Another [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] song leaked online last month — that's OK, just make some more. [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] says he's just a handful of records away from finishing Jay's The Blueprint 3, again.
"I finished his album and he released four songs that were potentially gonna be on the album," West said last week on Sway and King Tech's "Wake Up Show." "So I gotta go back and do four. I just did one beat the other day in Hawaii — probably one of the best hip-hop beats of all time, if I do say so myself. I just gotta do three more beats and we're done, 'cause he's got classics. He's got songs that are better than any of the things you've heard leaked."
Two records that Kanye says should make B3's final cut are "Everyday a Star is Born" and "Forever Young."
"You know what it was — every year I do two albums' worth of really dope beats," he explained. "This year, [artist id="1184"]Common[/artist] did his album with [artist id="1242768"]Pharrell[/artist], and I did 808s & Heartbreak and Blueprint 3. So just imagine the caliber of beats on the last two Common albums I did — Jay-Z has those types of beats. Those caliber of beats. A beat like 'The People,' that's the highest caliber of beat."
In 2009, at least one album's worth of beats looks like it will be set aside for a Kanye LP.
"I'm just gonna do what I'm gonna do and people are gonna love it because I do really fresh sh--," he laughed. "When I do it, I feel like I'm gonna rap, I'm gonna go back-and-forth on it. I feel like I'm gonna sing here and there. Because I used Auto-Tune so much, it put me in the mode of doing melodies. I got a new song coming out with Beyoncé called 'Ego.' I don't know why she wanted me on it. I didn't use Auto-Tune, but I hit certain lines because I used it so much it's like almost having training wheels. So it's incorporating new styles."
Kanye doesn't have a release date for his LP, and there's no firm date for The Blueprint 3, either.