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  • Audio CD (July 23 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. Holy Grail (Feat. Justin Timberlake)
2. Picasso Baby
3. Tom Ford
4. FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt (Feat. Rick Ross)
5. Oceans (Feat. Frank Ocean)
6. F.U.T.W.
7. Somewhere in America
8. Crown
9. Heaven
10. Versus
11. Part II (On the Run) (Feat. Beyonce)
12. Beach Is Better
13. BBC (Feat. Nas, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell and Timbaland)
14. Jay - Z Blue
15. La Familia
16. Nickles & Dimes

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I'm a die-hard Jay Z fan, and own a physical copy of every one of his studio albums. So I spent the extra dollars and got the deluxe edition. The albums starts on a good note, as the the opening son, "Holy Grail" (with Justin Timberlake), is, in my opinion, the album's best. From there, the songs sound generic and other than "Oceans" (feat. Frank Ocean), the rest is average at best. Most songs are about how Jay Z is rich and wants more money, and in which he compares himself to artists such Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso. Yes, we get it, you are worth over half a billion dollars, rock Tom Ford suits, married to a megastar, and enjoying life.

Other than the music, the deluxe edition comes with two booklets of artwork that are quite beautiful, to be honest. And as for the inevitable comparison to Kanye West's album, little brother takes this round, no argument here. You can make the case that "Yeezus" was 2013's best music album.

Suggested for die hards only. If you're a casual fan who's looking for "The Black Album" kind of music, skip this release.
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This is really a classic album, I have listened to many of the songs on this album and I am blown away by how talented Jay-Z as an artist is. I strongly recommend to everyone that you purchase this album, it is on par with Blueprint III. Jay-Z is a Hip-hop genius and this album has so many great songs.
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104 of 125 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bb53f0) out of 5 stars He is getting lazy July 10 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Ok i'm going to be honest, the production is a 4 1/2 - 5 stars, his rapping/rhymes are about 1 1/2 - 2 stars and i'm being very generous. the album feels very rushed and like he just threw something together. it's almost like he did a "why even bother folks will buy it because i'm hov" type effort. if you just like to hear nice beats and could care less about a rap flow it is worth the money, but if you care about a complete product with meaningful lyrics then this is not the album for you.
49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bb7780) out of 5 stars He needs to transition... Aug. 10 2013
By InTheBlack - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase grown folk hip-hop.
He could set the standard. But, unfortunately, he's half-step-sleep-walking.
From this master wordsmith, we have here:
Wack, run of the mill beats.
Stale "made it against all odds", "don't hate" subject matter and delivery.
Extra, unnecessary obscenity...
I mean, there's so much going on in the world, including with black males, and ol boy has NOTHING new to say? SMH.
Yet another example of the sorry state of hip-pop.
I used to buy Jay automatically, sound unheard. But not no more. Half-stepping, entitled millionaires will WORK for my little dollar.
76 of 96 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bb76a8) out of 5 stars While Little Brother experiments, Big Brother sticks to the blueprint July 9 2013
By Akash - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Jay-Z and Kanye West are two of the closest collaborators in music and have dropped arguably the two marquee hip-hop releases of the summer. It's astounding then how diametrically opposed the two albums are, not only in sound but also in underlying philosophy. Kanye's is a minimalist, industrial work with almost no marketing campaign, seemingly entirely unconcerned with sales. Meanwhile, Jay-Z has given us among the most commercial albums of our time ("platinum before release") with Samsung as his benefactor. He leans heavily on his tried and true muses for lyrics and the usual suspects for beats, but he manages to grow just enough to keep himself above the fray. If Yeezus left you out in the cold, MCHG is chicken soup for the hip-hop soul.

All the themes you'd expect from a Jay-Z album are here: His rags to riches story, throwbacks to his days of selling drugs, his loyalty to his roots, jabs at his detractors, his absentee father, his young family. All are in rare form. The lyrics remain potent and when his skill lags his swagger and presence buoy the track. What other rapper could grunt his way through a third of a track and make it work? (see: Versus).

But amidst of all of the expected are the bits of growth that showcase an evolution sometimes unexpected from the genre. While rappers often flaunt their philanthropy, Jay anticipates giving without recognition ("The purest form of giving is anonymous to anonymous/ We gon' make it there, I promise this.") Whereas so much rap is concerned with the trials of fame, Jay-Z dismisses the minor annoyances of celebrity ("This ___ ain't work/ This is light work/ Camera snapping, my eyes hurt/ ______ dying back where I was birthed.") Where Jay-Z has often been guarded about his private life, he offers up his worst fears on "Jay-Z Blue," rapping "I'm starin' at her prayin' that things don't get ugly/ I'm stuck in that old cycle like wife leaves hubby/ ____ joint custody/ I need a joint right now just that thought alone ____s with me." He even broaches faith, subtly weaving a little philosophy into his standard fare, "Question religion, question it all...Ya'll religion creates division like my Maybach partition." These lines may seem insignificant, but it's these little flashes that have defined Jay-Z over the years. They're subliminal bits of sincerity that push a genre oft-maligned for its immaturity.

The album isn't perfect. As usual, the collaboration with Mrs. Carter is the low point. But there are enough tough beats and catchy hooks here to keep Miley twerkin' through the summer. MCHG may not explore the possibilities of rap sonically, in the way that Yeezus does, but it is the logical next lyrical and emotional step for Jay-Z. Whether he's starting a sports agency, sitting with Presidents or injecting a bit of maturity into a genre that sometimes needs some prodding, in some ways, Jay-Z doing the unexpected has become entirely expected.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bb7bc4) out of 5 stars Please go away, is there a no star button. Aug. 11 2013
By mando546 - Published on
I listened to it and thought to my self if this album was free I would give it one star. I am sure happy I did not pay anything. With efforts like these, Jay-z will you please go away and stop wasting everyone's time. Lyrically uninspiring, rife with pseudo complexity, unintelligent, incoherent, uncomfortable flow, despite what people are saying very little thought, if any went into lyrics composition and structure. The only redeeming quality on a track or two was background and even that should have been used on someone else. As a consumer you should be more demanding of the people that you place product loyalty with. As for me I would give the same amount of money as Jay-z put in effort with this piece of crap-ZERO.
27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bb778c) out of 5 stars Not Jay-Z's Best... July 10 2013
By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. - Published on
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Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail quickly became one of the most anticipated new releases of 2013. Jay-Z shocked the world by announcing a 'sooner than later' release of his newest effort. The problem with Magna Carta Holy Grail is that it fails to live up to the hype or the consistency that has characterized Jay-Z's previous efforts. Over the course of 16 songs, Jay-Z sometimes pleases while at other times he falls short of making a splash. There is no "Empire State of Mind" or "Run This Town" this time around; single "Holy Grail" hasn't had enough time to build a buzz. Ultimately, even some of the better, more memorable tracks are accompanied by a rub of some sort.

"Holy Grail" opens the effort, assisted by Justin Timberlake. Timberlake sounds soulful as expected, but seems to grab more spotlight than Jay-Z, the feature artist. Jay-Z does perform two verses, but they pale compared to Timberlake's contributions which are more interesting. Things are better on "Picasso Baby", in which Jay-Z proclaims himself to be the new 'Picasso'. The production has an old-school, east coast sound that is suited for Jay-Z. The best moment is the production switch-up that provides a backdrop for Jay's best, 'realest' verse, Verse 3 ("...They try to slander your man / on CNN and Fox..."). On "Tom Ford", Hov solutes the fashion designer stating "I don't pop molly, I rock Tom Ford..." on the catchy hook. It's not an outright classic by any means, but it's a worthwhile listen. "FkWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" follows, but finds neither Jay-Z or guest Rick Ross at their most substantive. The hook is catchy enough, but simple and shallowly based in bragging. Rick Ross does take a noticeable shot at Reebok ("Money talk I speak fluent...Reeboks on, I just do it...") Four tracks in, Magna Carta Holy Grail is a mixed bag.

"Oceans" gives Jay-Z a solid track, with Frank Ocean delivering splendidly on the socially conscious hook. The production is also among the best of the effort, using malicious brass and buttressing drum programming. Jay-Z sounds a bit more up to snuff on lines like "...Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace / I don't even like Washingtons in my pocket / Black card go hard when I'm shopping..." "F.U.T.W." isn't a bad follow-up, and Jay-Z goes deeper on certain lines ("America tried to emasculate the greats / Murder Malcolm, give Cassius the shakes...") while going 'small' on others ("Sipping D'USSE boy this ain't your daddy yak / he in a Caddilac, Me? In in the Maybach...") "Somewhere in America" is brief, dropping Frank Sinatra and Miley Cyrus references within the same song. Crazy?

On "Crown", Jay-Z takes the Kanye West approach, with lines like "You in the presence of a king / scratch that, you in the presence of a God...". "Crown" should be a turn off, but it is enjoyable enough. "Heaven" has a conceptual edge, taking a page out of J. Cole and Game's religious rap (Born Sinner (Deluxe Edition) and Jesus Piece). Like his colleagues, Jay-Z takes a liberal approach that's somewhere between free-thinking and blasphemy... Later on "Part II (On The Run)", Jay-Z brings in Beyoncé, proclaiming "my baby momma harder than a lot of you..." As true as that may be, "Part II" comes off a bit indulgent, overwrought in length, and odd. "BBC" isn't exactly what one might expect from a Jay-Z and Nas collaboration, but it is likable. Jay-Z in particular seems very concerned with all things material. The close of the effort is particularly odd. "Jay-Z Blue" is meaningful, but too much weight for one track. "La Familia" and "Nickels and Dimes" seem like filler.

Ultimately, Magna Carta Holy Grail feels scattered and lacks cohesion. It and Jay-Z himself have their moments, but neither seems to be at the 'top of the game'. After a run including American Gangster (2007), Blueprint 3 (2009), and Watch the Throne (2011), Magna Carta Holy Grail leaves more to be desired. Okay, but we all expect more from Hov.

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