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Jay-Z New Album Title: Young Guru Gives Details on Rapper’s Solo Project

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Jay-Z is prepping the release of a new solo album, his follow-up to 2009’s ‘The Blueprint 3.’ His longtime engineer Young Guru is giving up some details on the forthcoming project, which he touts as a “concept album.”

Young Guru, who has worked with Hov for more than a decade, praised the veteran rapper for being “smart” this time around.

“It’s a concept that I can’t talk about but I’m marveled at how smart this guy is,” he tells Complex. “When he told me the concept, I was like ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ It was just so simple. 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.'”

The Brooklyn rapper is also considering a sequel to ‘Watch the Throne,’ his collaborative LP with Kanye West that was released last year.

“Has been talked about but hasn’t been executed yet,” Guru states. “Definitely could happen. A lot of artists just say s— too but if you think about it, this is just my opinion, the way I would like it to go-I would like Kanye to do the G.O.O.D. Music album and Jay-Z to do a solo album then they go out and tour and do all that shit and then next year, or the end of the year, we get ‘Watch the Throne 2.’ To me, that would be the best thing to happen. I think the G.O.O.D. Music album is necessary for Kanye to establish that brand because they need to establish [themselves].”

Jay-Z and West will extend their Watch the Throne tour to Europe this spring. Check out the dates below.

May 18 -22: London O2 Arena
June 11- 12: Manchester Evening News Arena
June 13, June 22: Birmingham’s LG Arena
June 21: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

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