If the world is made of two people, artists and executives. animals and zookeepers. or somesuch. I've long thought Jay-Z's legacy might be most interestingly framed as testament to an executive pushing the artist envelope as far as possible. A zookeeper jumping around with gorillas, hunting with lions, and pulling it off, for a while, with great success. The Black Album might be where he even blacked out and ate like some raw carrion or some shit before puking out Kingdom Come on some "raw, uncooked flesh does not agree with me" ish. Hov is technically brilliant, and knows his *brand* inside-and-out, but he lacks the stomach for the risk required of the most brilliant, soaring, time-spanning art[ists].
The Blueprint 3 looks like its fitting the same formula. Recent leaks from nahright and the NMC:
Reminder (prod. Timbo)
Off That (w/ Drake (on hook))
of course DOA makes airs of ambition, but ends up staying a solid song.
Run This Town bumps, but the vid is conceived in a much airier space; the song itself is much more dense, inert. It's a solid song.
that's 4 of 15 or so. 25%-ish for the lazy mathematicians in the building. suffice to say, there's probably some decent music coming- we hope. which is nothing to complain about. but for jay, if he really cares about such matters, it's clear The Chase is still on.