If you know me or read my blog you are already aware that Jay-Z is my favorite rapper!
To say I was super excited when Jay-Z announced a new album during the NBA finals would be a understatement. Jay steam rolled over Kanye’s ‘Yeezus’ buzz with a short Samsung commercial. Well July 9 has came and gone and I have been listening to this album non-stop, and I intentionally reserved my opinion on the album so I could really get a feel for it.
I have been rocking with Jay-Z since ‘Reasonable Doubt’ and with every album I have seen him develop as an artist and lyricist. I would have to say that this album is one of his best albums. I can’t say the number one album, but it’s in the top 5. The production on this album is phenomenal. Jay opens the album with the soulful Justin Timberlake assisted “Holy Grail” which I absolutely love, this is clearly a pay back for Jay hopping on JT’s “Suit and Tie” and I am HERE for it!
Jay flows into Picasso Baby next, on which he addresses the rumor that he took his “Ain’t No Nigga” partner, Foxy Brown’s, virginity when he says, “I never stuck my cock into Fox’s box,but damn if I ain’t open Pandora’s box,” the word play is amazing.This track is one of my favorites off the CD. Tom Ford is another stand out on the album on which Jay-Z pops shit and is assisted with by his wife none other than the Queen Bey. Jay-Z talks shit like no other, but the thing is he can back it up!
It’s really hard for me to choose standout tracks on this album because in my eyes they all standout for their own reasons. If I must, I would have to pick: F*ckwitmeyouknowigotit, F.U.T.W., Crown,Jay-Z Blue, and La Familia. My favorite tracks off the album are Heaven, Part II(On The Run), and Nickles and Dimes. I could go on and on, but I won’t.
The fact that Jay-Z is still in the rap game after 12 albums speaks volumes. He is not putting out bullshit, and he not trying to fit into the current trend in music. He makes his own lane, the HOV lane. Over his entire career he has grown tremendously artistically and he has brought his audience along on that journey. ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ is another solid work from Mr. Carter.
Just when I think he can’t top his last album he goes and does it. What else does this guy have up his sleeve? That remains to be seen, but I am HERE for whatever it may be. This album is a must have in your collection. If you ain’t got it, go out and GET IT!!
Final Rating: 5/5
What are your thoughts on Jay’s album?