So it seems like Jay-Z has been teasing (threatening) us with music from “Blueprint 3” for forever. First there was “Jockin’ Jay-Z”, then there was the Obama song, then there was “Swagga Like Us”, which, if y’all remember, was originally supposed to be on Jay’s album, not T.I’s.

Anyhow, Jay has returned yet again with the intriguingly titled “Death of Autotune (D.O.A.)”, and if I can say one thing, it’s that the production-provided by No I.D. and Kanye West, is definitely on point. This is a real hip-hop beat. The problem, as has become shockingly apparent of late, is Jay-Z’s rhyming. This is a dude who considers himself the best of all time, right? Over the course of the past couple of albums, Jay’s rhyming has gotten increasingly lazy. Truthfully, he’s got more of the eye of the tiger on this track than on anything I’ve heard since “American Gangster”, but from a skill standpoint, this is still kinda lukewarm. Maybe Jay needs to rethink that whole not-writing-any-rhymes thing down now that he’s hitting the big 4-0. His rhymes are definitely not as sharp as they once were.

But here’s the song, you judge for yourself…