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Old 02-16-2021, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail

I own this vinyl album also and it came with a bonus track you had to take scissors or a knife to cut out and play the thick paper that had the bonus track on it. It was cool but sort of too much effort on Jay-Z’s part. This is one of my favorite albums of all time, I downloaded the app the night it was released back in 2013. This was when I was living in my Aunt Tonya’s apartment and wow was that weird time for me. But this album was getting lots and lots of plays back then, into when I moved to Saint Cloud, Minnesota. After Minnesota and moved back to Iowa, I bought the vinyl album once I started collecting albums. From my understanding of the history that took place on the hype for this album, it was only on the Samsung app, which there were 1 million apps? Sort of confused on how that went down because he wanted to sell a million on the first week or day, so he teamed up with Samsung, the phone company to release an app with the album on it. Not knowing me and lots of others been using the internet for decades now and getting music back then was really easy for me.

There were lots of all-star producers for this album and it is great because this album is amazing. As I typed in the first paragraph, I was into this album in different states, Iowa, Minnesota, then in Connecticut after I moved back here. First week sales for this album was 528,000 in week one, according to the wiki page and it was Jay-Z’s 13th consecutive number one album. Timbaland produced a lot of this album and that could be why it’s so good. Putting his drums onto anything just makes the song better.

The idea of using Timbaland for a whole album for Jay-Z was a great choice because the album slaps with bass. Compared to 4:44, a more conscience Jay-Z. MCHG has Timbaland slapping beats throughout the album and you can vibe to it. I love the cover and title of “4:44”, but the music I haven’t caught the vibe to yet. “Tom Ford”, amazing beat, simple slapping kicks with an awesome bass sound. “Heaven” off this album is Top 100 hip-hop songs of all time. Amazing sample on “Heaven” and the lyrics match the title and sample; just the whole vibe is really nice. The cover artwork for this album is really cool, simple, and plain but also with some style. I ended up painting on the vinyl bonus track and inserts from the album but still have the outside case and both vinyl for it.
“Somewhereinamerica” is one of the top songs on the album. The best line from the song is “When I was talking instant gram, that thing you wanted, was your picture snapped”. One thing Jay-Z did that always impressed me was that his debut album was on his own label.
7 Song Album:
  • Heaven
  • Holy Grail
  • Tom Ford
  • ****WithMeYouKnowIGotIt
  • Picasso Baby
  • Somewhereinamerica
  • Beach Is Better
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