Forget the hype, listen for yourself below
Jay-Z’s new album has been more about priority deals with Samsung, a hacked app containing political messages and fancy adverts featuring plenty of talk. Amidst all this, it’s easy to forget there’s actually a new 16-track album from one of the biggest rappers of all time, and you can listen to it all right here.
Jay Z's new album has had mixed reviews
The new record kicks off with a Justin Timberlake collaboration, and features lyrics in the style of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, something Courtney Love gave permission for Jay-Z to do. The rapper forged a relationship with Timberlake upon the singer’s return to prominence with Suit & Tie.
Looking happy - Jay-Z's new album is out there for all to hear
The reviews haven’t been terrifically kind to Shawn Corey Carter, but one of them certainly has. Remember Ellen Grossman? Well if you don’t, she bumped into Mr. Carter on the subway and had a nice chat – this went viral, and now she’s somewhat of an authority on the rapper, and gave her sixpence on Magna Carta Holy Grail. "It sounds like he's really going deep into his heart and into fatherhood and even the meaning of fame.[He's saying] that the money's nice, but there's life beyond that, that he's exploring. I picked that up from the papers but I felt it in the man too, when I met him," she says, in one of the more in-depth reviews we could find.
Unfortunately, Magna Carta Holy Grail got lost in marketing campaigns as he tried to maximise exposure for his new record, such is the state of the music industry. Bad reviews won’t stop people seeing him live though, and when he tours his latest offering, you can be sure those Picassos won’t be out of financial reach.