Last year, Jay-Z returned to the game with The Blueprint 3. The album was everything that he had wanted to prove with The Black Album and Kingdom Come. In many ways, his album was one of the best albums of 2009. Even with that album being what it was, Jay-Z had already promised that his next album would be even better. During the promotional run for his last album, Jay-Z stated that his next album would come in 2010.
With the New Year already a month old, a lot of artists are working on their new music. While he usually waits until the latter half of the year to release an album, Jay-Z is getting into the swing of things now. As previously reported, Jay has been in the studio with Swizz Beatz and they are said to be creating magic. Recently, Jay-Z spoke on this new music and he said that he has recorded new music just to get back into the swing of things.
The songs that Jay-Z has created so far are just songs that he is practicing with. But, over the next few months, he hopes that his music will take the form of an album. If he does come up with a concept for a new album, Jay-Z will first decide if he likes it. The chances of him disliking the album could lead to him scrapping the entire thing and waiting a year. With his last album, that is exactly what happened. But, if he likes the album, he will push it.
Already in the studio, Jay-Z does plan on releasing a new album before the end of this year.