On the Magna Carta.... Holy Grail, Jay-Z is back with his bravado infused rap lyrics over production from Timbaland, Swizz beat and Pharrell.
The album is solid and coherent (sometime lacking on Kanye's Yeezus). It's a typical Jay-Z album, and probably ranks below Blueprint 3 by my opinion.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS
Part II (On the run) ft Beyoncé
Beach is Better
Numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard (Tom Ford)
Money talks, I speak fluent (Rick Ross, FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt)
Somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is twerking ( SomewhereInAmerica)
Girl why you never ready, for as long as you took, you better look like Halle Berry,.. Or Beyoncé (Beach is better)
Niggas wanna kidnap wifey, good luck with that bruh, you must go hide your whole family, what you think we wear black for...(La Familia... Lil Wayne diss, Reply to Lil Wayne's kidnap your lady line).
The album starts off with the Holy Grail featuring Justin Timberlake and has the pop star crooning about the pains of same and being in the spotlight, personifying it as a vengeful lover over Timbaland's beats. And Jay spits bars about how money could make one lose his way.
Tom Ford is one of my favorite cuts off the album, clearly influenced by M.I.A's 2012 hit Bad Girl..has Jay referencing the luxury brand Tom Ford as a past time of his...I don't pop Molly, I rock Tom Ford,...Rick Ross connects on FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt, and the biggest boss delivers his usual I got money rhymes with bars like Money talks, am fluent. Rick Ross is probably the only one out there that could match Jay when it comes to bragging about affluence.
Oceans sees jay connect with Frank Ocean who delivers a refreshing chorus and Jay goes political on this one, taking about the BP oil spill among others. The political undertones continues on F.U.T.W as Jay spills his guts about his running with the government over his trip to Cuba, comparing his troubles to that of Malcolm X and Cassius Clay (Mohammed Ali). SomewhereInAmerica takes a lighter tone, and is bound to generate a buzz on social media networks with his reference to Miley Cyrus love for twerking over a Pharrell production...Somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is still twerking....twerk, twerk, twerk, Miley Miley Miley, twerk. Versus Jay takes a subliminal shot at Birdman claims of his net worth been understated. Heaven has Jay broach on the subject of religion, veiled Illuminati reference, while letting y'all know he DGAF. The chorus is for though. Part II (On the Run) sees Jay and B talk about the imperfection of love and how sticking to your significant other is the most important thing. BBC sees Jay unite with an old for, And as they both try to outdo each other in boastful claims of affluence. On Jay-Z Blue Jay raps about his love for his daughter and the challenges of raising her, while sampling Biggie Smalls' voice (uh).