Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Jay-Z - The Purple Print | HHIR Exclusive/Download

All of this talk about The Blueprint 3 and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II – and the albums’ vast differences – got me thinking: what if we could somehow merge these two schools of hip hop thought? Suddenly, on Sunday night, a light bulb in my mind just lit up. Jay-Z’s vocals, RZA’s production: why not? I began blending Blueprint acapellas with OB4CL beats before realizing that I couldn’t properly pair up all the acapellas with the beats; so I said “f it” and used some other RZA tracks instead (Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Liquid Swords, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, etc.). The result is a little something I’ve decided to call The Purple Print, though if it were released on cassette it might also be affectionately known as The Blue Tape (or Only Built 4 Memphis Bleek?).

Between Sunday and Monday night, this project took me about three or four hours and I’m quite happy with the final product. It’s gritty and intentionally raw. It’s not better than the original Blueprint mixing (obviously), but it’s the aural equivalent to crossing your eyes. You know how it makes your left and right visual fields get blended into one? Yeah, this is kinda like that. Jigga on the rhymes, RZA on the boards. Something you’ve never heard before. The real best of both worlds (fuck R. Kelly).

I’ll be away for a couple of days, but over that time period I’d like to hear some feedback. This was my first remix album in two years. Am I rusty? Let me know what you thought! If you liked it, please consider purchasing Rae and/or Jay’s new album(s). Hip hop is one (even though I admittedly prefer one over the other, but shhhh). By the way: if you can tell me the name of the kung fu film I used for The Purple Print’s intro portion, I will tip my hat to you. Ha! So… cop ‘n enjoy, please! And as always… turn it up!!

Tracklisting + (Rapidshare) Download Link Below:

1. Jay-Z - The Ruler's Back (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (4:06)
2. Jay-Z - Takeover (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (4:50)
3. Jay-Z - Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (3:38)
4. Jay-Z - Girls, Girls, Girls (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (5:00)
5. Jay-Z - Jigga That Nigga (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (3:33)
6. Jay-Z - U Don't Know (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (3:22)
7. Jay-Z - Hola' Hovito (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (3:58)
8. Jay-Z - Heart of the City (Ain't No Love) (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (3:20)
9. Jay-Z - Never Change (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (5:35)
10. Jay-Z - Song Cry (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (3:38)
11. Jay-Z - All I Need (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (4:16)
12. Jay-Z - Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Remix) (3:03)
13. Jay-Z - Girls, Girls, Girls (Pt. 2) (Hurricane Ivan's Purple Print Rakeemix) (5:44)


  1. Nice idea, also considering the BP trilogy is over, there should be a best of / BP mix / blend.
    Using material that spans all three blueprints into one. That would be fly!

    Overall BP is a successfully series, there is much that can be done with it's material

  2. i can't believe the person above me even listened to it.

    i'd say take it down, take your time and then release it, you have a huge platform here and you might as well not use that to put out more half-baked productions, seriously i'm trying to help.

    i'm not gonna sit here and critique as if you're some great mixing artist so don't ask for that when clearly this was a whim and the results don't merit critique really, it could have been a great whim. But not this time.

    try again, same concept, same title, same art work. different effort, different outcome.

    take it has help not hate or be like all the other people that can't make the best of good advise.

    enjoy your time away and if your happy with the out come then good for you.

  3. wow! sounds like a dope idea i'm gonna check it out even thought i'm about sick of Jay-z blends be it Black Album Remixes or any old Jigga song. i'll get back if it's good/bad

  4. Anon what the fuck are you smoking, I never said I listened to it....

    Unless you're talking about the first Anon, In which case..... well who the fuck knows

  5. Good idea. I hate what's become of "Jigga", but I'll check this out. Hopefully the Rza beats will help me get through the pretentious JZ lyrics.

  6. Usually not a fan of sample mix's off albums but this is pure fire loving the bowie and the aint no love in the heart of the city. Anyone else feel like the start of the tom brook track sounds like nelly hot in here start, prob just me

  7. The U Don't Know and C.R.E.A.M. blend was my fav yo. Big ups to Ivan man, don't listen to tha hataz

  8. I've gotta second that the C.R.E.A.M. mix is dope!

  9. IMHO i wouldn't have mixed 'heaven and hell' with 'girls, girls girls', but i would say for everything i didn't like with this mix, there was something i loved.

  10. Only reason I didn't scrap that beat, was because JUST at the point where Jay says "hell", the beat drops. Perfect timing almost. It just felt right... lol

  11. Mate, this is FIRE. I've been listening to hip hop for over 20 years so anyone who says otherwise is on crack...

  12. Pretty slick, Jay-Z's flow and lyrics can actually be heard better with the sparser RZA beats. Wish I could hear Jay actually rapping along with RZA beats, would've been interesting to see how he would have molded his style around that. Puts a Nas/Jay/RZA collab on my wishlist.

  13. Kinda wish you had mashed up "Renegade" on here too, would've been interesting to hear Eminem on a RZA beat.

  14. I played some these jointz in a restaurant, yesterday, people were going CRAZY, Ivan U did the damn thang