Jay Z Cutting Away Fat
Jay-Z is ready to present the public with his original vision for The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse. Scheduled for release on April 8, The Blueprint 2.1 will be one CD, featuring Jay's favorite songs from his current double album in addition to two unreleased tracks.
In October, Jay said that he originally wanted to put out just out one CD but was convinced by his Roc-A-Fella camp to make The Gift & the Curse a double LP.
Among the tracks included on The Blueprint 2.1 are 'A Dream,' 'Hovi Baby,' 'Excuse Me Miss,' 'Guns & Roses,' 'Meet the Parents,' 'Some How Some Way,' 'What They Gonna Do, Pt. II,' ' '03 Bonnie & Clyde,' 'The Watcher 2' remix and 'All Around the World.'
A spokesperson for Jay said it was still unclear what unreleased material would appear on the LP. Jay does have a new song getting play on New York radio stations called 'Stop,' produced by Swizz Beatz. 'Get My Sh-- Off,' produced by Timbaland, hit mixtapes and the Internet late last year but has yet to pop up on any album. And Jay recently recorded a remix of Aaliyah's 'Miss You' (see 'Jay-Z Tells Aaliyah Dame's Doing Well, Missy Misses Her On New Remix' ).
The MC's rep also said the Jiggaman has not recorded a remix of Talib Kweli's 'Get By,' as Roc-A-Fella had recently told MTV News.
In addition to the new, stripped-down Blueprint 2, Jay-Z will also be putting out an S. Carter Collection mixtape to coincide with the release of his Reebok sneaker of the same name on April 18.
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