"Magna Carta Holy Grail" is Jay's first album since fatherhood, and you can tell that fatherhood has made him wiser. In the behind the scenes video features, Jay has appeared introspective and all about change and growth. He talks of the every day struggles of life and maintaining a balance.
While on his track "Oceans" which, features Frank Ocean, he talks about the journey, our journey through the Middle Passage and now his own journeys through the same waters. And also the plight of African Americans.
Check out all the "Magna Carta" video features and lyrics below. The album is available July 4, to Samsung users and July 7, for everyone else. I can't wait.
Inside "Magna Carta Holy Grail" : Jay introduces and takes us into the meaning of "Magna Carta Holy Grail" on Father's Day, during Game 5 of the 2013 NBA Finals, Miami Heat -vs- San Antonio Spurs. Which the Heat go on to win in Game 7, earning them a Repeat Championship.
"One to Many": For Hov it's all about setting #NewRules and setting new trends. He's looking for that "radio moment"...that Hip Hop moment.
"Heaven": Jay talks heaven, hell and religion. And how life can be both heaven and hell.
"Holy Grail": The struggle and trappings of fame. Jay tells what he's learned from Hammer, Tyson and those before him. It's the gifts and curses of fame.
"Jay-Z Blue": Jay speaks of the love he has for, his daughter, Blue and also, his fears of fatherhood, and still worries about the effects --of his own dad leaving him, and wondering will it have an effect on his own fatherhood.
"Oceans": It's all about the journey. How our past shapes our futures. It's about the duality, and rewriting our history.
"4 More": After months in the studio, even recording last June in the Hamptons with JT, Jay lets Timberland know, he's ready for "4 More"
The Official Track Listing:
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
The Lyrics revealed via the app:
Sources: Life +Times, MagnaCartaHolyGrail.com, GlobalGrind, Vibe & Rap-Up