What Should’ve Been: Jay-Z x Ketchums “Blueprint 3.5”

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My scanner isn’t large enough to capture the entire two-page spread, but the above photo was from an old issue of VIBE magazine that had an article about Jay-Z written by dream hampton. And the photo, to me, shows how Jay-Z’s music operates when he’s at its best: being able to embrace Jay’s corporate, mature side while still remembering how he got there. Unfortunately, his new album, Blueprint 3, seemed to be so focused so much on where he’s going that he loses a bit of perspective from his past.

You’re my favorite rapper, Jay. So I’m going to give your fans an opportunity to chalk this album up to being overambitious, and give them another chance to see the balance that you’ve actually shown since American Gangster.

Enter  The Blueprint 3.5. Somewhat similar to how Blueprint 2.1 condensed the bloated double-disc Blueprint 2, this collection takes the best from Jay’s new album and combines them with other songs that, whether due to leaks or bad selection, didn’t make the cut. It’s 12 tracks long – nine tracks that were actually on the album and three that should’ve been. It also cuts six songs that I thought weren’t as good as they could’ve been, and intentionally excludes a couple other leaks that some may have thought this sort of mix would include. (Honorable mentions – “What We Talkin About” is dope lyrically, but the beat is too all over the place.  “Jockin Jay-Z” and “Ain’t I” aren’t as bad as the low moments on BP3, but they still aren’t memorable to me, and it didn’t fit with my sequencing.) I think I sequenced this nearly as well as the real Blueprint 3 was sequenced (despite it having so many songs that I don’t like), so I’d be interested to see what my readers think.

Here it goes:

  1. “So Ambitious” (feat. Pharrell)
  2. Thank You
  3. D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)
  4. Brooklyn (Go Hard) (feat. Santogold)
  5. On To The Next One (feat. Swizz Beatz)
  6. Run This Town (feat. Rhianna, Kanye West)
  7. Empire State Of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
  8. Real As It Gets (feat. Young Jeezy)
  9. History
  10. A Star Is Born (feat. J. Cole)
  11. Already Home (feat. Kid Cudi)
  12. When The Money Goes (Bonus Track)*

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  • Mr. Genius here (lol). I ended up revamped my BP3 for the iPod as well. Quick question tho: did you trying adding “What We Talkin About” before “So Ambitious”? Didn’t flow right?

    Anyways, here’s the tracklisting I did (it ended up being 14 cuts):

    01. What We Talkin’ About (feat. Luke Steele of Empire of The Sun)
    02. Brooklyn (We Go Hard) (feat. Santigold)
    03. D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
    04. Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)
    05. Maybach Music (feat. Rick Ross)
    – Hell, “Real As It Gets” is pretty much a Jeezy track so why not? Also, Justice League DEFINITELY should have been apart of BP3.
    06. Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)
    07. Dead Presidents III
    – acts almost like an interlude, flows pretty well into “On To The Next One”
    08. On To The Next One (Feat. Swizz Beatz)
    09. A Star is Born (feat. J. Cole)
    10. Ain’t I (feat. Timbaland )
    – > than the other tracks that Tim gave Jay, subject matter flows well into “Hate”
    11. Hate (feat. Kanye West)
    12. Already Home (feat. KiD CuDi)
    13. So Ambitious (feat. Pharrell Williams)
    14. Thank You
    – almost like a victory lap

    Check it out and let me know how it sounds to you (via Twitter) lol

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  • Cli-City

    1. What we talking bout (different Production)
    2. Thank You
    3. D.O.A (Death of Autotune)
    4. Run This Town ft. Rihanna and Kanye West
    5. Empire State Of Mind ft. Alicia Keys and Nas(Come on this would’ve been historical)
    6. Brooklyn We Go Hard
    7. Real As It Gets ft. Young Jeezy
    8. Off that ft Drake (A verse from Drake would’ve been great
    9. Star Is Born ft. J.Cole
    10. Venus Vs Mars (Different Production)
    11. Jockin Jay Z
    12. Hate Ft. Kanye West (New Kanye Verse)
    13. Aint I ft. Timberland
    14. Young Forever ft. Mr. Hudson
    15. History

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  • Mine combines Kingdom Come With The Blueprint 3:

    Thy Kingdom Come: The Blueprint 3

    1. The Prelude (KC)
    2. What We Talkin’ Bout featuring Luke Steele (BP3)
    3. Run This Town featuring Kanye West & Rihanna (BP3)
    4. History
    5. I Made It (KC)
    6. Thank You (BP3)
    7. Empire State of Mind featuring Alicia Keys (BP3)
    8. Do U Wanna Ride featuring John Legend (KC)
    9. Lost Ones featuring Chrisette Michele (KC)
    10. Hate featuring Kanye West (BP3)
    11. Already Home featuring Kid Cudi (BP3)
    12. Young Forever featuring Mr. Hudson (BP3)
    13. Beach Chair featuring Chris Martin (KC)

    It may seem to be oversaturated with guest appearances but they don’t out shine Jay in the least. Plus, they’re all on the book (except Kanye) so the album still remains his.

  • *hook

  • dotcj2

    I agree on you on the most part but how can you not include Young Forever on there? That song is one of the best Jay has every done, imo.

  • Tuck

    I agree with you ketch’… all except for ‘”On to the next one”. That Swizz Beats track was disappointing, to say the least.