Jay-Z Confirms The Blueprint 3 will be Released on September 11
Continuing a media blitz that started on Saturday night (June 6) with the release of his new single Ã¢â‚¬Å“D.O.A. (Death of Autotune),Ã¢â‚¬Â Jay-Z appeared on New YorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hot 97 for a candid conversation with longtime host Angie Martinez.
During the chat, Jay confirmed that his eleventh solo album, The Blueprint 3 will be released on September 11 as rumored.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the date the first one came out and it was a horrible date in our history,Ã¢â‚¬Â he stated. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have a wonderful idea for a show, proceeds are gonna go to charity. You know, just bring it full circle. I have a historic venue in mind, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna bring some artists out. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gonna be big.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The multi-platinum rapper, who ranked #32 on the latest Forbes list of top earning celebrities, also took time to address the controversy created by Ã¢â‚¬Å“D.O.A,Ã¢â‚¬Â which was co-produced by autotune user Kanye West.
Jay clarified that his gripe about the recording tool is simply with those artists who Ã¢â‚¬Å“use it as a crutch,Ã¢â‚¬Â adding that autotune can be a great tool, when you have melodies behind it.
During the show, a fan texted Martinez, asking if the song was a jab at Ron Browz and DJ Webstar for their collaborations with Jim Jones.
Jay-Z dismissed the rumors and replied Ã¢â‚¬Å“so far away from my thought process. Really far away.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not me, the people are sick of it,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jay-Z continued, before closing out the interview to the sound of his live performance at Hot 97Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Summer Jam 2009 on Sunday night (June 7).
As for T-PainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s appearance on stage during the impromptu performance, Jay said that it was not planned as many believed.
Jay-Z took advantage of the interview to share his thoughts on the current state of Hip-Hop, speaking on his likes and dislikes and co-signing both newcomer Drake and Soulja Boy, who often comes under fire from Hip-Hop purists.
One of the most poignant statements he made during this most recent interview, however, spoke to the quality of music itself.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t complain about the state of rap and where itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going and the decline every year,Ã¢â‚¬Â he concluded. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have to look at ourselves first. I can understand why a lot of people get turned off of rap. You can talk about the machine, but you gotta be willing to clean yourself up first.Ã¢â‚¬Â