‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’: A Track By Track Review Of Jay-Z’s Album

This article is at least one month old from my posting date, yet it had to be done. Jay Z, as with other hip hop rappers, was a blip on my radar until the individual stands out in the public sphere as a leader. Usually, they are bashed insanely with political commentary. That is when you know they are pushing all of the right buttons. Yes, Jay Z is. I might have to write this thesis myself, as unfamiliar as I am with hip hop culture. It would be worth the struggle.

Barely three weeks has passed since Kanye shook the hip-hop world with Yeezus, and now good friend and fellow Def Jam rapper, Jay-Z has released his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, with a media stunt all of his own: a deal with Samsung giving away a million copies of the album to Galaxy product users via a downloadable app. Although Jay-Z has admitted in the past that lyrically he is no Talib Kweli, known rather for catchy hooks and impeccable production, save for a few places of lyrical laziness this album is coated in historical references and filled with hidden/double meanings. While no Yeezus, Jay shows growths as a rapper, covering a myriad of content, from self-loathing in his fame to commentary on race and class, and reminds us he is still sturdily at the top of his game, perhaps more than ever.  

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