Speed: 70 bpm
Recommended bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm
The DJ’s Take: You know what’s clever about this track? You sample a song that was featured in a hit movie that today’s youth consider ‘old school’ to establish familiarity, and turn it into an anthem. As of the last couple weeks, I get asked to play this song, and people’s heads nod because they know it. Sometimes I even hear them saying, “Wasn’t this in some movie from awhile back?” Anyway, when I first heard Blueprint 3, this was one of the many tracks that I wasn’t really feeling. Then again, its success is a reflection of why I’m a blogger/small time dj, and Jay-Z is an icon. Get it in your rotation.