Published Jul 23, 2009Why is Jay-Z so damn interesting? From a rumoured book deal to his status as hip-hop's top earner, it seems like every time we sit down to write the news the Jay-Z stories just keep flowing. And with his insanely anticipated Blueprint 3 set to drop on September 11, it keeps getting more exciting.
Now, a Reuters article [via Stereogum] lists a group of big-name collaborators on B3. Besides production from Timbaland, No I.D. and Kanye West, the record is expected to have guest spots from rising rappers Drake and Kid Cudi, as well as R&B princess Rihanna.
British singer-songwriter Mr. Hudson is also set to appear, which sort of makes sense since he's signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint. But the strangest collaborators have to be weirdo hipster dance music-makers MGMT. The article doesn't explain the level of their involvement but if they add even a touch of the catchy synths they're known for it will be a very good thing.
Proving that even the richest of rap moguls can have hearts of gold, Hova has recently announced that he'll be replacing the Beastie Boys as the headliner of New Jersey's All Points West festival. The Beastie Boys were forced to withdraw due to Adam Yauch's recent cancer diagnosis.