All Of The Beats On Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, Ranked From Best To Worst

by (@unclegrambo)


10. “Oceans” (produced by Pharrell Williams & Timbaland)“Oceans” is definitely one of the five best songs on the album, but not because of its beat. There’s another Pharrell and Timbaland co-production on this album that we’re over the moon for, but not this one…

9. “Part II (On The Run)” (produced by J-Roc & Timbaland) – Snooooooooooooooooze.

8. “Heaven” (produced by J-Roc, The-Dream & Timbaland) – Now we’re starting to get to the good stuff! “Heaven,” much like “Picasso Baby,” is built around an engaging Adrian Younge sample. (It’s pretty clear that his LP Something About April is in heavy rotation at the Timbaland household.) This time around, though, J-Roc, The-Dream and Timbaland add a few stylistic flairs —spoken word sections, additional percussion— to an intriguing section of “Reverie,” elevating it as a whole.

7. “Jay Z Blue” (produced by J-Roc & Timbaland) – Things really get interesting right off the bat here with an out-of-left-field Faye Dunaway sample from the 1981 camp classic, Mommie Dearest (“NO! WIRE! HANGERS!”). When you add Jay trading words with the late Notorious B.I.G. in the song’s second verse, you have the makings of a really memorable track.

6. “Nickels and Dimes” (produced by Mike Dean) – This song is pretty much a straight lift of a song called “Nikels And Dimes” by an obscure artist named Gonjasufi. And you know what? We’re totally okay with it. If you dig through enough crates to find a beat like this, you should be applauded.

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