The Jay-Z news cycle’s sped up in anticipation of The Blueprint 3, between “Death Of Auto-Tune,” replacing the Beasties at APW, and having MGMT guest on the new LP. Get used to it. And while the auto-tune eulogy came as an early leaked mission statement, it’s the poppy “Run This Town” that figures as the new LP’s first official single. Rihanna’s got the hook, Kanye takes a verse, and to his long list of titles you may now call Jigga “Caesar.” Hear it:

The Blueprint 3 is out 9/11 via Roc Nation/Atlantic.

Comments (115)
  1. jack  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    sounds like auto-tune’s still kickin, caesar

  2. ughhhhhhh  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    people are into crap like this?

  3. billy side  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    why are jay z and rihanna on this blog?

  4. Billy Side  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    quote from the about section of STEREOGUM.COM:
    About Us
    Welcome to Stereogum

    Since 2002, Stereogum has been the leading online community for indie and alternative music news, MP3s, trends, and gossip.

    INDIE AND ALTERNATIVE MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • steve  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      Pitchfork is the same way. They used to be pretentious just about indie and rock music, but now that they have big sponsored I-Tunes banners on their homepage, they have to be pretentious about rap too. Here’s a quote: “(the new Jay-Z song) leaked this morning, and it bangs”…. “late summer jam alert!”… Would we have seen shit like this circa 2001? I think not. Pitchfork and Stereogum sold out a long time ago. I wish they would quit trying to “hip”.

    • sold out? how much do you pay to visit this site and bless us with your comments.. this is just news. bitch.

    • Daniel  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

      Yeah he bought his contract from DefJam a couple of months ago and is now a solely independent artist.

    • max  |   Posted on Jul 28th, 2009 0

      It’s too bad you talk like an idiot, because you make a valid, if not crucial point.

  5. Sean  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    obviously all three of these artists have considerable interest directed towards them by “the type of people” who also happen to like indie/alternative/pazz & jop/critic-rock. you’re seriously gonna give stereogum flack for posting a jay-z song in 2009? we settled this shit back in 2003 or whatever.

    omg heavenstabetsy a summer banger from one of the most respected rappers of all time where the fug is the fuzzbox?

    • Chris  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      Thank you.

    • Billy Side  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      yeah. let’s turn this into MTV.com!! Where’s the Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry posts?
      The point is this is not a mainstream forum. Underground rap exists, so why not post about that? Dr. DOOOM, JAYLIB, etc.
      Sorry, JAY-Z does not need anymore promotion.

    • Pete Fontaine  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0


      I would just like to say that I have been reading through the posts on this thread, and yours have consistently been fantastic.


  6. Because pitchfork posted it first.

  7. psh  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    yeah, how DARE you offend our pretentious, closed, elitist minds with a short post about something outside of our realm!? how DARE you.

  8. Sean  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    now i know i’m posting on stereogum here which isn’t particular reknown for its open-minded, insightful commentators, but shit is getting ridiculous:

    1. steve, do you actually have any understanding whatsoever of what the word “pretentious” means? If “leaked this morning, and it bangs” and “late summer jam alert!” are examples of pretentious writing than any clear channel dj must qualify to lecture at a professorial symposium on solipsistic viewpoint and existential crisis in eastern bloc cinema 1952-57.

    2. You wouldn’t have seen “this shit” in 2001 because online indie-rock journalism was still stuck in the dark, musty underworld of mothers’ basement and absurd notions of “authenticity” reigned supreme. Those idolator popists have been pretty annoying the past few years but they served a very important utility back in the earlier part of this decade.

    3. ya mang, ya “SOLD OUT”. How dare stereogum and pitchfork highlight great music wherever its found – don’t you know you’ve got a format to maintain?!?! Why focus on this mainstream pap at the expense of discovering a new BLACK KIDS or CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH or ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI or BLOC PARTY or SOME OTHER GOD AWFUL INDIE-BY-NUMBERS MADE BY SWEATY WHITE PEOPLE FOR CONFUSED REASONS OF AUTHENTICITY OH MY GAWD I GUESS THIS TOPIC IS GONNA GET LIKE A HUNDRED COMMENTS NOW RIGHT OK

    4. Nice beat

    • steve  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      You are funny. Nice beats do not equal great music, contrary to popular belief. Only people that have no musical ability think that.

      I didn’t say the quote was pretentious, their attitude about music in general is. And I suppose because rap is the dominant musical genre socially, online indie journalists should cram it down our throats too? Leave mainstream rap in the mainstream, otherwise, how is it indie rock journalism? They may as well be Rolling Stone. That’s what they are on their way to being anyway.

      • Phil B  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

        I’m gonna disagree with you there. Lots of people like “beats” and have “musical ability”. I, however, doubt that you have the latter in addition to lacking “taste”. But, I might be wrong.

    • astro  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      i don’t know. i kinda like this guy.

  9. I’m sure if you wait long enough they’ll post something about Atlas Sound or whatever. No need to get in a huff over the rap music the kids are listening to these days.

  10. monsterBL  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    Death of Auto Tune? Rihannas voice? Am I missing something here?

  11. alex  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    Everybody needs to shut the fuck up. Jeez louise. So much whining!

  12. - Totally merits posting.
    - Jury out on Rihanna / Auto-Tune use. She might just be singing like that. It’s not blatant, but certainly suspect.
    - Not Jay’s finest work, especially for a long-awaited summer jam / lead single.
    - All that said, if Kanye’s verse didn’t make you grin at least 5 times, you don’t have a pulse.

    • jjazznola  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      “All that said, if Kanye’s verse didn’t make you grin at least 5 times, you don’t have a pulse.” I guess I have no pulse. This is just more crap that all 3 of these so-called artists seem to put out. They need a new formula. The rappers with the girl singing a verse is kinda old no?

  13. Dude  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    BAWWWWW, why is Jay-Z and Rihanna here, were’s mah hipster garbage???

  14. Billy Side  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    yeah. let’s turn this into MTV.com!! Where’s the Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry posts?
    The point is this is not a mainstream forum. Underground rap exists, so why not post about that? Dr. DOOOM, JAYLIB, etc.
    Sorry, JAY-Z does not need anymore promotion.

    • jjazznola  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      Well said Billy. I think Kanye is a talentless idiot. Why is it all the rappers these days have to team up all the time? Maybe because they don’t have enough talent to carry an entire song, cd or show by themselves.

  15. john balls  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    thats not auto tune. its rihanna’s voice. and its a great late summer song. whats the problem? I always thought this site was for music lovers not music snobs. that shit is so annoying.

  16. vlad  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    Why is everyone crying “sell-out” because Pitchfork and Stereogum have both posted the new Jay-Z single? I mean, Tom Breihan wrote the fucking thing, and anyone familiar with his now-defunct “Status Ain’t Hood” column in the Village Voice knows that he’s been writing about hip-hop, mainstream or otherwise, for years. This isn’t some blatant cash grab. And the reactions to this post have only reinforced why I’ve been so fucking bored with the “indie” music scene for over a year now.

  17. JOHN33  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    You people are unbelievably lame. Go listen to Wavves

    • moe  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      Yes – these people buck at anything that’s not included in pitchfork’s best new music section and then they’ll go on about how they hate pitchfork.

    • orange  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

      I’m thinking about running to a million different computers to thumb up that comment as many times as possible.

  18. jao  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    I wonder if Jay Z will address that little bitch The Game’s diss of him. Did The Game not get the memo, YOU ARE NOT ON JAY’S LEVEL.

    And this song would be so much better without Kanye’s verse. My god that shit is awful.

  19. Yoda  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    “Where’s the Britney Spears”

    First of all, welcome newcomer and, to answer your question, try looking at Steregum at its beginning – constant Britney coverage. Oh, you kids and your newfound indie discovery…it’ll get easier as you grow up, develop your own personality and stop caring about belonging to a “scene”. Relax and enjoy whatever you want, dude.

  20. …as pitchfork gives it a 7.5 or higher.

  21. Sean  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    haha, yeah Stereogum is some real underground shit. l guess this so-underground-its-melting-at-the-earths’-core blog should be defined by a few confused commenters who don’t entirely grasp that musical quality isn’t contingent on maintaining a firm distance from the apparent overground, but rather by, you know, the people (dude?) who operate and maintain this blog. hasn’t stereogum been posting mainstream-y songs of distinction for years now?

    Blogs like these aren’t here to shower “promotion” on “worthy” subjects – they’re here to inform their readership about quality music. like the majority of people reading this blog, i never really ever listen to the radio. how am i supposed to stay informed about quality mainstream music if not through channels like this? does it offend your sensibilities so much that stereogum would post a good jay-z/kanye/rihanna song that you would banish me to slog through the wasteland of mtv.com to find the few diamonds in the rough (like this song) that materialize every year.

    Listen, i get it. you’re in grade eleven, you’re relatively new to this whole indie-rock world, and that abercrombie-wearing jock douchetard and his girlfriend who looks like an extra on the hills nearly run you over in the school parking lot while lil wayne is heaving out of their dad’s borrowed bmw.” those are the kinda idiots who listen to that kind of music”, you say to yourself, “not like me, I listen to music that has genuine value and meaning. Music that is a true reflection of being, of feeling, of musical virtue. Music like the Decemberists and Of Montreal”. then you get home, log onto arguably the most obvious/prominant/recognizable zack braffishly indie blog in existence and there is that music again! that music made by robots and corporate executives or something and with absolutely no regard for the fact that good music can only be produced with picks hitting strings and sticks thumping toms!

    • Fan of Sean  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      Well put.

    • Billy Side  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      I don’t listen to any of the music on this blog. It’s all shit. Everything after 1980 is shit. I read this site in hopes that one day someone will do something with merit and get promoted for it. Someone with a sense of duty and musical history. That day has yet to come. Until then, give me Buddy Holly.

      • “Everything after 1980 is shit.”


        • Bob Villian  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

          learn your music history son. Nothing new has been done since 1980. Everything is a regurgitated turd.

          • Learn my music history? Really?

            Just for kicks, let’s take a little stroll through my post-1980 music collection:

            This Heat – Deceit
            Brian Eno & David Byrne – My Life In The Bush of Ghosts
            Television Personalities – …And Don’t The Kids Just Love It
            Black Flag – Damaged
            The Clash – Sandinista!
            Kraftwerk – Computer World
            X – “Wild Gift”
            The Gun Club – Fire of Love
            Mission of Burma – Vs.
            The Human League – Dare
            Bauhaus – Mask
            New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies
            The Cure – Pornography
            Madness – The Rise and Fall…
            Kate Bush – The Dreaming
            Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
            ESG – Come Away With ESG
            Elvis Costello – Imperial Bedroom
            Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
            The Birthday Party – Junkyard
            Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
            REM – Murmur
            THE THE – Soul Mining
            Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
            Echo & The Bunnymen – Porcupine
            U2 – War
            Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising
            Meat Puppets – II
            Minor Threat – Out of Step
            The Replacements – Let It Be
            Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime
            The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace
            Cocteau Twins – Treasure
            Mekons – Fear and Whiskey
            Big Black – Atomizer
            The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
            The Smiths – Meat is Murder
            The Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy
            Rites of Spring – Rites of Spring
            Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Don’t Stand Me Down
            Billy Bragg – Talking With The Taxman…
            Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring
            Sonic Youth – EVOL
            Throwing Muses – Throwing Muses
            XTC – Skylarking
            Bad Brains – I Against I

            And that gets us to about 1986. I could go on, but typing that much was enough. Enjoy your “Eagles: Their Greatest Hits” or whatever it is you grade papers to.

          • autotune  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

            Bob Villain is right. Your whole list is regurgitated. Iggy Pop, Joy Division, The Velvet Underground are all the originators of the type of music you list. Sorry dude.

          • Iggy Pop, Velvet Underground and Joy Division.


            Did you just get into punk last month? Because there is a whole world beyond those three you just mentioned.

            And I would wager that certain early 70′s Krautrock releases by bands like Neu!, Faust and Kraftwerk were a pretty big influence on Joy Division and the production styles of Martin Hannett. Does that mean Joy Division were just “regurgitating” the past?

            Every band has influences, certain bands take those influences and do something great with them. Kind of like every band on that list I wrote above. Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, Hüsker Dü, Pavement and countless others have contributed more to music and culture than you have or ever will.

          • autotune  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

            you’re right. Music history is going to be Elvis, The Beatles then Husker Du.

          • cheese  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2009 0

            It’s funny that you talk about “just getting into punk” on a Jay-Z post because every white suburban idiot that thinks he needs to listen to rap goes out and buys a Jay-Z album.

          • According to “Stuff that White People Like”…most white people listen to Wu Tang and really like Mos Def. I figure if you’re going to throw overtly blanketed statements at least get your sources right.

            As for this song, it get’s a “meh”. C’mon Jay, you can and have done better.

          • New things are stupid  |   Posted on Jul 28th, 2009 0

            Man, I only listen to Ancient Greece music – everyone else totally ripped off the notes A, B, C, D, E, F and G…

            And while I’m on the subject, if you’re gonna watch a movie, don’t bother with anything other than “Birth Of A Nation” – everything after that is SO copping D. W. Griffith’s idea of a narrative plot, complete with editing and a musical score. Word.

  22. jiggaboo  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    everyone on the internet sounds annoying as hell this morning.

  23. Sean  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    i know what you mean Billy Side, i go to taco bell every day even though i think the menu is revolting and they haven’t made a decent soft taco in 29 years at any of their thousands of locations (i would know because i’ve been to every single one). everyone i know thinks this is “absurd” and wonders “why you waste any of your preciously short life with such a moronically illogical pursuit” but i’m just holding out hope that someday, somewhere someone will make a taco grande so grande, and so clearly indebted to the grande tradition of taco grandes, that world will pause and consider what its lost.

    • Billy Side  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      Sean, you were obviously an English major since you write with such triteness and empty pride. I would love to hire you for a job except no one gives a shit about the English language or books anymore. Have fun being an unemployed douche with a liberal arts degree bumping your Jay-Z in your Jetta.

  24. wingedgopher  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    So yeah, this is kind of awesome.

  25. Sean  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    i’m actually really looking forward to my trite and emptily prideful future as someone who is able to afford a jetta while unemployed with a liberal arts degree.

    • Billy Side  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

      Everyone knows people who drive Jettas had their parents buy them. Move out of the basement and grow up dude. Get a girlfriend then you won’t be on Jay-Z’s nuts all night. You’re hilarious.
      If there was any money in journalism I would recommend it to you.

  26. Mark  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0

    Is the line where Kanye asserts that HE IS NOT GAY really necessary?

  27. travis  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2009 0


  28. Kevin  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

    So, is it okay if I don’t like this, not because it’s mainstream, but simply because I don’t? I’m all confused now…

  29. If you ever wrote a song in your life feel free to criticize, if not then keep your pretentious comments to yourself and go make your own blog. Then you can rave about all the crappy reverb soaked indie bands you want. Why can’t music just be music. This is a music blog, of course there’s going to be hype about the Blueprint 3. Didn’t you see this coming Jay Z hasn’t made an album in a while. Peace.

  30. Jay-Z Fishstick  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

    Ok bitches I’m going to straighten this shit out. Jay-Z on this blog is a like a pock mark.
    1. Jay-Z on this blog is like a Paris Hilton nipple slip on the cover of the New York Times.
    2. Jay-Z on this blog is like going to an authentic Mexican restaurant and being served Taco Bell-Thanks Sean for bringing this to the table.
    3. Jay-Z on this blog is like posting Chevrolet Camaro news on a Ferrari blog.
    4. Jay-Z on this blog is like Jay-Z on Pitchfork….wait that already happens.
    5. Jay-Z on this blog is like Sarah Palin praise on an Obama forum.

    If you can’t see these facts, YOU HAVE NO TASTE!!!!

  31. GG  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

    1. Rihanna isn’t using autotune; Jay-Z took everything with autotune off his album after DOA.
    2. Anyone who doesn’t think that Kayne’s verse is good…well…it’s fantastic; just appreciate it. He also produced it, meaning that he is singlehandedly responsible for the best two parts of the song (his verse and the beat).
    3. If you’re going to bitch about Jay-Z being on this blog, there’s a simple solution–don’t read this post, listen to the song, or comment! Wow, problem solved!

  32. Squire  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

    Has anyone noticed that this song sounds dated? It may have been acceptable in 2006, but this doesn’t sound fresh at all. And why the hell is old man Carter still rapping anyway? Why are people getting excited over a new Jay-Z album and song? So many questions…

  33. Seymour Butts  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

    Wait, let me just get this straight- Billy Side, Steve and co. are upset that a piece of music has been posted on a music website

    OH MY GOD-RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!
    UP IS DOWN!!!!

    • autotune  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2009 0

      you’re missing the point. We come to stereogum so we don’t have to see mainstream, generic, autotuned cookie-cutter music like this. If we wanted Jay-Z news, we would go to MTV.com, Rollling Stone or Underground Hip-Hop. There should be a filter in place. Which, by the info on this site as an alternative, indie blog, there IS supposed to be one. The question is HOW DID THIS SHIT GET THROUGH THE INDIE ALTERNATIVE FILTER?

      • TT  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2009 0

        Because obviously there’s an interest, such is why there’s been so many comments on here but I don’t really understand all the fuss here. I’ve always thought that to truly love music, you need to have at least some interest in all kinds of music regardless of genre or whether it’s mainstream or alternative. Although Stereogum describe themselves a leading online community for indie or alternative music but I don’t think Stereogum have held back on giving interest to those artists that work within the mainstream or a bit different to what’s usually on here and I think that’s what makes this blog so great. So Jay-Z has been posted on here, so what? Music is music and to be angry at this is not only pointless but stupid too.

        • autotune  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2009 0

          so where does it end? Bring on the Jonas Brothers! Where’s the Miley Cyrus? Didn’t Neil Diamond just release an album?

          • TT  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

            You and I both know that if that stuff was on Stereogum, we wouldn’t be reading it.

          • TT  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

            You and I both know that if that stuff was on Stereogum or even began to put it on here, we wouldn’t be reading it.

          • autotune  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

            There’s is no difference to me between Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus. Someone makes a song for them and they rap/sing over it.

          • TT  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

            So do many other artists as well, but did Miley Cyrus create Reasonable Doubt? no

          • keith  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

            no one cares about a rap album that came out 13 years ago. As others have pointed out, this song sounds like it is from 1996.

          • TT  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

            No, you mean “you” don’t care about it but whatever, this argument has become tiring

        • steve  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

          That being said, why can’t I find my Taylor Swift updates on here then? BECAUSE IT IS NOT HIP TO LIKE COUNTRY, BUT IT IS HIP TO LIKE RAP. Is Taylor Swift not music? That is a poor excuse why Pitchfork and Stereogum should be shoving MAINSTREAM RAP down our throats.

  34. Kate  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2009 0

    woof woof

  35. Nick Jonas (spy)  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2009 0

    Garden State is like five years old. Juno is a year and a half old. Where are all these new hipsters com– AW, I knew (500) Days of Summer would haunt us!

  36. Wait, people actually like Rihanna? Sorry, but eurgh.

  37. That intro beat sounds like a sample of a live rooster hitting a drum.

  38. Again, I wish Stereogum wouldn’t post any hip hop, if only so I wouldn’t have to be exposed to this shit storm of ignorance.

    • is it not ignorant to disregard an entire genre of music?
      so you are the poo storm of ignorance. come home now, and have diarrhea, sucka.

      • I meant ignorance on the part of Stereogum readers who don’t know anything about hip hop. I mean, have you read these comments? There are people on here that still think ‘rappers have no talent.’ Even my 80 year old Grandmother liked 8 Mile.

    • autotune  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

      I’m not against hip-hop but i think Stereogum should only post indie rock and not gay stuff like this song.

  39. pedestrian  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2009 0

    the comment section here is such a hot mess

  40. I liked Auto-tune, but I don’t dig this. Very radio friendly, though. I’m sure it’ll be a hit.

  41. Ariel   |   Posted on Jul 28th, 2009 0

    you guys are fucking haters. jay z is fucking amazing. get over youself. dont be jealous.

  42. I love Jay Z and both Blueprint volumes he’s released but this track could do without that Rihana girl singing on it.

  43. this is by far the stupidest discussion i have ever seen in a comments section on this website. shame on ANYONE who responded to the people that, for whatever reason, are completely dumbfounded by a rap track on this website. you guys are above that.

  44. frank  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    The point of posting Jay-Z is that Jay-Z has always been really good.

    This track is also really good.

    I know this will get downvoted, but I honestly think that people who have this aversion to hip-hop stems from some kind of racism. The fact that people can project themselves into Animal Collective, or Grizzly Bear or whatever is a significant part of their appeal. I think, especially for the 16 year old crowd, they’re young and look to their favorite musicians not only as musicians but also as role models for attitudes and behavior.

    Then they hear something like this, NO WORSE than other music, just a style that they themselves would never embody and so they can’t project themselves into the performer and so they reject it as bad music. The fact that that one dude said that people who “like beats” lack “musical talent” is one of the many testimonies to this on this page.

    They see Kanye as this blabbering black dude who can’t possibly have an incredible ear for production because only soft-spoken, excruciatingly shy and modest flannel/skinny-jean-wearing dudes like themselves have a TRUE understanding of craft.

    Downvote me, whatever, fuck off. It’s not as ignorant as 75% of the shit that’s been said.

    • Billy Side  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

      I’m not racist, but I know good music and it’s almost always made by white guys (or girls) with guitars.
      And Kanye IS a blabbering black dude with no talent.

    • autotune  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

      You haven’t been paying attention. As numerous people have mentioned, it is not about the genre rap. It is that Jay-Z, Rihanna and Fishstick are mainstream, cookie-cutter generic rap. I am welcome to underground rap, indie rap, experimental rap, etc.

      • frank  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

        But for some reason you’re not open to one of the greatest rappers of all time.

        Makes sense.

        experimental rap… fuck off.

  45. what music? i only come here for the comments. p.s. this song is weak. p.s. doom/jaylib/some-other-underground-rapper vs. jay z comparisons are the shit stains of yesteryears tightie-whities. let. it. go.

  46. Girl  |   Posted on Jul 31st, 2009 0

    you guys are F ing haters. all three of them have talent. suck on it. jay z’s the shit. laterrrrr.

  47. Girl  |   Posted on Jul 31st, 2009 0

    A blabbering black dude with NO talent? your a fucking idiot. you obviously have no sense of “talent” what so ever. mainstream or not… he is one of the most talented people in the music industry and has been for awhile. dont hate you little bitch. do something with yourself other than talking shit on the internet. GO KANYE. wahoo. :]]]

  48. brentnc  |   Posted on Aug 1st, 2009 0

    this is better than about 95% of indie/alt rock today covered by Pitchfork/Stereogum

    Can’t wait for the new Jay-Z to drop. Kanye/Jay-Z and Rhiana make the best pop music around today.

  49. Coj  |   Posted on Aug 2nd, 2009 0

    If you knew anything, and I do mean ANYTHING, about rap music you would not think Jay-Z was the ‘best rapper alive’. Neither in terms of skills, nor in the way that he influenced other artists in the genre is he the best rapper alive. That’s not to say he isn’t skilled and influential; of course he is, but he certainly isn’t the best in either of these aspects. He admits as much in ‘Moment of Clarity’: “if skills sold, truth be told / i’d probably be lyrically Talib Kweli / truthfully I wanna rhyme like common sense… / I ain’t been rhyming like Common since.”
    Personally I think Pharoahe Monch is the most skilled rapper alive. Case in point; his verses on ‘Bring It On’, as part of Organized Konfusion, and ‘Oh No’, as a solo artist.

  50. Leavely  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2009 0

    Great song, but oh my God even with studio magic Rihanna’s voice still sounds like crap, so you can imagine how many notches she’ll bring the song down when she performs it live. My pick would’ve been Christina Aguilera, and she if couldn’t do it, then Beyonce would be my second choice. Hell, even Amy Lee from Evanescence would’ve been a far better choice. But the problem would be shooting the video; how would you make Amy Lee look like she’s from the hood? Anyway, great song except for Rihanna’s vocals, they suck. But I know why she got the song, she’s Jay-Z’s protege and she’s had a rough year, so naturally she got what would be the equivalent of a band-aid and a balloon.

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