When you’re talking about the music industry, the term “fidelity” pretty much only refers to stereos and not romantic partners. We don’t know if the allure of the groupies are just too great, or if rich rock stars are walking lawsuit magnets, but paternity suits drop about as often as albums.
Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail dropped exactly one week ago today, but unless you: A) Had a Samsung Galaxy or B) Pirated the album, you weren’t able to hear it until it officially was released on Tuesday. Reactions to the album have been pretty mixed, but one thing is certain: Whatever you think of the lyrical/thematic content, Hova had a world-class lineup of producers —including multiplatinum hitmakers like Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, The-Dream, and Hit-Boy— cranking out beats for him to lay down verses over. So, which of these producers were responsible for the LP’s most memorable beats? Let’s break it down.
Gawker informs us that Jay-Z is currently in the midst of a six-hour lip sync session at an art gallery in the Chelsea section of New York City. He’s been “performing” the song “Picasso Baby” off his brand new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, for onlookers for a few hours now. Not surprisingly, a lot of these clips (including one of him slow dancing with renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic) have hit the Internet.
Jay-Z‘s heavily anticipated 12th album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, dropped a little less than 12 hours ago. It is not currently available for purchase at any of the “normal” outlets (think iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.), but if you have a Samsung Galaxy and/or any profiency at using search engines, it’s there for the listening. Its 16 tracks clock in at 59 minutes and 4 seconds, which means there’s a lot to digest here. We’re not in any rush to judge the album until we’ve spent at least 24 hours with it, but here are the five tracks that stood out to us over the course of the three spins we’ve given it so far today:
Happy birthday, America! Over the course of your 237 years, many of music’s biggest names—superstars like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and more!—have paid their respects to your broad stripes and bright stars in their videos. In honor of the 4th of July, we’ve put compiled these moments into what just might go down as the most patriotic GIF Wall in history. Ain’t that America?
“Put me anywhere on God’s green earth, I’ll triple my worth,” proclaimed Jay-Z on The Blueprint almost twelve years ago. Now, on the eve of the Samsung-sponsored release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, journey back in time with us as we take a look at this comprehensive list of business ventures—everything from sports teams to expensive truffles!—that Hova has lent his name to over the years.
J. Cole is just one of the many spectacular artists that will be performing tomorrow night at the Philly 4th Of July Jam, but that’s not the only thing that this burgeoning hip-hop superstar is looking forward to tomorrow. Of course, July 4 also marks the high-profile release of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, a project that was developed in near secrecy, but also one that’s game-changing marketing campaign is drawing raves.
Will Bruce Springsteen bring his tour to the U.S. for another leg? Rihanna takes to social media to remember her late grandmother, and Justin Bieber reportedly plans to address tabloid fodder in his next single.