magna carta holy grail
sean carter & timbaland hook up to deliver the rapper's magnum opus - & it doesn't disappoint.
with a host of guest vocalists including justin timberlake, nas, frank ocean, beyonce & pharrell backing him up, jay z proves he's still at the top of his game, ruminating on fame, money his roots & his country with his usual wit & flair. largely produced by timbaland with some choice beats by pharrell & mike will-made it thrown in too, the result is mainstream, but it's mainstream hip-hop at its best. "from wondagurl’s sizzla-sampling “crown”, to pharrell’s gyrating timbaland bite “bbc”, to the fleeting space-rap grind of mike will’s “beach is better,” mchg is all the stronger thanks to jay’s networking" - time "even at his most checked-out, jay-z remains a great mc...the production, mostly handled by timbaland, is woozy & grand – another luxury possession" - rolling stone.
1. Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)
2. Picasso Baby
3. Tom Ford
4. FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt (feat. Rick Ross)
5. Oceans (feat. Frank Ocean)
7. Somewhere In America
11. Part II (On the Run) (feat. Beyonce)
12. Beach Is Better
13. BBC (feat. Nas, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell & Timbaland)
14. Jay-Z Blue
15. La Familia
16. Nickels and Dimes