September 11th, 2009 is the official return of Jay-Z aka "Hova" aka "Jigga" with his third installment of the Blueprint album. His original Blueprint is heralded as a hip-hop classic amongst fans and critics alike. The second Blueprint received mixed reviews due to the fact Jay-Z put a lot of material out, some of which was more mainstream. Nonetheless, the lyrical wonder continued to sell records and kept on doing so until his retirement was announced several years ago. Many fans thought The Black Album was his final LP recording, but Jigga refused to stay away from the rap game. In a hook from his earlier song "sometimes the rap game reminds me of the crack game", Jay was obviously hooked on this vocal art form. So he came back with Kingdom Come, an album with a few choice cuts that fans liked, but most critics admonished the record for Jay-Z's grownup sound. He quickly squashed any doubts over his hardcore, lyrical powers when he brought out American Gangster, an album inspired by the Denzel Washington movie of the same title. Hov was official back on the spot doing his thing as fresh as ever.

With the latest reviews of The Blueprint 3 album, fans have noted a rapper similar to the one they heard on the Kingdom Come album. With this album he continues to discuss mature subjects such as younger rappers taking shots at him, his business ventures, male-female relations, and his haters. On "Run This Town", Jay enlists the services of Kanye West and Rihanna as they boastfully claim they run this town tonight. Jay-Z and Kanye West trade verses on the track "Hate" where Jigga claims he needs his haters, and how much he loves them. On the Timbaland produced "Venus Vs. Mars", S dot Carter raps methaphorically about how he and a former love interest were on opposite ends of the specturm. Jay compares he and his former female friend to Pepsi and Coke, MAC's and PC's and Blackberrys and Sidekicks. It's definitely a song that shows some of his clever lyrical abilities. Two of the harder, fresher tracks on this album are easily D.O.A. which discusses the overused autotune effect in music today, and Empire State of Mind which has Jay paying homage to his homestate, along with singer Alicia Keys.

Fans will question this album as being able to hold up to the original Blueprint, or even the previous joint, American Gangster. The lyrics on both of those albums are much stronger when compared to these, but that's not to say Jigga doesn't continue to entertain with top notch words on fresh new tracks. This time around Jay has enlisted the help of multiple producers including Pharrell of Neptunes, Kanye West, and Timbaland. Guests include Kid Cudi, Drake, Rihanna and Alicia Keys, making this seem like more of a star-studded return to mainstream hip-hop for the current king of rap, than a return to the original Blueprint for classic album scuccess.