**FreddyFresh's Review of the Week**
Well its been nearly 2 years since Hova graced us with his presence with "American Gangster" and the other mega hit records that came before that...he now brings us what we've been waiting for: The Blueprint 3. Starting out a weak and ending with a bang, 3 is definetly worth the wait. Kanye returns as one of the main producers of the album, alongside Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and The Neptunes. I wouldnt go as far as saying that this is Jay Z's best album, or one of his best, but iI guarantee that you'll bump this hard as I have been for the past few hours, even though there are a few bumps and scrapes along the way.
Top 5 Tracks:
1. Empire State of Mind (ft. Alicia Keys)
4. Venus vs. Mars
5. Young Forever (ft. Mr. Hudson)
1. Empire State of Mind (ft. Alicia Keys) - the reason this song is my favorite is unknown to me at this time of night...every rapper reps his/her town or place of birth, be it a small, hick town, or a large city but when Hova talks about growing up, being a hustler, making money, juggling bitches...I just cant help but love it. He knows how to rep his city and everyone who purchases this album that lives in NYC needs to turn their player to this track, open up the windows, and let this track fill the streets as it was meant to.
2. Reminder - Simple and plain; Jay Z states that he is one of the best in the game, that he rapped with the greats and now he's known as one of the greats. Listening to this song, he earns his name etched in hip hop forever, and anyone that thinks otherwise needs to take a walk.
3. D.O.A. (Death of Auto Tune) - It takes a true artist to recognize when something isnt working, or when something has been overused so much in the past few years that it needs to be brought to the light. Auto tune needs to be toned down, or obliterated completely...why? Because Jay said so!
4. Venus vs. Mars - I wouldnt really call this a "song for the ladies" or a "slow jam." But this is the albums ballad and features some of my favorite wordplay on the album.
5. Young Forever (ft. Mr. Hudson) - What an outro! I didnt know what was coming when this song started and, knowing that it was produced by Kanye West (the king of sampling), it easily earns its spot in my top 5, as it should in yours.
My favorite feature on the album is easily Rihanna and Kanye West on"Run This Town." Easily...everytime I hear that song, it bumps and makes me love it even more. Not knocking Jay at all, but the features make the song; Kanye destroys his verse and Rihanna brings one of the sexist, addicting choruses I've heard in a long time.
With a few mediocre cuts, Jay-Z still impresses fully with his newest outing. I'll be purchasing the album when it drops officially on September 11th, as you should. For any Jay fan, give it a listen to. He even states that if you want me to be like my old shit, go buy my old shit; this is the future Hova and he's here to reign supreme as one of hip hops greatest MCs.