"Jay's coming along pretty good; I don't know if I can say that yet," announced the producer/singer. Martinez then probed, "Jay's making an album?" to which The-Dream responded, "Yeah, I think everybody knows it."
Judging by the response of the Hot 97 crew, it's rather clear that not "everybody" knew about a new Hova album.
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Jay-Z's last solo studio LP was 2009's "The Blueprint III," which became his 11th number one album in the US, breaking Elvis Presley's record. It produced the Hot 100-topping single, "Empire State of Mind," featuring Alicia Keys.
The-Dream's upcoming album, "IV Play," is due May 28 on Def Jam/Radio Killa Records. He's also been working with Beyoncé on her forthcoming fifth studio album.