Jay-Z plans to drop a new album on July 4th. Debuted during the NBA Finals Game 5, it was quite a shock to hear that the album was dropping this soon. Not much fanfare has been made about the project. There’s been no hit singles, or tracklistings, or even producers talking about working with Jay. Only thing that’s really been shown are people posing with Hov in the studio.
Does this mean that we will see these three on a track together? That would be a truly glorious moment for Hip-Hop history. It was supposedly taken at Kanye’s birthday celebration, so there is no guarantee that a track is in the works. However, they could be disguising it with a birthday celebration (Kanye’s idea), in order to build all sorts of huge anticipation for one of the greatest features ever seen (definitely Kanye’s idea). Of course, this is all speculation, as there is no way for me to actually know if there is a track or not.
The real question is, which kind of Jay-Z will we get here? Will we get Watch the Throne type? Or maybe we’ll get the “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix)” version. You could argue both are similar, even, with Watch the Throne just being a bit more of a sporadic version. Or, maybe Jay will open the way for a lot of new artists coming up in the game (a torch-passing of sorts), kind of like what he did with Dynasty Roc La Familia.
It’s definitely hard to say I’m not excited for this album, as it could end up being something we haven’t heard from Jay-Z in quite some time. Especially with all these possible features, and all of the legendary producers now being revealed in this video down below:
Hard to say that many rappers have a bigger voice than Jay-Z in the Hip-Hop world right now, and he’s showing it off with the style and pizzazz that only someone of his stature could do.
All eyes on you, Hova.
UPDATE: new tracklist!
1. Picasso Baby
4. Tom Ford
5. Beach Is Better
9. Part II (On The Run)
11. La Familia
12. Jay-Z Blue
13. Nickels & Dimes