Music
"Magna Carta Holy Grail" Album Review
By Luis Cuevas
Jul 9, 2013 - 3:26:48 PM

UNITED STATES—On Tuesday, July 9, Jay-Z released his twelfth studio album “Magna Carta Holy Grail.” Samsung heavily marketed the album and owners of their Galaxy S4 were able to download the album before it was released.

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The album kicks off with “Holy Grail,” a song featuring Justin Timberlake who sings the intro and the hook. It may be the best song on the whole album. Jay-Z raps about dealing with fame and how it has affected people and how he deals with it.

 

The album then transitions into “Picasso Baby;” the beat on this song sounds like “The Black Album.” Mr. Carter’s rhymes aren’t the same anymore and the song suffers, because of it. “Tom Ford” is very commercial and the rhymes resemble more of that of modern rappers. He raps about his luxuries and the song doesn’t offer anymore of a message.

 

“F**kwithmeyouknowigotit” features Rick Ross and is also a commercial song about their lavish lifestyles. The album goes into “Oceans,” a much more conscious song about their ancestors, which features Grammy winning crooner Frank Ocean. “F.U.T.W.” is a song about Jay-Z’s triumph and another conscious song. “Somewhere In America” is also a commercial song where he acknowledges Miley Cyrus twerking. “Crown” is a forgettable track on the album.

 

“Heaven” features a good sample, which makes this song stand out a lot more than the commercial songs. Jay-Z raps about the illuminati and about questioning religion. “Versus” is also a commercial song and forgettable, as it lasts less than a minute.

 

“Part II (On The Run)” features Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce.  The song is about love and how she would do anything for him and go anywhere with him. “Beach Is Better” is about him bragging about his “Beach” its sort of a skit. “BBC” features lyrical rapper Nas, where both rappers talk about their new lives while reminiscing about their past. Production from Pharrell makes this one of the more enjoyable tracks on the album.

 

“Jay-Z Blue” is a song dedicated to his daughter; the song means well, but he doesn’t pick the right direction for this track. “La Famalia” is another commercial song, about the love for his family and everything he would do for them.

 

“Nickel And Dimes” ends the album on a good note; it’s also one of the better songs on the album. The song features a beat with good sample in, which he raps about him coming to grips with were he’s at and everything he’s been through. The album contains production from Timbaland and Pharrell, but it suffers mostly because Jay-Z’s raps aren’t as stellar as audiences have come to know the MC to be.



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