Today, July 4, Jay Z debuts his twelfth solo studio album “Magna Carta… Holy Grail” to one million Samsung Galaxy users, and it has already made quite the impression on the rapper’s audience and critics.
Featuring appearances by Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and Justin Timberlake, the project has already become one of the summer’s hottest releases and is also likely to enjoy the number one position on the Billboard albums chart following its July 9th retail release.
While my personal rap collection is smaller than my R&B, to me “Magna Carta” is exceptional. It is a game-changer. The production, at the hands of greats like Timbaland, Pharrell and Boi-1da, is on some next-level stuff I have never heard. The lyrics, per Mr. Carter’s usual, are witty and jarring yet swift and pensive.
One thing is clear — the Brooklyn-bred MC knows his power. Jay Z understands that he is in a league of his own and has earned the right to boast without stipulation. With “Magna Carta,” he gives a toast to success, life – especially about his daughter Blue Ivy and wife Beyoncé – and fame in a way that only this rap mogul can.
After playing through its sixteen songs a few times, I still find it hard to pick just one “favorite” song from the album. Instead, I have created a list of my top five favorites (at the moment), in no particular order:
- Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)
- Picasso Baby
- Part II (On the Run) [feat. Beyoncé]
- Tom Ford
Honorable mention: “Beach Is Better.” Why is this song only 55 seconds?!
Meanwhile, tell us your favorite songs from Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta… Holy Grail.”