Jay-Z will on April 8 release "Blueprint 2.1," featuring highlights from last year's Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam double-CD set "The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse," plus a handful of as-yet-unannounced p

Jay-Z will on April 8 release "Blueprint 2.1," featuring highlights from last year's Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam double-CD set "The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse," plus a handful of as-yet-unannounced previously unreleased tracks. The latter set notched Jay-Z his fifth No. 1 album when it debuted last November at the top of The Billboard 200.

"My whole thing was to record a lot of music coming off [the 2001 album] 'The Blueprint,'" Jay-Z told Billboard last year. "That was considered a classic as soon it came out. You know how people always compare an artist's last album to their latest. I knew that was going happen, so I wanted to make sure it was extra tight."

"Blueprint 2.1" isn't the only product with Jay-Z's name on it about to hit stores. As tipped here last year, the rapper's S Carter shoe via Reebok will be available beginning April 18. According to Def Jam, special pre-order promotions are being established for fans that can't wait until then to snap up the sneakers.

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