Jay-Z Goes Gangsta


Posted September 21, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

Hey, remember when rapper-turned-CEO Jay-Z said he was retiring? Only to come out of retirement a few years later with the so-so Kingdom Come album?

Well, Hova is back with a vengeance now as he’s already knocked out another new album, to be released this November!

American Gangster is baded on the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed film of the same name, which stars Denzel Washington. The MC/ Def Jam president told The New York Times this week that he was so moved by a recent screening of the gritty action flick that he began recording a new project to be released four days after the November 2 box-office debut of the movie. Yet this CD is not the soundtrack to the film, per say. It’s being called a concept album inspired by the movie.

"It was like I was watching the film and putting it on pause and giving a back story to the story," Jay said. "Watching that film, it brought back all these memories. It took me back to those emotions."

But the real big news here is that sources who have heard the album say the songs are a return to the sound of Jay's Blueprint era, when his production was drenched in '70s-era soul samples and rap style much, much harder.

The album's first single, "Blue Magic," was produced by the Neptunes and has already been leaked on the internet, with radio play sure to follow.

MTV.com: Jay-Z At Work On Concept Album Inspired By 'American Gangster' Film

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Jay-Z Goes Gangsta


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