Video: Run This Town (Official Directors’ Commentary)

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Presented by ItsTheReal:

Last week, someone pretending to be the director for Jay-Z’s new video, Run This Town, put out a “director’s commentary track” providing fake insight behind the scenes of the big single off of The Blueprint 3. Now, we don’t claim to have helmed Run This Town, but we have a pretty good idea of what’s going on. This week, we present Run This Town (Official Directors’ Commentary).

They’re catching bodies on this one, just like Kanye’s verse on the song.

Related: The Rosenthal Brothers’ Interview w/Stan Ipcus

Video: Jay-Z Interview w/ MuchMusic

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

On the set of the Run This Town video shoot.

Disclaimer: That Director’s Cut of the video with Anthony Mandler doing voice-overs isn’t really Anthony Mandler, it was a spoof and I didn’t catch the humor. Sorry for any confusion.

Hit the jump for the rest of the Behind The Scenes/Interview with Jay.

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Audio: Jay-Z Interview w/ DJ Semtex

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Here it is.

When asked about why he made a third “Blueprint” album, he said that he wanted to finish trilogy, like he did with the “In My Lifetime” series. As he’s said before, the first Blueprint was very much influenced by what he listened to growing up, but what he expanded on was the sound of the second one that wasn’t at all what people were expecting after having heard something like Blueprint. He tells Semtex Blueprint 2 was based on the sounds and influences of that moment, which is why he got artists like Lenny Kravitz and Sean Paul on there, to hold down both Rock and Reggae genres that were popping half a decade ago.

As for the albums features, he said that MGMT, Keed Coodie, Drake, Mr Hudson, Kanye West and Rihanna are on there for the moment, but all that can change by the time he has to hand it in. Production-wise, it sounds like the only beatmaker who’s secured a spot on there is Kanye because even Timbaland sounded uncertain. He said he spoke to Just Blaze last week, hopefully that’ll work out. Swizz Beats will possibly be on there and he said that he’s trying to work with Chase N Status of the UK. He’s been over there recording tracks too apparently (presumably working with Rihanna) and most recently to meet with Mike Kyser of Atlantic, and hand deliver the album.

He was asked about a possible “Takeover 2.0” and he said that he often considers it but then he decides against it. Semtex also asks him about his “we need a board” comments and about about Kanye’s blog and the nature of the Internets right now. He asks him if he reads any of the blogs and Jay admits that he goes through all of them in “spurts,” mentioning visiting Kanye’s, NahRight and AllHipHop. [7:20]

The interview then segues into a discussion about how that’s always something people wonder about artists of his caliber. Especially Jay, considering all we know about him and computers is that he did an ad for HP, Billie Gates is his peer, he uses an Apple (like that traitor Pharrell) and e-mails pictures to YN. He says that he might want to start his own website, but that like everything else he gets into, he’d like for it to be done the right way. And for the right price, we can make your site tighter…

Sad Really… when asked about J. Cole & Wale joining Roc Nation, Jay-Z says that Mickey Factz isn’t on the team. Ouch.

Lastly, the last matter they discussed was Jay’s favorite track on BP3 and he says it’s a record called “Empire State of Mind.” For the moment (the interview was conducted on Wednesday) no one was featured on it but Jay said that can change. With all the fuckshit you-know-who is going through right now, and the half of whatever empire he’s gonna be left with, we’ll see how that works out…

Props to Semtex. Follow @Semtex on Twitter in case he gets that call.

Jay-Z feat. Kanye West & Rihanna – Run This Town

Friday, July 24th, 2009


This was scheduled to play on all hip hop stations this morning at 9:11.

Jay-Z feat. Kanye West & Rihanna – Run This Town | Clean

Props to Half.

UPDATE: Mastered/Dirty/CDQ [MP3 via Mr. X]

Previously: Jay-Z Interview w/ Zane Lowe | Tim Westwood (Preview)