In preparation for the release of the highly-anticipated Blueprint 3, mogul Jay-Z will grace the April cover of Best Life Magazine.
The magazine is a spinoff created by the editors of Men’s Health, and focuses on supplying expert advice for men to empower themselves on physical, emotional, and financial levels.
Recently, the Brooklyn native has made headlines for his comments on the Chris Brown-Rihanna altercation and resurfaced tensions with former mentor Jaz-O.
For Jay, any issues with others simply stems from the energy he’s received.
“I’m a mirror…If you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you, and the exchange starts,” Jay-Z told Best Life Magazine. “What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something. If I’m standoffish, that’s because you are.”
Despite releasing several songs since Blueprint 3 was announced last summer, Jay-Z has aborted previous release dates in November and December 2008.
At press time, the rapper and executive producer Kanye West are still finalizing additional track for the LP.
With this being his eleventh studio album, Jay-Z acknowledged that his goal was much simpler on his acclaimed 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt.
“I made that album to impress my friends,” Jay stated. “So they would say, ‘Oh wow, look what you did!’ It was my first album on the label we owned. I was like ‘Okay, what happens now?”
The album went platinum, and launched one of the most decorated careers in Hip-Hop history.
In the last thirteen years, Jay-Z has sold over 26 million records in the U.S., and successfully expanded to fashion (Roc-A-Wear), entertainment (NJ Nets, 40/40 Club), concert promotion (Live Nation), and label ownership (Roc-A-Fella, Star Roc).
Currently, Blueprint 3 is tentatively scheduled to be released this year.
The April issue of Best Life is available now.