We’ve been a little unimpressed with what we’ve heard and seen of Jay-Z’s forthcoming album, The Blueprint 3 (out September 11), but two new tracks off the record that came out over the weekend have me feeling slightly less skeptical.
Both are produced by Timbaland, who has provided Jay some of the best beats of his career (“Big Pimpin” anyone?), and they seem to get him out of his funk. The best is “Reminder,” which is classic sci-fi Timbo (the other is embedded after the jump):
Though less immediately gripping than “Reminder,” another of Timbaland’s three tracks off the album, “Off That” with Drake might actually feature better verses from Hov. I especially like the beginning of the second verse, where he raps “They say black vs. white my nigga we off that/ please tell Bill O’Reilly to fall back/ tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my balls/ it’s 2010 not 1864.” Check it out: