Kanye West surprised his New York fans at the Madison Square Garden leg of his Glow in the Dark tour by bringing out Jay-Z to close out the show. Concertgoers probably expected a memorable performance, but what they didn't expect was Jay-Z's announcement of his upcoming album, Blueprint III, his last album on Def Jam.
A video posted on Kanye's blog last night shows the two rap greats performing a song Kanye produced for Jay-Z's new album, Blueprint III. The song which is stacked atop an SUV-friendly bass will surely set clubs ablaze this summer.
Jay-Z kicked off his verse by touching on the Glastonbury controversy that led Oasis singer Noah Gallagher to criticize his inclusion at the festival. Gallagher stated that rap had no place at Glastonbury, a traditionally guitar-heavy event. In response, Jay-Z put on a show by launching his Glastonbury set with a mock performance of Oasis' "Wonderwall," guitar in hand."That bloke from Oasis said I couldn’t play guitar. Somebody shoulda told ‘em I’m a fucking Roc star," raps Jay-Z on his new Blueprint III song. Kanye repeatedly chanted a hook that sounded like "Jockin' Jay-Z, jockin' Jay-Z."
Ask any Jay-Z fan and they'll tell you that his 2001 CD, The Blueprint, remains one of his greatest albums ever. Jay has been trying to recapture the magic of that album to no avail. The first Blueprint follow-up, 2002's Blueprint 2: The Gift and The Curse, marked a low point in Jay-Z's catalog, as the album suffered from excessive filler material and forced collaborations. Let's hope he can deliver the goods this time.