In a matter of a week, Jay-Z has sprung a leak problem as three tracks were released titled “Off That” featuring Drake, “Reminder” and most recently “Venus vs. Mars.” Thursday saw the release of a track called “Ghetto Techno,” but luckily this track is not set to be thrown on The Blueprint III. All of the tracks had production handled by Timbaland which could lead speculation to who is responsible for letting the tracks out of the cage so soon. Speaking with Memphis Bleek, HipHopWired was able to get his incite on the current situation and defends his former labelmate from the wrath of bloggers.
“Man , you know where that's coming from. That's Timbo's camp. Somebody is playin' dirty. It's cool though. I like to see the people's opinions. I've been reading the comments on Jay's records saying that the beats don't sound like this or that. I think they just set the bar too high for my guy.”
As the tracks have all been catching flack from fans and been crucified by bloggers, Bleek states that Jay won't ever be the way he was when he first came back and has realized that his longtime friend will never take steps back to recreate the magic, but will only move forward and further his musical outreach.
“A couple of years back, I had asked Jay why he doesn't make another “Big Pimpin.” This was like four years ago when I asked him this and his answer to me was ‘Why would I do that?' “Big Pimpin” is already made. So then, I didn't understand what he meant by that and I'm like so what, I would just make six of those and ride it to the end of the wave. But he's right because if you make four more of those records, then the original won't be hot anymore. You have to move on to the next wave and I think that people want him to stay Reasonable Doubt, Volume 2, Blueprint Jay. He's not that guy anymore, he's outta here.”
Recently, Timbaland spoke on the production that he gave for the album and there are reports saying that he didn't even give Jay his best material. For an album of such volume, many would come to believe that Tim would bring his best, but he stated that he will save the best for his own album, Shock Value 2. Although early reports said that Jigga was set to be on the upcoming sequel, time will tell if this will still be.
It's disappointing that 1/3 of the album has already been released as 5 songs have come out from a 15 song track list. The worst part is the fact that the leak has not created further anticipation, but further disappointment. Let's hope that Kanye West and No I.D. have something in store for fans as 10 tracks remain unheard… for the time being.