he has settled into on "The Blueprint 3."

LA Times

At its core, the album is less about introducing newfound skills or subject matters than it is a platform for Jay-Z to showcase his imperious flow, to reassert his world-conquering ego, to remind everyone just who the heck he is..."The Blueprint 3" aims to show everyone he still has wicked skills on the mike. It does, even as it illustrates that sometimes he coasts on his celebrity.

ABC News

Overall, it's a state-of-the-art performance by arguably the greatest to ever speak ghetto poems over music. Then why does it feel like something's missing? 

Entertainment Weekly

Even if it lacks the raw power of his earlier work, the album succeeds at its larger goal -- reaching maximum commercial blast radius while maintaining its street bona fides.


Sorry, young rappers, Jay-Z's whole "Blueprint" thing was a trick. These albums don't show a path to success. They show how Jay succeeds, why he cannot be duplicated. And "The Blueprint 3" is the most untouchable of them all.

Spin Magazine:

He carries on as if his every artistic decision is a manifesto that'll have a crucial, altering impact on our daily lives. And he parses his lyrics as if they're texts that'll be pored over one day like the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Personally, I can sum up how I feel about Blueprint 3 with one sentence: Just go buy Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Links 2 instead.

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5 Responses

  1. and this illmami is why i *heart* you.

  2. The Blueprint 3 is what Kingdom Come probably should have been or I would have expected it to be.American Gangster was 4.5/5. Kingdom Come was a 3/5 and the Blueprint 3 was somewhere in the middle. But, it still is a decent album, just not by Jay-Z standards. Truthfully, I don't like how everyone is putting Rae's over Jay-Z's cd. Buy both. Both Better than the lastest hip-hop albums to be released this year.

  3. Beats... Sure OK. You won’t get Hot 97 play rapping over Premo loops in 2009. (Ask Christina Aguilera)
    Guests? Your ambiguously gay friend and a few others. No prob
    Lyrics? Save for a few lines (and I mean a few as in 3)…Sorry. But the lyrics and clever lines just are not there. One listen to anything pre 2002 from Jay justifies my comment.
    Certified weed plate

  4. souljaboy's last cd was better then Jay's latest release. That alone should speak volumes. Did you hear me SOULJA Boy?!?? 🙂

  5. I still don't understand why there is so much ANTI JAY-Z stuff going on. He is by far the most successful rapper ever. That should be applauded not criticized. Sure, he talks about his riches a lot but that's what MCs do... they brag. That's how it's always been.
    As far as BP3 goes... it's not knocking any of his classics out of the box but it's a damn good piece of work. Lyrically Jay-Z is just superior to 95% of the rappers out there.