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 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.