Eight years after the release his first "Blueprint," Jay-Z has returned with the much-anticipated third installment of the career-defining album series. And if you've paid any attention to the buzz surrounding "The Blueprint 3," you know that the ruler's not only back, he's as hot as ever. Now, as the album becomes available for digital purchase today, Billboard.com lets you stream the whole album for free right here.
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Featuring appearances by Rihanna, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Drake, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz and others, demand for the Roc Nation set (originally scheduled for release today, Sept. 11) was so high, the album was pushed forward to Tuesday, Sept. 8. Early data from Nielsen SoundScan indicates that "Blueprint 3" will likely be the 9th Jay-Z solo release to top the Billboard 200 album chart.
Jay-Z kicked off promotion for the album with a surprise free concert in New York City on Wednesday (Sept. 9), and he'll continue the festivities with a 9/11 charity concert at Madison Square Garden tonight (Sept. 11) with all proceeds going to "Answer The Call: New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund." A concert tour of college campus arenas will kick off on Oct. 9.
Listen to the "Blueprint 3" for free here, then check out our exclusive video interview (in conjunction with Fuse), where Jigga shared his thoughts on everything from Barack Obama's election to the evolution of hip-hop.