Released on September 11, 2001, ‘The Blueprint’ should’ve been lost to history. The world as we knew it was collapsing around us, yet somehow the album not only succeeded but made history of its own. It was Jay-Z’s turn-of-the-century masterpiece, a monumental achievement that disrupted the tides of hip-hop and elevated a former crack dealer from the Marcy Projects to rap immortality and mainstream moguldom.
Now, nearly 14 years later, we hear the firsthand accounts of how the album was made, from its inception to its release. Timbaland revealed that his beat. ‘Hola Hovito’ was actually made for Microsoft. “After Jay’s pep talk, we all split off to start working on our beats while he jumped inside of a suitcase to write his verses. Initially, I wasn’t even supposed to have a track on the record. The beat on “Hola’ Hovito” was actually something I’d made for Microsoft—it was gonna be the sound that played every time you created a new column in Excel. But Jay heard a cut of it and instantly started spitting this crazy-hot verse, and I knew right away I had to give it to him.”
Jay-Z - Hola' Hovito feat. Timbaland (01')
By Jeremy Hallock. To hear Daniel Jones tell it, the music industry is a small world. Hard work and networking with a small group of people is all you need to rise through the ranks. After co-producing tracks with Timbaland and sharing stages with names like Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, Jones makes a pretty good case for himself. But now he's eyeing a collaboration with musicians he grew up with in Oak Cliff for an upcoming solo project.
Jones, a keyboardist and producer from Dallas, has been touring since he was a teenager, before he even graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He was recruited by Dallas gospel group God’s Property in the late 1990s. The group performed on television shows, had a hit song called “Stomp” and a double platinum album. He would go to school during the week and leave town Friday, returning Sunday, sometimes even Monday, before heading back to class.
Here is the full tune to Jane Zhang’s collaboration with Big Sean on the tune ‘Fighting Shadows’ from the ‘Terminator: Genesys’ Soundtrack, check it out below, and make sure to cop it on iTunes.
Jane Zhang - Fighting Shadows feat. Big Sean (15')