Jay-Z Thread (“Magna Carta Holy Grail” OUT NOW!)

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    #388890

    S/O to Jay-Z for releasing a thoroughly good album. 

    Personal Standout Tracks:
    Part II (On the Run) … Beyonce really makes this song!
    Beach Is Better
    BBC 
    Jay-Z Blue
    Ocean
    Holy Grail … JT vocals are on point
    Somewhereinamerica 

    Thoughts?

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    Tye-Grr
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    #388892

    I’m not a Samsung user. Whomp! So my iPhone havin’ ass won’t get it til 7/9.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    I had a chance to listen to the first 4 songs plus BBC, and was really diggin it.  It’s definitely more of a mainstream sound than we’re used to from Jay Z (save his singles), which is expected with him working with Pharrell, Timbaland, and Rick Rubin. It sounds fantastic so far. I could see it being an AOTY nominee.

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    Tye-Grr
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    Hmm.. I like this album. It’ll be huge, and there’s many potential singles. It’s definitely better than ‘The Blueprint 3’. 

    BUT

    In my opinion: ‘Yeezus’ > ‘Born Sinner’ > ‘Magna Carta’.

    But that’s just me….

    That being said, this is a well produced album, and I really like a few tracks.

    Faves:

    “Oceans” (Frank Ocean KILLS it, and honestly, steals the whole album. After my initial listen, he’s all that really stuck with me, and Pharrell’s great production)
    “Holy Grail” (like Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake kills it and steals this song)
    “Tom Ford” (I really like the beat)
    “BBC” (another slick joint produced by Pharrell)

    “Versus” (best beat on the album…but only 51 seconds. >_>)
    “Beach is Better” (Jay’s best flow… But it’s only 55 seconds. >_>)

    (why are these each less than a minute?? They are some of the best beats and flows on the album!) 

    This is a 7/10 album at best for me. But I would already start pedicting it for AOTY because I imagine the Grammys will eat this up. As it stands, it’s solid, and better than his last solo effort.  

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    PoweR
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    This is album doesn’t deserve to win Best Rap Album. Yeezus is way better than this, and that doesn’t deserve Best Rap Album either.

    MCHG is all about the productions and features, but there’s nothing great about the lyrical content from Jay-Z. It just seems like a big marketing plan and not an artistic work. I’d be agitated if this wins Best Rap Album over the Kendrick and J. Cole works.

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    RadioGAGAhead
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    I like this album, but I also ike the featured artists’ contributions more than Jay-Z’s.
    JT, Frank Ocean, Beyonce and Pharrell are the best things about this album. Although the album has a mainstream sound, I don’t know if I could see any song being a big hit on the Hot 100. 

    Kanye or Kendrick Lamar should win Best Rap Album.  

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    #388897

    Honey, Kanye West does not need any more Grammy Awards.  He already has 1,000 as it is.  Let some new blood win for a change. 

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    Well, Jay-Z wouldn’t be new blood, so I’d prefer Kanye to win again.

    I agree it’s frustrating that the album works better when it’s on the featured artists than on Jay-z. I also think it’s bloated, and could’ve used getting rid of some tracks to make the listening experience flow better.

    The only thing I was throught was near great was “Tom Ford”, mostly because of the production. The rest, there are some good songs (again, mostly because of the beats and the features), but nothing really remarkable. I think this is probably one of Jay’s weakest yet. If it beats Kanye and Kendrick or even J. Cole on Rap Album (which it won’t), it would be remembered as one of the most ridiculous and unearned wins in the category’s history. 

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    Well, Jay-Z wouldn’t be new blood, so I’d prefer Kanye to win again.

    I agree it’s frustrating that the album works better when it’s on the featured artists than on Jay-z. I also think it’s bloated, and could’ve used getting rid of some tracks to make the listening experience flow better.

    The only thing I was throught was near great was “Tom Ford”, mostly because of the production. The rest, there are some good songs (again, mostly because of the beats and the features), but nothing really remarkable. I think this is probably one of Jay’s weakest yet. If it beats Kanye and Kendrick or even J. Cole on Rap Album (which it won’t), it would be remembered as one of the most ridiculous and unearned wins in the category’s history. 

    PREACH!

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    Magna Carta Holy Grail had great production and the lyrics weren’t too bad, but Jay-Z just seemed uninteresting in his delivery. The man is over 40, nearly a billionaire, on top of the music world and is friends with the President, he obviously has nothing left to prove or say and it definitely shows in this album. I could see the Grammy committee giving him an AOTY nomination as a homage and nod to his career, but even if they do I’m sure Jay-Z will still go home completely empty handed next February.

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