Although speculation was widespread that Jay-Z would be releasing The Blueprint 3 this year, the Brooklyn emcee practically confirmed that it would not be coming out in 2008. Kanye West, who is producing at least a portion of the album, spoke on the matter.

"I mean, it's phenomenal," said 'Ye, according to MTV News. "We went in and we done
the whole album. He wanted to do a few more joints, so he kinda pushed
it back. Now we're gonna go in and just work on some more records. So I
got some more stuff to kill it with! I think [Jay pushed the album back
because] 'Swagger' just did so incredible. We wanted to go up [and make
sure] everything was on that level

Kanye also took some time to discuss the the initial follow-up to Graduation, Good Ass Job. Ditching the school theme for 808s & Heartbreaks, Kanye hasn't decided whether he would return to his originally planned LP at some point.

"Well, I wouldn't put the pressure on myself to do another album; it's
like whatever happens, happens. I'm still thinking of
a lot of music. I mean, I'm thinking of a lot of lyrics, and if it
comes to me, I just go into the studio and do it and then drop it now.
So it's not a whole bunch of gimmicks and marketing, I let the other
people do the marketing. ... I'm just like, 'Dude, just figure out how
to put the music out.'