I was hyped up for another release from the Hip Hop elder statesmen. Jay-Z is a “business” man, not a businessman. Jay-Z is backed by the greatest promotion machine in Hip-Hop and when it is his turn to bring the heat and release a new CD the whole world is anticipating.
Naming your CD, “The Magna Carta Holy Grail” sets it up to be the most scrutinized CD ever. For you non history buffs, and as stated in Wikipedia, the Magna Carta was the first document forced onto a King of England by a group of his subjects in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their privileges.
Who else but Jay-Z could force the Owners and Kings of the Music labels to learn a new way of distributing music to the Millennials thus limiting the industries powers and granting new privileges to the underserved communities.
For that alone this CD is historical.
Now let’s get to the meat and gravy.
There were a lot of haters of the relationship between Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake on the “Suit and Tie” song collaboration. Furthermore the haters stated that Justin Timberlake had no business having the number one R&B CD this year. I bet we won’t hear that garbage anymore as the title track, “Holy Grail” is the perfect song to lead off this CD and will be placed on repeat time after time.
Justin Timberlake brings hook singing to a new level and Jay-Z let’s you know right away that this CD is a force to be reckoned with. That hook will have you saaaaannnggiinnn.
There are bangers on this CD if you want to drive around the city and show that your speakers can handle the bass like Tom Ford, and “F-withmeyouknowigotit” featuring Rick Ross.
The song La Famillia has Jigga taking shots at his haters letting them know that you have to bring ass to get ass.
But just telling you about those songs don’t even bring this CD justice.
It’s tracks like, “Part II”, featuring Beyonce that will get you back on your square! If you were ever looking for a song that has the woman going hard for her man and gives you that Mary J. Blige/Method Man feeling this is the song. Beyonce let’s you know that she reps Jay-Z till the end and will ride or die for him. Jay-Z, for his part, gives you the type of lyrics that will have couples looking at each other singing this song like they are on stage competing for Roc-Idle.
Another song that will touch your soul is “Jay-Z Blue”. This song is about his daughter “Blue Ivy”, and has the ringing hook, “Blue Ivy my daughter, if it was up to me you would be with me”. Jay-Z sings that hook like 2Pac and or Biggie would. What makes the song even more special is that it literally features Biggie and Jay-Z going back and forth with lyrics in one verse. The sound of Biggie rapping word for word with Jay-Z while the beat conjures up one of those old Biggie gangster tracks is mind blowing.
But to me this CD will be known for the song, “Oceans”, featuring Frank Ocean. I almost cried when I heard this song and stopped the CD from advancing and placed this track on repeat. Being an African American male and listening to the hook from Frank Ocean makes you proud but it is also troubling.
“I see elephant tusk on the bow of a sailing lady
Docked on the Ivory Coast
Mercedes in a row winding down the road
I hope my black skin don't dirt this white tuxedo
Before the Basquiat show and if so
Well fuck it, fuck it
Because this water drown my family
This water mixed my blood
This water tells my story
This water knows it all
Go ahead and spill some champagne in the water
Go ahead and watch the sun blaze
On the waves of the ocean”
The fact that Jay-Z and Frank Ocean decide to address our history, the slave trade and bring them to the forefront of the masses shows Jay-Z’s character. He really cares about his people, his fan base, and his community.
We are at a time when Black men are killing each other at an alarming rate. The politicians are not addressing this issue. Jay-Z is not a politician but black men of all ages listen to what he has to say. He could have made a CD full of wasteful lyrics and had the CD focus on what it means to be Turnt Up!
He didn’t. What Jay-Z did make was another classic CD that deals with love, partnership, pride, history, and let the world know that in the Hip Hop game, AGE AINT NUTHIN BUT A NUMBER. And Jay-Z is holding all the numerals.
Jay-Z is the “BUSINESS” MAN!
And the Magna Carta Holy Grail is worth its title and slot as the number one Hip Hop CD this year…
I’m Focused Man!