Jay-Z explains why he went back to the lab with Kanye West to refine his musical blueprint one more time.
Recently, Jay-Z has been seen on various media outlets and has been a part of the inauguration ceremonies for President Obama. With all of this coming up, it's been easy to forget what was once the most highly anticipated album since Dr. Dre's Detox in Jay's Blueprint 3. Now, Jigga has released news on the album and more.
"For me, the process of making an album is difficult with so many things going on," he told MTV. "And me, I wanna make it beyond and above. I'm gonna take my time with it. I don't have any quotas, and that's a good thing. It may be too freeing. It's a good thing and a bad thing. You know, I think I need some restrictions. 'Cause if I had restrictions, I would have done it in three weeks. I would have made what I believe to be a great piece of art."
Months ago, Kanye West spoke on the album, which many believe will be entirely produced by Yeezy [click to read].
"He wanted to do a few more joints, so he kinda pushed it back. Now we're gonna go in and just work on some more records. So I got some more stuff to kill it with! I think [Jay pushed the album back because] 'Swagger' just did so incredible. We wanted to go up [and make sure] everything was on that level."
Jay also added that "Brooklyn (We Go Hard)" [click to listen] is currently on the new album.
"I actually recorded a lot of records already. You know, all those records that leaked [online] were on 'The Blueprint 3'."
In addition to being one of the most talked about albums, it will also be his last on Def Jam. While he did sign a very lucrative deal with Live Nation [click to read], no official word has been given in regards to his distribution.