By Adan Vasquez
Daily Titan Sports Editor
World renowned hip-hop artist Jay-Z released his eleventh studio album, The Blueprint 3 on Sept. 8, bringing a close to the Blueprint trilogy.
Jay-Z has proven over the years to be a durable artist. Nowadays it is hard to find many artists who survive into their thirties, yet the H.O.V.A proves everyone wrong with every new album he drops.
When Jay-Z dropped the Black Album back in 2003, it seemed like the end of a magnificent era. But then in 2006, he dropped Kingdom Come, and the following year in 2007 he came out with American Gangster – and they were all albums worth talking about, as if anyone would expect anything less.
The Blueprint 3 is another one of those albums, and despite the heavy commercial flavor behind it with songs like “Run This Town” and “Empire State of Mind,” it is still able to do what every other Jay-Z album has done in the past: connect with its listeners through life struggles and hope.
It is really a tribute to Jay-Z and his ability to still reach out to his fans. He’s always used his experiences growing up to gain the attention of music lovers. At age 39, it is a true testament to his talent and simply solidifies his place among the legends in music.
Although the sound of the album is nothing to be surprised about – Timbaland and Kanye West both dominated the production of the album – it still maintains what everyone can come to expect of a Jay-Z album, and that is yet another No. 1 album on his list of musical accomplishments. In fact, with The Blueprint 3, he made history by surpassing Elvis Presley for the most number one albums by a solo artist. It speaks volumes about how great he has been in regards to his musical talent.
With artists such as Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Mr. Hudson, Rihanna and Young Jeezy making featured appearances, this album has it all and should be easy to appeal to just about anyone.