CNN Explores The Impact 9/11 Had On Jay-Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ Release

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Vibe / September 9, 2011

CNN released an article exploring why Jay-Z’s music was still important on the day the country suffered it’s greatest national tragedy.

Hov released his 6th album The Blueprint on September. 11 ,2011 and sold an outstanding 420,00 copies in the first week.  

Tricia Rose, a professor at Brown University and author of The Hip Hop Wars sayst the reason for Jay’s album doing so well was the fact that young people respond differently to the country’s tragedies.

“Young people not directly affected are always more removed from the onset of national tragedy,” said Tricia Rose, a professor at Brown University and author of “The Hip Hop Wars.”

“While the much older fans of Mariah Carey or Bob Dylan would likely be too busy and worried about terrorist attacks to rush out and purchase a CD the week of 9/11, Jay-Z’s teen and early 20s fans, already hyped up about this release long beforehand, remained focused on their idol,” Rose said. “And many probably never left the comfort of their bedrooms to download the release.”

Read the full article at CNN

–Jodie Taylor