And what a holiday it is! Though Jay-Z’s new album, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail,’ was only released to Samsung Galaxy users on July 4, two of the album’s tracks have hit the internet, one featuring his beautiful wife and another with his BFF, Justin. Listen to them below!
Of course Jay-Z found a way to detract attention away from the Fourth of July. The iconic rapper (partially) dropped his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, on July 4, but you can hear the two most star-studded tracks from the album, with Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, right here.
Jay-Z & Beyonce Stick Together
Jay’s collaboration with his wifey, Beyonce, “Part II (On The Run),” is a pretty, catchy documentation of their lives together. “I don’t care if I’m on the run/Baby as long as I’m next to you,” Beyonce croons on the track.
The song talks about how they started at the bottom and have now propelled themselves to near royalty — and they’ve done it all together. There’s also an underlying sense that both Jay-Z and Beyonce have no problem shrugging off the haters because they can lean on each other through hard times. It’s about as beautiful and touching as rap gets.
Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake On Fame
And then there’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake. Jay helped out on JT’s The 20/20 Experience, now it’s time to repay the favor. This song tells a much different story, far from love. It’s a study on the harsh give-and-take relationship of fame.
Jay and Justin have worked so hard to get to where they are — to achieve a certain level of freedom most will never know. But now that they’re at that level, they’re realizing that it comes with a whole different set of limitations. “Can’t even take my daughter for a walk,” Jay-Z poignantly raps. It’s a very interesting point that hip-hop’s tendency towards opulence hardly ever touches on.
And boy, Justin’s voice is insane on this track.
Jay-Z Loves Tom Ford
Most rappers name-drop designers in their verses, but Jay-Z up and made a whole song dedicated to one. “Tom Ford” is the lead track on Magna Carta and showcases Jay’s ultimate high-fashion knowledge with lines like, “I don’t pop Molly/I rock Tom Ford.” Rap has never been so classy.
Tom actually did the wardrobe for Jay’s appearance in Justin’s “Suit & Tie” video — Hov must have really liked his work. All three of these songs really illustrate just how eclectic and diverse Jay-Z’s newest album is — you’ve got love songs, songs about fame, and very specific songs about fashion. What more could you ask for?
Listen to both “Part II (On The Run)” and “Holy Grail” below and let us know what you think, HollywoodLifers! And remember, Magna Carta Holy Grail is released to the whole public on July 7!
LISTEN: Jay-Z feat. Beyonce – ‘Part II (On The Run)’
LISTEN: Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake – ‘Holy Grail’
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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