Listen to Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Collaborations With Beyonce, Justin Timberlake + More [Video]
Jay-Z‘s groundbreaking and landmark ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail‘ is upon us, and you can listen to some of the songs, which feature the likes of his wife Beyonce and frequent collaborator Justin Timberlake.
‘Part II (On the Run)’ is a love story, done Jay-Z-style, and features the Queen Bey, delivering a butter smooth R&B vocal eschewing cliched romance while Jay raps about how bada— his baby mama is and other assorted things like dying for love, the notions of heaven and hell and all that good stuff. Is this as good as their ”03 Bonnie and Clyde’ collabo? You listen and be the judge.
Listen to Jay-Z + Beyonce on ‘Part II (On the Run)’
Then there is ‘Holy Grail,’ his collabo with ‘Suit & Tie’ partner JT. The intro finds JT crooning and singing over a piano melody before the Hov swoops down and spits his rhymes. This is also the track that samples the lyrics and melody for Nirvana‘s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’
Listen to Jay-Z + Justin Timberlake on ‘Holy Grail’
‘Tom Ford’ is a laid back track that mostly features the Hov, with Bey showing up at the very end to sing. Everyone in this camp loves the high-end fashion designer.
Listen to ‘Tom Ford‘
‘BBC’ features another appearance by Beyonce, along with Nas, Swizz Beatz, JT and Bey. It starts out with all sorts of references to fashion brands and boastfulness. It’s slowed down a bit, which may have been done to prevent it from being yanked from the Interwebs. Jay also quotes Britney Spears‘ famous line: “It’s Britney b—-.”
Listen to Jay-Z, Nas, Swizz Beatz, Beyonce + Justin Timberlake on ‘BBC’
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The appropriately titled ‘Oceans‘ is opened by Frank Ocean and one helluva beat. Best lyric? “The only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace,” which is a ref to Biggie Smalls aka The Notorious B.I.G. Holla!
Listen to Jay-Z + Frank Ocean on ‘Oceans’