Magna Carta…Holy Grail. Only thing it was missing was 2 Chainz. That was joke. This record felt like Jay Z was having a good time trying to make a new blueprint for his art. No longer based in a ghetto sensibility of crack deals or dope dealing. This was high art with rich sensibilities revolving around King Jigga in his kingdom. All hail…Caesar’s home.
I got the sense this is the Jay Z that lives his life nowadays. Rocking Tom Ford, living a extravagant – Great Gatsby lifestyle with Queen & Princess B overseas. It’s the life we all middle class civilians wish for. And he’s talking about how great being materialistic is. Fuck With Me…you know I got it pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Magna Carta. Lifestyle with new rules. One I’ll never achieve in this poor world.
But why did I like it? Fucking Jay Z. Need I say more? Remember laying on my couch on Fourth of July (the day it dropped) and couldn’t stop hitting repeat on Holy Grail. Was going through some stuff at the time & the confidence hitting on each track helped me get out of my slump. Because rapping about the beach because the beach is better turned out to be quite fun. Rick Ross-Timberlake-Frank Ocean hooks, a producer mashup on “BBC” with Timbaland, Swizz, Nas, Dr. Dre, and Rick Rubin, Jay Z talking about Miley Cyrus twerking, and high production all make Magna Carta a purchase.
This is a fun record that doesn’t take itself seriously. He’s having fun doing what he loves to do. Like Michael Jordan in his last year with the Chicago Bulls. So this Jay Z, after the Throne, building some new rules in a rap evolving rap world. Here’s to the start of a new world. Prepare yourself for Magna Carta…Holy Grail.