Aug 31, 2009
Jay-Z has teamed up with Rhapsody® and MTV to promote the highly-anticipated
release of his new album, “The Blueprint 3.” As part of the partnership, the
entire album will be available for fans to listen to for free on Rhapsody.com and from MTV’s “The Leak”, almost two weeks prior to its official release. In addition, Rhapsody will also make the new album available for purchase beginning September 8, three days ahead of the street release, and will include two exclusive bonus tracks. [More]
Win a Vizio HDTV and/or other Jay-Z memorabilia via Rhapsody's Twitter Contest (Starting September 1):
Here’s how to enter:
• Listen to a Jay-Z song on Rhapsody.com.
• Use our new “tweet” feature and tweet the song you’re listening to with a short review of the song.
• You MUST use the hashtag #RhapWin in your tweet and there must be a URL linking back to Rhapsody.com or your entry will not count. Ex: “I love American Gangster because it breaks barriers. #RhapWin http://bit.lyrhap32/”
• Enter as often as you like.
• We’ll also be having random pop quizzes throughout the promotion giving away special Jay-Z prizes.
• During our 3 day exclusive retail promotion we will be giving away free albums to random lucky winners. All entrants must be 18 or older and legal residents of the United States.
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
In conjunction with the release of his 11th solo album, The Blueprint 3, Jay-Z is gracing the cover of XXL magazine for the publication’s October issue. Speaking with XXL’s Special Projects Editor Bonsu Thompson, the self-proclaimed, “God MC” delves deep into many hot topics currently buzzing around him, including his mega success, BP3, jabs at his new singles “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” and “Run this Town,” his tenure as the president of Def Jam and life as hip-hop’s ultra businessman. Check out a few excerpts below.
CRITICISM OF “D.O.A.”
“I’m not hating on young people. Like, when people say that, I’m like, What are you talking about? It’s just stupid. I’m not hating on young people… I’m not Bill Russell, [saying] Michael Jordan ain’t shit. I’m saying Lil Wayne and Kanye are like LeBron and Kobe. My job as someone at the forefront of the game is to leave it in a better position than when I came in. Same way that Russell [Simmons] left it to me. ’Cause this thing saved my life. Literally. So I have a responsibility to it karmically. And after that it’s on you. I did my part. I made ‘D.O.A.’ I said it. I made the statement. I made the push. Here, y’all take it from here.”
HIS LEGACY AS FORMER DEF JAM RECORDS PRESIDENT
“So if you ask me to grade my performance as the president, I’d say A-plus. No one can bat a 100. It’s impossible. I mean, everyone is looking at my shit. But if we really looked under the hood [of] every single [record exec] and the acts they put out in that time, I’d be comparable to anyone.”
HIS STANDING IN THE GAME
“But when I say I’m the best, I don’t say that outta my ass. I say that with all my stats behind me. I put that against anybody. I mean anybody. I really believe that… I believe in a lot of things. I believe that ‘SportsCenter’ is the best thing on TV. I shouldn’t have to prove it. But I do have these stats to prove it. I’m talking about real run. I’m not talking about years off. I’m talking about straight—boom, boom, boom—back to back. We’re not talking about heritage acts either. We’re not talking about respect what I’ve done. I’m talking No. 1 [albums] 10 times. The Beatles is the only one [to have more No. 1 albums]. They got 19, and if I get a surge of creativity, I could make nine albums next year.”
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
EDIT 8/18: PREVIEW #2
Anthony Mandler, who directed the video for Jay's first single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)," is the man behind the camera and brings his cinematic touch to the clip. The visuals are unlike anything we've come to expect from Jay-Z in the past. From "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is ...)" to I Just Wanna Luv U (Give It 2 Me)", Jay has mastered being the life of the party. But "Run This Town," with its action sequences and cast of extras is new territory for the MC. Read Full Article
The video premieres Thursday, August 20 on MTV .
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
Jay — whose gnarly "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" is up for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Male Video — will perform a song from his hotly anticipated The
Blueprint 3 album, due September 11. The glittery Gaga — who, along with
Beyoncé, leads everyone with nine VMA nods — will perform a single from her breakthrough The Fame album.