No, I’m not calling Jay-Z’s newest album shit. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
I have never been so hyped about a new hip-hop/rap album. Kanye’s recent Yeezus got me excited, but I’m calling it right now, Magna Carta Holy Grail will be rap album of the year. J Cole’s Born Sinner is of the same caliber, with great music as well, but MCHG… Damn.
Seen all those Samsung commercials promoting it? Heard the background music? Those teasers do not do this album justice. Of course, you get a glimpse of the production process. But once you hear the album, you’ll be blown away. I know I was.
Here’s the tracklisting for you.
Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)
F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit (feat. Rick Ross)
Oceans (feat. Frank Ocean)
Part II (On The Run) (Feat. Beyonce)
Beach Is Better
Jay Z Blue
Nickels and Dimes
Here’s my advice. Don’t hesitate to download this album. This is going to go down in history as one of the best rap albums of all time. Jay never disappoints.
Ah, ‘Ye’s second appearance on this list. I remember my ‘cousin’ Ira always saying “summertime Chi” whenever he could, and I never fully understood where he was getting that until I heard this autotuned monstrosity.
I’m not saying I don’t like this song by calling it a monstrosity. In fact, I mean that in the most complimentary way possible, if any. Seriously. T-Pain’s autotuned voice just makes the song for me.
The video makes the song that much better. I don’t know if you know, but I do want to go to an art school to pursue graphic design and illustration, and the graphics in the video just blew my mind. The kind of stuff done in it is intense, man. Also, I’ve really been trying to up my wardrobe, clothing and fashion design/style has become a rather intriguing area for me lately. Kanye is usually seen wearing outrageous outfits, but his clothes in the video are so clean and subtle. I’m a fan of subtle.
The Big Cheese probably hates me after posting a feature on Justin Bieber and now one on Rihanna. Whoops.
I’m not a fan of Rihanna. I don’t really like her music (I’ll give it to her, she has talent, and she’s beautiful, but I don’t like her music). This song never really appealed to me, but Kanye West, being one of my top 5 favorite artists, had me sold.
The song has actually come to grow on me after listening to it 90 times straight on Spotify.
There’s no actual music video, but here’s the “clean” version (Try to guess the slurred curses. Try. By try, I mean think of the top 5 curses used by rappers. There are 3. F,N,B. Have fun).