Jay Z Blueprint 3 Tour…ALL BLACK EVERYTHING!

Back in November, if you’re like me, you were estatic to hear Jay announce a BP3 North American Tour.  I think I’ve been to almost every tour he’s done or been apart of of.  I consider myself Jay’s unofficial hype-girl.  Yeah, you remember the good ole hype man from back in the days.  I’m just a cuter sexier version of that ;).  As his self proclaimed hype-girl and “Jay Z Rockette”, I was more than estatic to hear about this tour.  I was even more excited to see he would be performing on my birthday in my city of Atlanta! 

February 27, 2010, Jay-Z blew the roof off Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA.  He was PHENOMENAL!  As I danced and rapped to every song that he performed, it made me think of the days of his earlier performances.  Not that much put into them.  Just him, a dj and a few members of his Roc La Familia.  What an evolution!  From his 10+ member band to virtually no guest appearances, this was by far one of his great performances. 

Song after song after song kept you on your feet.  He opened with his hits from Blueprint 3 and took us to this magical place of Jay-Z.  You don’t realize how extensive this man’s catalogue is.  I remember thinking after an hour of songs, he still wasn’t done.  I was trying to figure out when, if ever, was he going to get off the stage.  But he couldn’t get off the stage because I knew he still had an entire era of songs to perform.  Alot of his fans are just getting on the last few of his albums.  But not I.  When he announced: “Alot of you may not know this next set.  I understand you probably didn’t start with me during this time.  You heard “The Black Album” and got on.  But I’m not mad at you for that.  This is for people who started with me from the beginning.”


“Big Pimpin” dropped. The crowd went crazy.   He did, what it seemed like, every song from “Big Pimpin” to his very fist cd, “Reasonable Doubt”.  It was CRAY-ZEE!

My love affair for Jay has immensly heightened.  It’s now 6 days since the concert and I can’t stop thinking about how much fun I had and how great his music is.  Not to short change the other performers, Young Jeezy and Trey Songz, because they did a descent job.  I’ve been a fan of Trey Songz since his first cd when no one knew his name.  I almost forgot how many hot songs Young Jeezy has.  But it was all about Jay!  If you haven’t seen him yet and your lucky enough to find tickets, here are the remaining dates of his tour:

Feb 28: Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum Complex)
Mar 03: Washington, DC (Verizon Center)
Mar 07: Norfolk, VA (Scope Arena)
Mar 11: Boston, MA (TD Garden)
Mar 16: Pittsburgh, PA (Mellon Arena)
Mar 19: St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
Mar 20: Indianapolis, IN    (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Mar 22:  Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Mar 24:  San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion)
Mar 26:  Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)

All black everything!!


Album Review: Jay-Z The Blueprint 3/IHipHop.com

If you’re a lover of hip hop then you too are probably excited about Jay-z’s next project.  Read the full review of Jiggaman’s upcoming album release written by an old college friend at ihiphop.com.  Serge Fleury, the newly appointed Editor-In-Chief… and ladies, might I add the very sexy newly appointed Editor-In-Chief has this to say about The Blueprint 3:

Written by Serge Fleury
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 4:55 pm


Being at the top of the Hip-Hop food chain has its perks, like becoming a mainstay on the Forbes list, having ten #1 albums, and oh yeah—sharing your bed with the hottest chick in the game, who happens to be wearing your chain.

But on the flipside, it also comes unwanted aspects like high expectations, and natural jealousy amongst other things.

There lies the dilemma of Shawn Corey Carter AKA Jay-Z, as he enters another chapter in his storied musical career with his latest opus, The Blueprint 3.

After giving skeptics a Mike Tyson-esque uppercut with 2007’s American Gangster, the man that the entire Hip-Hop community anointed as the heir-apparent after B.I.G.’s death returns back to the brand (The Blueprint) that helped to establish him early on in his career.

Longtime Jay-Z associates like Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, The Neptunes, and of course Kanye West, alongside his mentor No I.D. score placements on one of, if not thee most anticipated Hip-Hop album of the year.

Besides the mandatory Drake feature, other artists joining in are fellow newcomers Kid Cudi, and J. Cole [Click for J. Cole video interview]. Veterans come in form of Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy, and Pharrell.

Hov gets right down to business with ‘What We Talkin’ About,’ (feat. Luke Steele of Empire Of The Sun) which was first heard as a freestyle diss at a live performance a few months back.

He then gives himself a pat on the back with ‘Thank You,and reminds people of his stat sheet with lines like, “Please don’t bow in my presence/how am I a legend/I just got ten #1 albums/maybe now 11.”

Jay-Z then uses ‘Empire State Of Mind’ (feat. Alicia Keys) to get descriptive about the city that raised him. Hip-Hop’s adlib king in Young Jeezy makes his way onto ‘As Real As It Gets, as they both trade verses on the slow drawn-out track provided by The Inkredibles.

From there, Hov incorporates the lost art form of concept songs with ‘A Star Is Born’ (feat. J. Cole), as he runs through the list of MC’s who have made an impact on the genre.

Kid Cudi is held to hook duties on the Kanye West-produced ‘Already Home,as Jay-Z addresses those who want him to bow out, and the people who refer to him as a camel:

“Now these n*ggas is mad/oh they call me a camel/but I mastered the drought/what the f*ck, I’m an animal/half man, half mammal/my sign is a Sage/this is just what I planned to do/oh don’t be mad.”

The duo of Jay-Z and Pharrell reunite on ‘So Ambitious, which can be considered as a motivational song for the listeners, and that also includes a subliminal shot at one-time partner in crime Dame Dash:

“N*ggas probably thought I’d fall without old buddy/oh buddy/what I do is make more money.”

Other songs constructed by Hip-Hop’s biggest architect are tunes like ‘On To The Next One’ (feat. Swizz Beatz), ‘Forever Young,’ ‘Hate’ (feat. Kanye West), and ‘Reminder.

When it comes to the breaking down The Blueprint 3, it’s clear to see that the project is not the best piece of work Marcy’s most famous son has manufactured, but it’s far from the worst as well.

The street-slick metaphors, that everyone in every ‘hood could once relate to have been replaced with material that only people in his tax bracket can comprehend—and that’s a bracket his diehard fan base will never reach.

But in his defense, it’s difficult to continue on talking about your past history when your present history includes people like Coldplay’s Chris Martin and his Oscar-winning wife, Gwyneth Paltrow amongst those on your speed dial list.

Some might argue that Jay-Z lost a step, and others will say it’s just sign of him maturing, and growing a part from the immaturity that Hip-Hop sometimes brings.

Whatever the case may be, it will probably be a lot easier for you to make your own assumptions after you take in the third installment of the Blueprint series for yourself. And regardless of what your opinion is then- most likely he’ll just brush it off his shoulder, like he’s been doing his whole career…

Rating: 3.5


The Swagger Report: Fashion For the Cocoa Man

Today’s fashion has alot of ups and downs.  I hate trends!  A few years back I was ecstatic when artists like Usher, Jay-Z and P. Diddy changed up their style and exchanged a jersey for a blazer and a button down shirt.  I slowly begin to see young men do the same and hoped THIS trend would last forever.

Fast foward to today and you see that trend has some what come and gone. 

The new trend is dingy boxer shorts.  Boys and even some men are walking down the street with their ass showing ON PURPOSE.  Then  you have the long white tshirts that looks like pajamas.  Finally *drumroll*….. SKINNY JEANS!  Who told men that they could wear skinny jeans?  It’s not a good look!

There’s nothing sexier than a put together man.  Wether he’s in a 3-piece suit, a blazer and a button down or some jeans and Timbalands..he’s got it.  The way he walks and licks his lips to the creases in his pants, he can turn a woman on just by walking by.  So I’ve compiled a list of celebrities that exude what the Swagger Report is all about. 

Here, T.I. looks appropriate for the young 20 something year old male.  Please note his pants are not hanging off his ass and his t-shirt does not look like a dress.  This is a good look for you young whipper-snappers but you must be able to switch it up sometimes!



Next are the men in their 30s.  This is a good age bracket because you have alot of options and looks to go with.  You can dress down and still look age appropriate and sexy as hell or you can get all GQ’d up and still look like a young fly 30 year-old. 







Fashion for the man 40 and above is embodied by men like Jay-z, P. Diddy, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington etc.etc. etc.  Allow me to reintroduce myself.  My name is HOV!!!!