Only Rapper to Rewrite History Without a Pen

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“reach[es] maximum commercial blast radius while maintaining its street bona fides.” – Entertainment Weekly

With 11 studio albums under his belt, Jay Z brings it (and brings it hard) with his latest album The Blueprint 3 which dropped today in the United States due to the album leakage on the interwebs, and is scheduled to be released internationally on the 14th of September. (Suckas!) My fellow HOVA-loving coworker and I listened to the album early last week when it was leaked online. It was fabulous. Jay Z is pretty much the best rapper in the world, AKA the self proclaimed “mothaf**kin greatest.”

Per usual, the Roc Boy worked with producers Kanye West and Timbaland on this album, as well as No I.D., The Neptunes and other notable producers. Some critics seem to be hating on Timbaland, and calling his style dated, more or less. I personally think that his work with Missy Elliott back in 1997 on her Supa Dupa Fly album was some of his best and most innovative.

Check out the video for D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune) below. The video is pretty simple, but it does the song justice. Jay Z doesn’t need a video overly saturated with hos, money and Courvoisier. And as he exclaims in this song, the hip hop world needs to “get back to rap, you T-Pain’n too much.” Refreshing.

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8 Comments

  1. catooey
    Posted September 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    my sister heard your iphone playing some rap songs one morning… and she didn’t realize that you had a Lil “ghetto” in you :P

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  2. Posted September 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Haha. I remember that morning. I was listening to Nas I think. I didn’t know she was in the next room studying!

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  3. David
    Posted September 8, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    ha, downloaded the song a couple weeks ago. you quoted the best line by far in that song, “Get back to rap you T-Pain’n too much.” Haven’t heard the whole album but have always felt Jay-Z is overrated even though a great. Sometimes when you proclaim you’re the best so many times, people will actually believe you.

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  4. Posted September 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s the best line as well. Finally someone is making a statement about T-Pain’s lameness!

    I see how Jay Z can seem overrated. Much like Lil Wayne. But I really like the way Jay Z put it in his song Moment of Clarity:

    And the music I be makin
    I dumb down for my audience
    And double my dollars
    They criticize me for it
    Yet they all yell “Holla”
    If skills sold
    Truth be told
    I’d probably be
    Lyricly
    Talib Kweli
    Truthfully
    I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
    (But i did five Mil)
    I ain’t been rhymin like Common since

    It’s lyrics like those that lead me to believe he is one of the best. :)

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  5. Hava
    Posted September 10, 2009 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Pssh, Jay-Z can never be overrated. JIGGA!

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  6. David
    Posted September 10, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Okay, let me break this down…and wow, you pulled out another one of my favorite lines by Jay-Z… and not that I disagreed but it has in fact moved me to agree that yes, he is one of the greats. He is truly one of the few auteurs you can find in hip-hop as he brings a unique signature to the game that transcends his work. He has developed a style that others could only wish for. the thing that bothers me about the guy is that he has always been obsessed with his place in the biz. Comparing himself to MJ, Big+Pac, and constantly telling people “the best rapper alive.” I think he loses some of my respect because he spends so much time reflecting on his standing. I find his lyrics enjoyable and at times very clever but not captivating. His “no pen” legacy means very little to me and if he really doesn’t use a pen, I wish he did. We may be missing out on something even bigger. In sum, if we were to build the Mt. Rushmore of rappers Jay-Z would be Teddy Roosevelt where Tupac and BIG would be G.W. and Lincoln respectively. Not sure who I would pick for Jefferson perhaps GrandMaster Flash, but definitely someone from the 80s… just my two pennies.

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  7. Posted September 10, 2009 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Excellently put! I love the analogy. I agree, perhaps if he were less pompous we would have an easier time respecting him – I see what you’re saying.

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  8. catooey
    Posted September 24, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    it’s all about akon, bitches!

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