Longtime Jay-Z sound engineer Young Guru has let some details slip about about Sean Carter's follow-up to 2009s Blueprint 3 album.
Jay, who made mention last year that a new solo album was in the works as well as a possible sequel collaboration to his Watch The Throne album with Kanye West, has been focusing his time lately on the new addition to his family: his child with Beyonce Knowles. Nevertheless, with some European Throne dates on the horizon and a promising Spring/Summer music run ahead of us, it's not likely that we'll see Hova sitting on the artistic sidelines in 2012.
Guru explained that the new music is driven by a concept – though it's likely too soon to go calling it a concept album.
"Jay-Z is always working on stuff, it's a concept that I can't talk about but I'm marveled at how smart this guy is. When he told me the concept, I was like 'Why didn't I think of that?' It was just so simple," Guru says. "It's not a concept album though. It's not like American Gangster, it's not a Beatles concept album. It has a concept and a title, and the title and the concept fit him so well that people are going to be like 'Wow.'"
"I like certain writers because it takes me 8,000 paragraphs to get my full point across," he added. "When somebody can take what I just said and condense it into two sentences and still have the same effectiveness, that's a good writer. The simplicity of the title and the concept that it conveys is incredible."