Uncontrollable Hustler’s Ambition

I don’t know where Cam’ron is, but I sure as hell know where Jay-Z is. He’s at a studio in Manhattan, CEO in full artist mode, feeling inspired and making his first true “concept” album. No he still doesn’t write his rhymes down but a pen and paper is getting heavy use today. It has the rough titles of the 14 songs Jigga has created and he’s carefully trying to create the perfect musical sequence for his new album. Inspired by the Denzel Washington flick that stays in rotation on a TV screen above him, Jay wants the album to tell a story from beginning to end.

He’s 100% sure he wants the album to begin with a song called “Pray,” his most intricate and vivid storytelling since the severely-underrated “Meet The Parents.” I believe it’s one of the four songs that will make the album that was produced by Puffy and the Hitmen. That’s right, Puffy and the Hitmen.

Jay told me a funny story in the elevator on the way to get his first look at the Hype Williams-directed “Blue Magic” video. He said Puff would always bug him like, “Nigga let me executive produce your next album.” Jay would basically be like, “What the fuck you talkin’ about? I’m a boss. And you’re a boss. That don’t even make any sense.” But finally Hova gave in and agreed to at least listen to what the Shiny Suit man had cookin’ in the stu. Surprisingly, he was blown away.

Supposedly, Puff had gotten all the D-Dots, Amen-Ras, Nashiems, Stevie J’s and Carlos Broadys back together again and they’ve been creating some funky 70’s soul inspired grooves. Jay asked Puff, “What are you doing with these tracks?” Puff was like, “I don’t even know. It’s just some cool shit, I listen to around my house. Walking around with my socks on and shit.”

Just how Just Blaze’s work inspired the beginning of Kingdom Come, the Hitmen tracks built the foundation of American Gangster. As it’s been widely reported (NY Times I see ya), most of Jay’s vocal content recounts hustler tales over neck snapping beats. Jay likens it to the lyrical side of Reasonable Doubt meets the musical majesty of Blueprint.

The album marriages Jay’s real life experiences like buying out the bar with his hustler buddies (the d-boy celebratory next release “Roc Boys”) with songs inspired by scenes from the movie. Notably, the one where Denzel as Frank Lucas is distraught that his nephew played by T.I. has abandoned his dreams of being professional baseball player and wants to get into the “family business.” Jay moved by that scene applies it his own cautionary lesson to his nephews for them to always stay on the right path.

Fuck what ya heard. Truth be told, “Blue Magic” is not even one of the strongest songs on the album. But Jay insists it was the best way to introduce the direction of the new record. (“Let’s take ‘em to the ‘80s, before we take ‘em to the ‘70s.”) The other record that the Imperial Skateboard P did, is the only song that sounds like it could be a commercial smash. It’s a song about the effect of heroin disguised as a love song. The rest here is straight gutter. A lot of “aggressive content” for you goofies and doofies.

Tracks like “Success” (produced by No ID “The Mentor”) will have your trunk rattling as well as the somewhat Dream-inspired “No Hook.” Light on the choruses, Jigga flourishes when he addresses some of the hot stove topics you want him to touch on. DeHaven, the mad extorter, gets it on a couple of tracks. And Beyonce, the fiancée?, gets a dedicated verse on which Jay declares, “She’s on my dick and I’m on her bra strap.” Besides y’all haters of the male persuasion couldn’t afford to take ole girl on a “million dollar vacation” like the big homie.

As it stands now, the album has a surprising end. The final song is called “Fallen,” produced by Jermaine Dupri. That’s right Prez Carter’s supposed corporate rival. Bilal’s on the hook but again this ain’t no commercial ish. It aims to bring the whole album full circle. That as always, gangstas don’t get chubby and move to Miami, they end up in jail or they die. Thankfully, American Gangster will prove Young Hova’s career is alive and well.

Loose Ends:
There’s a DJ Toomp track Jay is still working on and another one with a Marvin Gaye sample that Jay still feels needs some more production muscle. There’s also a new version of “Ignorant Shit” that features Beanie Sigel (the only guest rapper I heard so far) and Jay lets Imus have it in the final verse.

Jesus, that’s it for now, I got an interview to prepare for. Any of you fuckers got any questions you want me to ask the Great One, holla atcha boy. Y’all owe me.

UPDATE:
Supa engineer extraordinaire Young Guru granted me some clarity: Puff’s 2007 Hitmen consist of Sean C. and LV (aka Grind Music). LV is also Fat Joe’s DJ and Sean C. co-produced “Can’t Knock The Hustle.” They actually have five tracks on the album. And them niggas got some heat. You’ll see.

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  • hayta

    1?

  • Fire

    The 70s flavored tracks sound awesome (and that’s coming from an 18 year old). Hope they can do that and I hope it’s better than Kingdom Come. I’m a huge Jay fan, but I’m just saying.

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  • Ron Lee

    YN, ask Jay if he really felt Kingdom Come was a great album. If he did, than I really have no faith left in American Gangster. 90% of rapping is having the ear to know whats hot or not. Just the fact he would put out 30 is the new 20 proves that his A&R’s are smoking crack and he’s lost his ear for great music. Also, ask him, HOW YOU SPEND 10 MILLION ON MARKETING AND SELL 1/5 OF THAT? IS THAT THE SINGLE MOST UNSUCCESSFUL ALBUM A RAPPER HAS EVER PUT OUT?(PROFIT WISE) it don’t take no real hustler to do that math.

  • Chris Cash

    man im jealous you have the life, u mean to tell me there wont be any just blaze, kanye, dre or timbo on the album?

  • FreshKicks

    Well written. Can’t wait for the article.

  • http://ifux.blogspot.com iFux aka Etheraldinho

    YN sure is one for Hyperbole he is the king at that……..Yo but let me give that YN lookin ass nigga props for staying on top of Blog/Commenting Slang editorial that YN must be reading nah comments all the time and shit.

  • Moe Real

    Is this Jay’s revenge after everyone including Bol hated Kingdom Come? Or is it his way of saying sorry to Noz and everyone else who was hoping for sumthin 2 bounce 2? Try to talk to em.

  • http://www.myspace.com/theodbeatz lukee lefty

    ask him how much are the album sales gonna matter this time around, it seems he’s not trying to make a commercial album.

    oh and a tour ask him about a tour

    ask him during the creation process especially when he was making tracks with the hitmen, did BIG come across his mind, and if so what track could you see you and BIG ripping on this album ala’ “Brooklyn’s Finest”

    is Ignorant Shit gonna be the same beat different verses ??? damnmit if that song was on the Black Album instead of change clothes we woulda had a supreme classic

    tell him to keep coming out with albums, not for commercial sales, but for artistic growth…..he’s in a postition where album sales dont matter as much as anymore because he’s sold millions but yet his music commands so much attention that people have to listen…..he’s in a unique place where no rappers has been before he should really take advantage of that shit

    oh and listen to beat 34 on my page……. http://www.myspace.com/theodbeatz

    flames right ????

  • FuckUPayMe618

    1.Ask him when is the Joe Budden album dropping?

    2.How long can a Camel go without drinking water?

    3.Why does Memphis bleek wear doo- rags 24/7?

    4.Who killed JFK?

  • Marcus McFly

    ask him if Kanye will be producing
    anything on the album

  • http://dirtyglovebastard.blogspot.com/ Moe Greene

    All I want to know is how many tracks is the album going to be.

  • Tahjman

    Sounds hot, ask why he don’t put esco on that

  • A.Driver

    Reasonable Doubt & The Blueprint were Jay’s best albums period so for this upcoming album 2 be put in the same breathe as those two is saying a lot!! You’re really making a true Rocafella nigga like myself hungry so I hope it lives up to whats said & not be “Kingdom Come 2.5: The Street Edition”

  • Moniker

    I’m officially geeked on this album. I loved “blue magic” and the preview is makin it sound like it’s on point. I’m all down for that gutter sound again, instead of the annoying high pitched horns of Kingdom Come

  • a2d

    1. Nas track? Kanye track?

    2. Does he even care about the numbers for this project or is it a labor of love? Does he feel that frees him up to do a lot more?

    3. Is Puff actually exec-producing?

    4. That’s all I got.

  • Hip Hop since 79′/ Raised under Reagan

    Serious Hip Hop history making… it only makes since to have a true Uptown hustler (Puffy), produce the Biopic Harleem themed record. This may be on some Issac Hayes/Shaft inspired, craziness.

  • 911

    …no Nas on an 80/70′s themed album…why not…? Why not a Nas/Jay-z album instead ?…tell him loan a nigga a mil…I gotta an idea on a quick flip…lol…

  • http://www.somethinglikearapper.wordpress.com Jimmy Valentime

    If kicking Vintage Hov

    Tell him He better have Pain in The Ass on this album

  • T.R.E.Y.

    did Timbaland do the beat to “Roc Boys?”

  • The Dynasty

    I always wanted them to make a movie for Meet the parents. And if not a movie at least a music video.
    -Ask Hov if he’s looking for interns over there at Def Jam cuz Im would def love to learn from the man himself

  • Aiite Now

    Elliott, is it really that hot sounding, or is this a puff piece? Inquiring minds really want to know…

  • CS

    *QUESTIONS TO ASK*

    1. What Books does he like to read (Authors and titles)

    2. Is he still working on his new clothing line The S. Carter Collection?

    THANKS!

  • Tyler

    Ask Jay if I can let the Lizard Loose 2 crawl up in & bang out his ol’ Lady Beyonce? It don’t look like he hitting dat right.
    Ask Jay why he scared 2 say anything crosseyed about Lil’Wayne on his new album? Hmmm interesting cause ‘dat dude Wayne would take his old ass 2 the hole. . No Homo which would be the greatest match up of all time tho’
    Ask Jay why he not fuckin’ with Kanye on this one? That would be a magic hook up ya’ dig
    Ask Jay if people would think that he was still a great Rapper if he didn’t play his part in that hit on ‘dat nigga 2pac?

  • CS

    *QUESTIONS TO ASK*

    1. What books does he like to read (Authors and titles)

    2. Is he still working on the new clothing line The S. Carter Collection?

    Thanks!

  • P Dolo

    Puffy and the “Hitmen” are Grind Music Sean C and LV. Just to set the record straight.

  • staph

    Ask him about Wayne. The likelihood of a collaberation etc…

  • fgf

    ron lee.jay did not spend no big bugdet for his album.his album was promoted for him by a company which he was endorsing .it was an exchange.it prolly cost him very litte.like maybe 5 mill or even less.thats why u see him at number one in the forbes.

  • http://none eightstacks

    I hate rap music fans they are always expecting the past. One dude said Kingdom Come sucked. How? Anyway.

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  • screwwylewy

    “I don’t even know. It’s just some cool shit, I listen to around my house. Walking around with my socks on and shit.” HHAHAHAHAH

  • Good Bidnezz

    I liked the perspective he brought as a hustler on Black Album i really hope its kinda like that.. I got a million questions for you to ask Hov…Does he think he is gonna lose his latter audience by takin it so far back like with him being so far removed from that element ..isnt he worried about his credibilty anymore he went far out with Kingdom Come now he throws it way back wit American Gansta …Last what does this mean for the Jay who became Prez nd took hip hop beyond the heights of rap like i wanna still see him be that afta artist successful jay….::shall i continue::

  • sooch

    watch out Wilson, you’re sounding a lot like a Hova superhead right about now.

  • http://www.myspace.com/donnygoines Donny Goines

    I can honestly say reading your review has peaked my intrest in this album. If it is a true concept album Im sure it will be very good. I look forward to hearing it.

    Not too many artists make concept albums these days. I recently made one and is no easy feat. But with his resources and imagaination Im sure its dope.

  • b-ease

    sounds promising…

    1. howd did he feel about the negative reaction to Kingdom Come?
    2. does he wish he wouldve never stayed retired
    3. does he think wayne is a dope artist?
    4. which beats has he turned down that became hits for other artists?
    5. what happened with nas?

  • jheart

    yo jay i hope u get this…i think u should put nas & kanye on this shit, u know why, kanye got that flow & u know how Nas do his think, well i am going cop this shit anyways, do ya think hova, came to far to stop my niggas..”total respect to u & Nas for endin the beef” thats what hiphop really need right now….on a real i how u got Nas on ur shit…1 lve & u know “WE ARE OUT FOR PRESIDENTS TO REPESENT US>>> GET MONEY”

  • redd

    Meet the parents is one of my top 5 jay-z tracks. I always wanted to see a video for that. As well as renegades that video wouldve been ill. A renegades video in my mind should have a storyline of the Salem witch trials that shit wouldve been ill.

  • http://wmdeez.wordpress.com nation

    let me clear my throat (nh)

  • jburg

    yeah, ask him where the fuck his boy Eminem is!!!

  • smac

    you’re right, we do owe you for this post! Thanks for posting all the info about the album, can’t wait.

    I know it’s a stupid to ask about working with certain producers but:-

    1. The RZA is in the movie itself

    2. NO-ONE would be better at sequencing the album and giving the project at ‘cinematic feel’ than the RZA – look no further than early wu/OB4CL

    3. Jay is always looking to work with producers that he hasn’t worked with in the past – new directions

    Surely it would be worth approaching the RZA, giving him a listening session and hearing his thoughts on the album sequencing? Similar to the way Dr Dre mixed the entirety of Kingdom Come, the RZA may have something to offer the whole project?

  • jheart

    yo jay..do ya thing man, niggas been feelin u for years, i really hope u got Nas on this shit & also kanye. jay & kanye sounds good together on a track. i’m going to cop this shit anyways, i really wanna hear u on sumthing more knowledge shit…yeah for the youth my nigga.. i for sure u & nas would kill he…..”i’m out for president to represent me….get money”…………

  • C. Rob

    again i stress, do a split cover for december with wayne and jay, u kno its carter 3 time right? anywho, play on the whole carter last name shit, and call it the Carter edition or some shit like that, real talk C3!!!!

  • jrock

    where is dj premier????????????????????

  • Rahan Cotterel

    No commercial singles? Tracks for the club? No Beyonce features?

    Thank you.

    It actually looks as if he isn’t doing this one for the numbers. It looks as if he isn’t about to “water down the lyrics and flow” for middle america!

    Thank you.

    Then he’s bringing back the HITMEN (Life After Death [B.I.G] & Life Story [Black Rob]) the production on those two albums alone made the HITMEN legends.

    I hope they bring there “A” game (crazy soul samples, theatrical ad-libs and background sounds, the whole nine)

    I’m hype.

    I always knew that HOV wasn’t going to go out like that…he came in with the hustlas and he’s about to leave with them.

    I’m excited.

  • thatwhitedude

    a song about heroin “disguised” as a love story, its been done a bunch of times, most recently by 50 cent, this album is gonna suck as hard as kingdom come, maybe a little bit better but not as great as jay z once was, jay has lost his ear for good music, YN get off the man’s buts fast cuz its a sinkin ship to be on…just watch, dude shoulda never came outta his “fake retirement”, its like what happened to jordan and we all know how badly jay wants to be known as the mike jordan or rap, he mentions it like on all his most recent songs

  • king me

    ask hov on another note it looks like the roc is on the upswing and about to be at full force. would he ever think of signing a southern LYRICIST to the roc. not just some fad, but a cat that can really go in. i always wondered why they never signed a southern cat.

    i seen an interview wit dame and he stated they didnt cause they didnt need to??!!!???? WTF??? shout out to state prop boys but i doubt he needed to sign the whole philly either??

    http://www.amoretheking.com

  • accurate

    only real flaw with the album that i’m seeing is that it could be ll over the place. Like it aint got a topic, its just a medley of shit he thinks niggas is gon fuck wit. sounds like its too dense. might need to add water, u smell me?

    Like ma homies in Tribe Called Quest said back in the day: “Just be urself or u end up by yourself”

  • Rellextra

    YN ask Jay if he sees a future for the ignorant internet dumbies that populate internet sites?

    But seriously, ask if he will ever rhyme over a Primo beat again?
    Ask him to not allow diddy to say anything on his album unlike the ultimate classic album Life After Death.
    What will the second single be?

  • http://www.myspace.com/vega_diamond Vega Diamond

    is there going to be a fatal hooks track?

  • Roc4life

    I am a die hard Jay fan but I was really disappointed in Kingdom Come. I know I gotta respect Hov for his personal growth, but that was one album I couldnt relate to as well as other fans. I still got mad love for Hov and I wont have crazy expectations for this album like I have in the past but Hov is really coming off like Jordan at the end of his career with the Wizards. I hope he can drop a jewel because I been waiting for one for a minute since like ummmm…. Blue Print

  • FuckUPayMe618

    a song about heroin “disguised” as a love story, its been done a bunch of times, most recently by 50 cent, this album is gonna suck as hard as kingdom come, maybe a little bit better but not as great as jay z once was, jay has lost his ear for good music, YN get off the man’s buts fast cuz its a sinkin ship to be on…just watch, dude shoulda never came outta his “fake retirement”, its like what happened to jordan and we all know how badly jay wants to be known as the mike jordan or rap, he mentions it like on all his most recent songs

    ^^^^smh who do u listen 2? Let me guess lil wayne

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  • Vikes going all the way

    have a feeling its gonna be CLASSIC

  • Blizzie Mac

    YO A AGREE WITH VALENTINE ON THIS…IF JAY IS TRYING TO GO VINTAGE PUT PAIN IN THE ASS ON THE INTRO…THATS THE ONLY THING THATS GONNA SET JAY UP FOR THE SHOT SO HE CAN BANK THAT 3….YN PLEASE ASK IF PAIN IS GOING TO BE ON AG.

  • paychexx

    bout time hov, i mean jigga, bring it back to the street. i seen where you was going with the kingdom come album. It was just a grown up album. Now this what i been waitin’ for. street shit. dont get me wrong, the club bangers was just that. but everytime music start to sucks. I throw on reasonable doubt and blueprint or the black album. Just bring shit out. to all the people sayint the album too dark, eat a dick, he already cake up. and remember he say he wanted drop an album, that wasnt commercial, like fuck yall. hov hova hova. peace

  • Blizzie Mac

    thatwhitedude probably listens to Lil Wang all day and probably lives in the south fuckin texas or some shit talkin bout “oh lil wang is the best rapper alive, so what if he kiss the man who signs his checks. Shit, I kiss men and call them daddy too. I feel him nah talm bout, already.” fuck outta here man with that nonsense…WHO LISTENS TO A GUY WHO DOESNT CARE IF HIS BROAD WAS A PROSTITUTE AND FUCKED EVERY NIGGA THAT SHE EVER KNEW??? LIL DEWAYNE GOT PROBLEMS BOY.

  • younghov

    as him if he can do a song with mike shinoda or chester from linking park cause i really liked collision park.

  • younghov

    ask him if he can do a song with mike shinoda or chester from linking park cause i really liked collision park.

  • JD3

    is the whole album gonna be like The Prelude? i hope so, thats the best song on Kingdom Come

  • Cuban Link

    >>There’s also a new version of “Ignorant Shit” that features Beanie Sigel (the only guest rapper I heard so far)

    ^Reason enough for me to cop this

  • http://N/A 2hQ

    This album is gonna be “some-whole-other.” of course the music will be pivotal but more importantly the overt importance of the shit. I think it’s gonna mark the return of a new and credible era for this type of hip-hop that Jay-z embodies. And bring energy to where he wants to take the industry. I think the industry needed Fifty, but with integrity. Without that he’s just Vanilla Ice, or MC Hammer (crazy sales/no connection to anything real). The shift is happening.

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    already ill buy it. im bumpin the classic blueprint in my car right now.

  • Holla

    Ask Jay what was the inspiration behind the dynasty intro, trying decode it for 7 years now.

  • hnic247

    1. Knowing that wayne is 1 of the top will he consider doin a track wit him?
    2. Whats up wit the LOX?
    3. Can we look for an allure type of track on the album or even encore?
    4. Def. gotta ask about that Joe Budden project and is he goin to be on it

  • http://myspace.com/imonlymarlon marlon

    U got me hype as hell for this album! Then the hitmen doin production on here too! Instant classic!
    Meet the parents, best song on blueprint2 album!
    That cover looks like a continuation of the reasonable doubt cover for real. Can’t wait to hear him blast Imus on ignorant shit. Give me 16 tracks and that’ll take me to 2008!

    Please repeat after me there’s only 1 rule/I will not LOSE!

  • http://xxlmag.com houston’s finest

    if this album is dropping in november, then i’m waiting for december

  • Rae Tha Great

    Is Kanye and Just gonna appear on the album?

  • GI TI DIE

    What!?!?!?!?!

    I think he got another classic on his hands ladies in gentlemen. Up there with The Blueprint and Reasonable Doubt.

    He has the best catolog in the history of rap. Even his worst albums are classics in the game.

  • Chocolate rAIN

    Ask him when we can expect a Jay-Beyonce duet album? Just like Marvin-Ross

  • bbatson

    ask him why he started whisper rapping. I don’t mean that as a smart comment. He just really seemed to embrace it. I’m curious as to why he liked it so much.

  • Jordany

    (lyrical side of Reasonable Doubt meets musical majesty of Blueprint)

    I can’t wait for American Gangster to be released, it sounds like Jigga is coming back for the throne. Kingdom Come was not his best effort but, it was still a great album, it would have been the strongest album on almost any other rapper’s catalog. Puff & the Hitmen have produced some classic records in the past, i just hope they delivered the heat on this one, hopefuly (the usual suspects)Just Blaze, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Timbaland & 9th Wonder have tracks on the album as well.

  • mikewallace

    Jay-Z and Nas on some ol’ Phone Tap type o’ shit.

    ^^needs to happen.

  • t1n1

    Whats your source of information for American Gangster ? I read somewhere that NAS will feature on the track “The Return” and Kanye on “Vietnam” .

  • yung stunna

    ask him if he minds if i just download that shit

  • fg

    i just pre ordered this shit and after reading this review i am gonna buy five copies o the cd.i knew hov wouldnt go out like that.

    everytime niggaz have doubted him he has followed it up with a classic.

    wacth the classic pile up.the ltyrical flow is back.I CANT WAIT.

  • $tephflow

    Yo da boy Hovie is back!! YN i got 4 this 1…XXL 4 LIfE!!

  • Incilin

    Thanks for the scoop. YN be the bess! Fuck wha ya heard, YN does it for the people.

  • Arcey

    “meet the parents” should be a movie…3 acts for the kid, Isis & Mike the hustler. Jay u shouldn’t have retired, u lost some of that swag & didn’t comeback right with KINGDOM COME, i mean “…superman is alive…all i do is clim the charts, peter park’…” that was bullshit, son!!! YN how come u get all these exclusive convos & when it’s time for the interview shit’s always lukewarm. Jay, i want you to create what curtis mayfield, Isaac Hayes & Marvin Gaye did with their album inpired by a movie did – CLASSIC!
    ps: stop that chuckling/snicker at the beginning of every songs, life is not funny like that, ‘specially if u got lots of dough
    at last put up the original “ignorant shit” as bonus track so i can i have the mastered, no-DJ’s-shouts version of it

    co-sign with Smac – RZA taught Kanye & Just how to sample

  • Brandon

    Any production or input from kanye???

    Interesting question in my opinion, provided that he is the man of the hour at the moment…

    Good looking out on a great post!!!

  • thatwhitedude

    @ Blizzie Mac, why are you even mentionin lil wayne when i never even mentioned him initially???? are you that obsessed with him? and yet i’m the one being called a homo? stop sellin crack and go to school man forreals. and lmao @ everyone getting all hyped over the “reasonable doubt lyrics mixed with blueprint’s beats”, THAT IS THE MOST PREDICTABLE THING a jay hypeman like YN coulda said! sure its a great line, a great PR move and a great way to get people hyped for the album, but its just an empty statement until you really hear the music, and after kingdom come seriously what are the chances it will be what YN is claiming it to be? i mean if he can do it on this album why didnt he do it on the last one? anyone saying the last one was “decent” or anything better than garbage is jaded…

  • Gamma

    JOE BUDDEN’S ALBUM WHEN IS IT COMMING,AND IS PAIN IN THE ASS ON THE ALBUM? OKEY IM RELOADED!

  • MDAce15

    Meet the Parents is a classic Jay joint that is (like so many others) way ahead of its time and over alot of peoples heads. Only true hip hop fans seem to appreciate it. I just watched the VH1 special on reasonable doubt (any1 else catch it) and now im dyin to hear american gangster. Im anticipating it will be reasonable doubt subject matter with a mature, reflective jay perspective. Can’t wait!

  • MDAce15

    OKAY!… I’M RELOADED!!!

  • REESE

    WOW…..THIS POST HAS ME PUMPED FOR THE ALBUM….BUT I HAVE TOK NOW…

    1. IS “PAIN IN DA ASS” GOING TO BE ON THE ALBUM????

    2. IS THIS ALBUM JUST FOR “THE LOVE” AND NON-COMMERCIAL???? (IF SO THATS HOT)

    3. WHAT IS THE LIST OF PRODUCERS????

    4. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO CREATE “AMERICAN GANGSTER”????

    5. IS THIS YOU LAST ALBUM????

  • REESE

    OH YEA!……..I ALMOST FORGOT!

    OKAY!!………I’M RELOADED!!!!!!

  • Asim Qazi

    WHEN ARE YOU AND NAS GOING TO DO A WHOLE ALBUM TOGETHER????? WHY WOULDNT YOU???? IT WOULD SELL BILLLLLIONS!!! HAHA!

  • Fire

    I don’t believe that anything Jay makes will come close to Reasonable Doubt. He has the potential, but I don’t think it will happen. As much of classics as that and The Blueprint were, it’s not accurate to compare them to Jay’s new stuff. But I’m still anticipating this album.

  • skizzle

    Is he going to make a throwback ROC track with Bleek and Sigel spittin’ that 98′ flow?

  • SbuJah

    I have to say the fact that he has inspiration of some sort (even if it is a hollywood backed movie) gives me hope that the album will be focused and have some direction, unlike Kingdom Come, this one will be a sure fire crowd pleaser.

    My Q: Any possibility of Hov doing something with a backpacker supersar ( a Kweli, Common, those are the guys that can truly capture that 70′s feel)

  • T.R.E.Y.

    i definitely hope Dre ain’t on this album unless he’s working with some new people. some of his shit’s been borderline wack lately.

  • Gamma

    OH MAN I FORGOT ASK HIM ABOUT SAUCE MONEY TOO!!
    SHOUT OUT TO MY JIGGA FANS NOT HOVA MY JIGGA FANS
    OKEY IM RELOADED!

  • Game Over

    Ron Lee, your math is off.

    First of all, you’re not counting international sales and Hov is a monster overseas.

    Let’s say Hov sold 3.5 million worldwide with KC, which is fairly believable. At 10 bucks a unit, wholesale price, that’s 35 million dollars. Even at 7/unit, that’s around 22 million, i.e. double his dollars.

    Stop f**king trying to outsmart Hov and go back to school…

  • Game Over

    ps: People asking for Eminem production need to kill themselves.

  • illest

    i cant fuckin w8 4 this shit to drop! honestly kingdom come was aight…but this looks like its gonna be GOOD! Hov is back nd niggas lyk weezy better watch hw the God MC does it!

  • The Boss

    Why is everyone asking for Gayne?!
    Jay done ripped this industry while Gayne was having wet dreams over 702, lol.
    If Jay is going back to that 70′s sound, its all good. Don’t expect great sales though Jay…….

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  • http://MYSPACE.COM/SAGEANDDONP Chris Newberry

    I am relieved to hear that he knows that Blue Magic is not anywhere near the best track on the LP. I need the soulful, introspective, street savvy, bone chilling cold shit that he is best at delivering(“We go way back to when we was first learning to use rubbers/he never learned so in turn I’m kidnappin’ his baby’s mother”) How does he, with the pressures of running a label and the many other business endeavours that he is fully emmersed in, expect to maintain the same lyrical intensity and intricate wordplay that were utilized in those 2 great albums(Blueprint and Reasonable Doubt)?

  • black

    Hahaha Jay keep getting them fools money and keep letting them suck your dick and call you ”God” tastes good huh E.W.

  • REESE

    JAY-Z: “AMERICAN GANGSTER” TRACKLIST

    1. ‘Amen’
    2. ‘Blue Magic’
    3. ‘Untitled’
    4. ‘Alright, Alright’
    5. ‘You Don’t Know’
    6. ‘And The Winner Is’
    7. ‘American Gangster’
    8. ‘Welcome’
    9. ‘Ignorant Shit’
    1O. ‘The Demise’
    11. ‘I Get Money (Remix)’

    YOUR WELCOME!!!!!

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  • gary whitfield

    YN ask him how does he seperate Shawn Carter the hustler who have intricate tales of the streets who would love to just go in and do a full album about the influences of the streets to making an album that has to be balanced with the street and commercial that Jay-Z has been known for

  • REESE GREEDYGENIUS6@AOL.COM

    ^^^^^TRACKLIST AS OF YET…SUBJECT TO CHANGE^^^^^

  • http://hhfanatic.blogspot.com HHF

    ^^^click

    the 80s is back like crack and a gack

  • Greums Da God

    The One !

  • HollyHood

    u have 2 turn n a tracklist 4 itune pre sales!! jay is still workin on the album!! thats NOT the final list!!!

  • BOOGOLOGY

    Get ‘em Jigga!

  • AEROSTATLE

    1. PLEASE ASK HIM WHAT HIS THOUGHTS ON RECORD SALES OF LATE ARE? 2. JAY I AM THE BIGGEST FAN EVER BUT…WHY ARE THERE NO BLEEK FEATURES? JUST CURIOUS…

  • AEROSTATLE

    *RON LEE* YOU ARE DUMB AS SHIT. IF YOU WERE A HOVA FAN YOU WOULD KNOW ABOUT CROSS MARKETING DOLLARS DIP SHIT. STOP SAYING HOW MUCH YOU ASSUME HE SPENT BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW. THE SHIT WITH BUD WAS FREE IDIOT. HOVA PROBABLY MADE 1-2 MILLION WITH A FREE KC AD SPOT…NEGRO PLEASE

  • http://governmentnames.blogspot.com Al

    Ask him:

    - if any other Roc-A-Fella projects like Beanie and Freeway and Peedi are coming out anytime soon or if they’re all getting pushed back to 08 to make way for his shit

    - if he ever got the beat Polow Da Don said he tried to give him for Kingdom Come, and if he did anything with it

    - Ron Lee’s question up at the top of the comments (I’d love to hear an answer to that)

  • heebyjeeby

    Spent “10 MILLION ON MARKETING”? Negro, that came out of 50′s ass. If anything, he got paid to endorse those products, for the use of his music to promote their products. don’t believe everything that comes out of jealous nigga’s mouth.

  • heebyjeeby

    AEROSTATLE–Well said, I agree and wrote something similarbefore reading your post.

  • TrUe

    Cant Wait. J’s #1

  • Stephen C.

    5 Realistc Things Jay should Include:

    1.) A song featuing both Kanye West and Nas. Let see how Mr. West Can hold his own against two vets…That would really put West on another level.

    2.) Some type of Commentary by Denzel Washington…Nice Cross Promotion, and it would really add to the conceptualization of the album. Maybe and Outro.

    3.) Put Someone in thier place (ie: LL, Wayne, Jim…somebody)

    4.) Include the “I Get Money (remix)” only as a Bonus track. The buzz for this album basically killed the buzz for Fif’s single…To me, I can’t see how it would fit into a concept album of this nature.

    5.) Beef up the production on “Ignorant Shit”…I’m not sure if a verse by Beanie Sigeal will be enough…The song is so old..maybe it to0 can be a bonus track.

    5.) Beef up the production on “Ignorant Shit”…I’m not sure if a verse by Beanie Sigeal will be enough…The song is so old..maybe it to0 can be a bonus track.

    5.) Get another Eminem feature, but make that fool really rap…or better yet get Jaz-O or sauce money for track..do somethng totally un-expected is basically what i’m gettin at…My a song featuing some of Wu’s finest…Like ghost, rae & Meth …just make soemthing Epic

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Hey Mr. Wilson, quit tip ridin.

  • babyd0ll

    Ask him what happened to the US Def Jam Tour for the summer (Jay, Nas, Jeezy etc)? Will he do one now that AG will be released?
    Tell him he needs to get back to those monthly chats.

  • Fire

    Co-sign Stephen C on putting the “I Get Money” remix as a bonus, because that wouldn’t fit in with the album. I also agree with the Kanye West and Nas feature idea and having someone like Eminem or Sauce Money or the Wu or somebody he collaborated with back in the day. That would make the album fucking awesome.

  • THE PHILLY BRALLER

    First of all Blue Magic is wack I hope the whole cd is not wack like that.Please go back to the basic like Streets are watchin or the D’evils.Kingdomcom was to,too hollywood 3 alright song the rest garbage.You gotta have Beanie Segal the gangsta and Nas the story teller or maybe Rakim on their they fit right in with the thought of an american gangsta.No Kanye he dosen’t fit that image.No more songs with Beyonce.And please address Lil Wayne ruin his career and don’t sleep on LL.Yall both study the same book The 48 Laws Of Power.

  • madnice

    fuck gay-z
    how is a brooklyn nigga not goin to have someone as fine as beyonce pregnant?

  • http://CONSPIRACYUK.COM MENACE (MYSPACE.COM/MENACECONSPIRACY

    HOWS JAY GOING TO KEEP IT GUTTER AND GULLY WITHOUT DUDES RAPPERS LIKE GHOSTFACE AND SEAN PRICE ON THE ALBUM AND PRODUCERS LIKE PREMO AND 9TH ON IT.ITS ONLY RIGHT.JAY NEEDS TO BRING IT BACK TO THE STREETS FOR REAL AND GET AT DUDES LIKE THESE.

  • rebel music

    Here is the thing. Jigga is the man. One of the few good rappers remaining, at least that are known, because of course there has to be uncredited underground MC’s who are vicious. I hope this album puts hip-hop back in the map, not like all that crap that’s out, you see there is a lot of music out there, but only a few of it is good, Jay I hope you surprise me man. Nas should be on the album, and top good Hip-Hop producers should make it too man. Hope this is a good album, and not the last one. PEACE, love and music.

  • REESE

    I KNOW “HOLLYWOOD”……

    THATS WHY YOU CAN ONLY EITHER PRE-ORDER “BLUE MAGIC” BY ITSELF……

    OR PRE-ORDER THE WHOLE ALBUM ALL TOGETHER AND WHAT EVER THE REST OF THE TRACKLIST IS COMPRISED OF IS WHAT YOU WILL RECIVE ON THE RELEASE DATE (NOVEMBER 6TH)……LIKE I SAID……THE TRACKLIST I POSTED ABOVE IS JUST THE TRACKLIST *”RIGHT NOW”*!!!

    IT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE!!!

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  • NY NY

    This is for all the Kingdom Come haters. Kingdom come was the shit. Not classic, but then again maybe a classic. You gotta think of it from a different perpective. A black, Drug dealer from Brooklyn, into the king of rap music today. CEO of Def Jam and all that. He dropped a whole lot of knowledge for the young black rappers in the game on Kingdom come. He reached out to New York and abroad on the album. Listen to songs like 30 somethin, Lost One, Kingdom Come and Minority report. All future classics. Stop hatin. It wasn’t a classic but it was still very good and ya’ll just mad cuz Jay Z’s late work is better than 80 percent of today’s artist work. NY stand up. Alicia Keys (Queen of NY) I love you! Keep doin your thing.

  • NOR CAL MUFUCKAS!!!

    This is just going to be another shitty ass over rated Hov album. It will have some good tracks but nothing great. And whoever is marketing this movie is cashing in so hard on young dumb black kids. I wonder how long it will take to make t-shirts with screen prints of this movie. Jay-Z is just a rappers Denzel. Always a solid performance but nothing great, always the same shit, different toilet. And does the words sell out mean anything anymore? Is it now cool to sell your face on everything possible? Also Ems new album would put this to shame if he stopped producing his own shit. Lyrically he will shit on this and Jays last album but like i said his beats have been off.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    Eminem “lyrically shitting on” Jay at this point?

    glad i don’t got your definition of lyricism

  • Janelle

    An album, made by a boss, produced by a boss.

    Sounds fun.

  • http://so3mg.com Los.So3

    THIS IS HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

  • Benjamins

    Hov is God MC cant wait for this album. Fuck the haters and how can anyone compare lil wang to jay, i mean really it just shows you how ignorant people have really become. Go kiss your daddys.

  • http://www.myspace.com/guripent Show

    HOV IS BACK!!!! That article got me hyped too, I need another single to hold me off til the album
    HOVIES HOME!!!

  • Emilio

    Ask Hov if he’s gonna get a Premo track on there.

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  • http://ATL REAL TALK

    dawg 4 yall who say Kingdom Come was a flop,u need 2 do some math! lets say he sells 1.5 mil & each CD is $16? grab yur calculator & call the ambulance when u have a heart attack

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  • http://www.myspace.com/thesickestdrama TSD

    Yo Elliot, on the real – tell that cat that if he does “Ignorant Shit” with Beans on the same Isley sample, that he needs to send the original solo vocal tracks to 9th or Alc so they can make a remix as a hidden bonus joint on the disc. That solo version of Ignorant shit is damn near classic, and if he hits 9th or Alc for a remix, he’ll do what he did on blueprint with Girls, Girls, Grils and the Kanye Remix to keep the Blueprint paralells running. Furthermore, 9th needs a spot on that shit, his Black Album remixes was hotter than the shit he gave to Nas on the God’s Stepson. Realk Talk.

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  • http://thetruthspeaksloudly.blogspot.com Kev Clark

    Hey, E-Dub –

    Is Hank Shocklee still doing mad work on the album too?

  • BROOKLYN

    YO jay is the man he is the best by far.I have an idea for the next album jay and nas a tail of two hustlers take nas back to the street.This album will have a lot of people tight.Never count out BROOKLYN

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