[artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] [article id="1605288"]will not be Axl Rose[/article] — as he joked to MTV News earlier this year — regarding the long wait for his Blueprint 3 LP. Sources close to the situation have confirmed information from radio personality Miss Info's Twitter page stating that Jay will release Blueprint 3 on September 11, eight years to the day after the release of the first Blueprint album. Hov's new set reportedly will be coming out via a new partnership with the Warner Music Group.
While the first Blueprint album was released on a truly horrific day, it provided escapism for many at the time and remains arguably the greatest opus in Jay's catalog. The album introduced [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] and [artist id="1551525"]Just Blaze[/artist] to the forefront of the production world, with soulful soundscapes to complement Jigga's timeless quotables. B3 went into production in 2008 and last spring, Jay announced the album during a Kanye West concert at Madison Square Garden; he also debuted a track from the album, [article id="1592626"]"Jockin' Jay-Z."[/article] Kanye, the only producer who has been announced for the album, recently told MTV News that [article id="1612158"] he and Jay had scrapped some earlier tracks[/article] recorded for the LP (ones including the Auto-Tune device West used extensively on his recent 808s and Heartbreak LP), and he also revealed that his new artist, singer [article id="1611532"]Mr. Hudson, will make an appearance on the record.[/article]
Since most of Jay's albums have had quick turnarounds, fans were expecting Blueprint 3 to be released much sooner. However, Jay has explained in interviews that he was taking his time and actually didn't like not having a deadline to meet. The MC recently [article id="1611958"]parted ways with his longtime label, Def Jam,[/article] clearing the way for him to release Blueprint 3 via a different company. Last week reports emerged that Jay was in the process of [article id="1612307"]negotiating deals[/article] with both Sony Music and the Warner Music Group. MTV News has confirmed that Blueprint 3 will be coming out via Roc Nation. WMG/ Atlantic will be handling the distribution, marketing and promotion.
Neither Jay nor his rep has released a statement. Jay — who gave a [article id="1613079"]surprise performance in Los Angeles with Eminem on Monday[/article] — kicks off his [article id="1611191"]tour with Ciara[/article]
in Las Vegas on July 3.
[This story was originally published at 1:40 pm E.T. on 6.04.2009]