Jay-Z Plugs New Studio Track Into Unplugged LP

Cut closes with MC's plans for Blueprint 2.

Though the rest of his next album is Unplugged, Jay-Z will have "People Talkin' " with a plugged-in dividend.

When it arrives in stores on December 18, Jay-Z Unplugged will include a new studio track, "People Talkin'," as a bonus, according to a spokesperson for Roc-A-Fella Records.

Produced by Ski, who molded beats for much of Jay's debut, Reasonable Doubt, the track displays yet another wit-filled Jigga freestyle. "Throw in the towel/ I'm better with vowels," he says. "Come and try to take me for granted/ I'll take you off this planet," he later warns.

The audio companion to his appearance on MTV2's "Unplugged" series, Jay-Z Unplugged features the MC performing past hits and cuts off his September album, The Blueprint, backed by hip-hop band the Roots and an orchestra (see "Jay-Z Cuts The Cord On Upcoming 'Unplugged' Album").

Unplugged is Jay-Z's third album to be released in little over a year. As "People Talkin' " comes to an end, the MC, who celebrates his birthday Tuesday (December 4), suggests that his next LP will arrive in less than a year's time: "The Blueprint 2, baby," he declares. "See y'all in November."

The Jay-Z Unplugged track list, according to Roc-A-Fella Records:

  • "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"

  • "Takeover"

  • "Girls, Girls, Girls"

  • "Jigga What, Jigga Who"

  • "Big Pimpin' "

  • "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)"

  • "Can I Get A ... "

  • "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"

  • "Ain't No N---a"

  • "Can't Knock the Hustle"/ "Family Affair" (feat. Mary J. Blige)

  • "Song Cry"

  • "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)"

  • "Jigga That N---a"

  • "People Talkin' "

For a feature interview with Jay-Z, check out "Jay-Z: Blueprint For Success."