Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Jay-Z 12th Studio Album

 Jay-Z's 12th Studio Album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Is In Stores Today!

Jay-Z's highly anticipated 12th album "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" has arrived, and im here breaking down what critics are saying and giving you my two cents on this hip hop masterpiece.  Today July 9th Jay-Z's "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" album is officially on the market for purchase, after being announced at an NBA Finals game just last month. The hip hop album has seen a massive Samsung brand backing, tons of TV ads, a scavenger hunt for the track list and even a Twitter Q&A from Jay himself. Not to mention all the big name collaborations on the record including wifey BeyoncĂ©, BFF Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, Frank Ocean and various featured producers. But Hov is now a Dad and a sports agent, so how is the album being received? MTV's Rob Markman pointed out the lyrical staying power of the album, "It all sounds great, but subsequent listens uncover thoughtful commentary and societal observation, lending to the album's replay value." While Chris Richards of The Washington Post wasn't very optimistic saying, "...musically and lyrically, "Magna Carta" is one of Jay-Z's blandest offerings. Over 16 joylessly professional tracks, our hero laces up his sneakers for his bazillion-thousandth victory lap around the hip-hop universe...It's the sound of champagne being sprayed around an empty locker room." A little harsh if you ask me. USA Today was more forgiving stating, "The music was more than worth the wait." Ok, so what's our take? We're pleased and you should be too! Jay gives us an eclectic bunch of tracks and beats. He talks about the value of money in "Picasso, Baby", contemplates himself as a Father in "JAY Z Blue", plays with electronic beats in fashion inspired song "Tom Ford", and raps about water with "Frank Ocean" on "Oceans". My favorite songs on the record would have to include Justin Timberlake collaboration "Holy Grail" which kinda sounds like a hip hop Coldplay song. I also admire Jay and BeyoncĂ© getting together for tender love song "Part II" where Bey sings about love making and partnership. Which kinda sounds like a good contender for an "03 Bonnie & Clyde Part 2"  Overall, a cool and confident Jay-Z brings his family, friends, wealth to the music which is honest and I can respect that. I think "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" will continue to be talked about and produce some big hits, however no word yet on what the first single will be. Enough of me talking, comment below and tell me what's your favorite song on the album?!