Tag Archives: Blueprint 3

On Empire State of Mind, New York Anthems, and The King of New York

NOTE: This is not a completed treatise, just a collection of thoughts for the moment. I certainly plan on revisiting this subject once I’ve organized my mind a bit better, but I just wanted to get this out. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Music, On... | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Best Rapper Alive: A Manifesto

Fans of Lil Wayne. Fans of Jay-Z. Fans of Nas. Fans of Drake. Fans of all of four. Fans of None. This is for you. There was a time, before I was a sentient Hip Hop listener, when an emcee … Continue reading

Posted in Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

“Make sure the coke is fluffy”

Much has been written about Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II in the week since it’s release. I hope (and think) there’s still more to be said, so I’m back. This post is a spiritual successor to my post on … Continue reading

Posted in Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

While You Wait for III

Waiting in eager anticipation for the Blueprint 3? I find that watching earlier Jay-Z videos has the ability to temporarily soothe the pain. Here are some of my favorites from the past 20 years.  The Originator

Posted in Film, Music | Tagged , | 4 Comments