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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jay-Z Gets Gangster With Help From Ridley Scott

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 3:52 PM


It was officially announced today that Jay-Z will be releasing a new album November 6. Titled American Gangster, the upcoming release is inspired by Ridley Scott's upcoming film of the same name, which stars Denzel Washington as 1970's Harlem drug baron Frank Lucas. I've always waited for the day Jay-Z would find inspiration in a gangster flick.

Peep the New York Times interview with Jigga, then check out what Village Voice's Tom Breihan has to say about the news. And if you've got a way to listen to east coast hip-hop station Hot 97, you might want to tune in the next couple of hours if you don't want to miss the premiere of Hov's first single, "Blue Magic." And if all that isn't enough, you can read the press release after the jump.-p

JAY-Z Officially Announces Release of His New Album, AMERICAN GANGSTER, Due Tuesday, November 6

JAY-Z Creates Original Material to be Released in Conjunction With

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment's American Gangster

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 6, Roc-A-Fella Records

and JAY-Z will release the new album AMERICAN GANGSTER. Separate from the

official motion picture soundtrack, this collection of all-new original

material is a musical journey and lyrical interpretation of snapshots from

the upcoming motion picture American Gangster, which pairs Oscar(R) winners

Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Based on the true story of criminal

mastermind Frank Lucas, who came up from the streets of New York in the

'70s, the film is produced by Academy Award(R)-winning producer Brian

Grazer and directed and produced by Ridley Scott. It opens on November 2.

The conceptual, full body of work from the new album balances the line

between pure entertainment and real life. JAY-Z draws upon past

experiences, speaking to the harsh reality of the drug trade still taking

place in our nation's cities. While not glorifying the Frank Lucas story,

JAY-Z articulates the lure of a gangster's life and stands as an example of

one who chose to leave those streets behind to go on and become one of the

most successful entrepreneurs of our time.

Throughout AMERICAN GANGSTER, JAY-Z brings the audience into a world

rich in familial relationships, hustling and the lasting effects of drugs

on a community. Through its musical tone, the album complements the story

as told in the major motion picture release.


Since 1995, Jay-Z has dominated the rap industry and set the trends for

a generation. Ten summers later, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has come to personify

the new "American Dream" for millions the world over. Named President and

CEO of Def Jam Recordings, in 2005, he is the founder and chairman of

Rocawear, co- owner of the NJ Nets, 40/40 Sports Clubs and co-owner of skin

care and beauty line Carol's Daughter. Jay-Z became the first non-athlete

to enter into a major footwear co-venture with his S. Carter line for

Reebok and in addition, continues his philanthropic work through his Water

For Life initiative Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Over his career,

the multiple award winner has sold over 40 million albums and sold out

arenas the world over.

About the Film

Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Brian Grazer, Steven Zaillian and

Ridley Scott team to tell the true juggernaut success story of a cult

figure from the streets of 1970s Harlem in American Gangster. Washington

stars as Frank Lucas, a brilliant entrepreneur and self-made embodiment of

the American Dream who comes from nowhere to rule the inner-city drug

trade, and Crowe is Richie Roberts, an outcast cop zeroing in on who is

outfoxing and outplaying all the familiar Mafia families as he closes in on

this unexpected new streetwise superstar.

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