Yesterday there was mass hysteria worldwide folks after Jay-Z in partnership with Samsung Galaxy released his “highly anticipated” new album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’.
Now whenever Jay-Z releases a new album his admirers cannot wait to gush all over it and then go on to proclaim that it’s the greatest piece of work since Thriller. But yesterday’s reaction to his latest album release was just insane. This was next level hero-worship. The way people were behaving, anyone would have thought that Jesus Christ had just dropped an album straight from heaven along with huge baskets of fried fish and loaves of bread to feed the world.
“Jay is a genius”… “This album is a masterpiece”… “This is what Hip Hop has been missing”… “Everything Jay does I research.. You’re dealing with a mastermind”…. “This is definitely Picasso rap!” …. “Jigga is on another planet!!!” … “Jay MUTHA F**KIN Z!!!!!! This album is CRAZY!!” …. “Jay says alot on this album…need time to digest and decode”.
I listened to the entire album yesterday and as expected the production is top class. Jay-Z in my opinion has always been a slightly above average lyricist who has been fortunate enough to have the best producers at his disposal. Producers that include Just Blaze, Kanye West, Timbaland and Pharrell all have a really good ear for music and throughout the years have done a BRILLIANT job of brainwashing the masses in to believing that Jay-Z is this lyrical God. But the reality is that when it comes to flow and lyricism Jay-Z is no Nas, no Biggie, no Rakim, no Chuck D and no Eminem. Listen to Renegade featuring Eminem on the 2001 Blueprint album. That collaboration says it all really.
Also the murders of two of Hip Hop’s biggest stars back in 1996 and 1997 left a huge void, and their tragic departures from the scene did not harm Jay-Z’s quest and descent in to the Hip Hop stratosphere.
But back to the ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’. Like I said before top class production but all this praise for Jay-Z baffles me. Did any of Jay’s disciples manage to stop praising him for long enough to notice the poor and lazy lyricism on display throughout this entire body of work? All he talks about on this album is money, material goods, his “bad bitch” and then back to money again. And don’t get me started on his sometimes very awkward flow showcased on numerous tracks.
‘Tom Ford’ does a stellar job of promoting the fashion designer’s brand and seeing as Jay has somehow successfully morphed into ‘America’s sweetheart’ Tom is probably in love with the track and Jay now has a walk in closet filled with Tom Ford suits.
Another track that caught my attention on Magna Carta is ‘Oceans’ featuring Frank Ocean. Frank sings:
“I hope my black skin don’t dirt this white tuxedo”
Now what the HELL does that even mean Frank? Explain this one to me.
Anyway all in all I will give the album:
9 out of 10 for production. 3 out of 10 for lyricism.
‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ will be hyped up as being a so-called “masterpiece” because the hero worship for the Jigga Man is just out of control. The man could cock up one leg, break wind and his disciples would still swear that the foul aroma coming from his underpants smells like lavender.
This former waste man from Marcy Projects can do no wrong.
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