Jay-Z Planning ”Experimental” Follow-Up to BP3
Looks like Jiggaman got his swagger back. Before his new album, The Blueprint 3, even officially hits shelves Jay-Z already has plans for his next album.
In an interview with MTV News, the Brooklyn-bred rap superstar revealed that he will be heading in a new musical direction for his next disc. “My next album, which I’m working on now — that’s exclusive, no one knows that — is gonna be the album that really … it’s not gonna be a #1 album,” he told mtv.com. “That’s where I’m at right now. I wanna make the most experimental album I ever made. But let’s not deal with that now; I want to deal with The Blueprint 3.” [Watch Below]
BP3 is scheduled to drop on September 11, commemorating the eight-year anniversary of his first Blueprint album and the tragic fall of New York’s Twin Towers. Featuring guest spots from Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Young Jeezy, Drake, Kid Cudi, Pharrell and Rihanna, the highly anticipated CD leaked onto the net earlier this week.
Hov graces the cover of the October issue of XXL. In the story, he defends his status as the greatest of all time. “But when I say I’m the best, I don’t say that outta my ass,” he declared. “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.”
Jay’s XXL issue hits stands on September 15. –Max G