My Honest Song for Song Review of #MagnaCartaHolyGrail
*This is a pre-claimer note about this review… I don’t need to gas this shit up for yall, but this music is fucking good!
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Holy Grail - JT snaps on this shit! Beat is amazing. They play with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. Perspectives on fame. This will be on the radio on repeat. #TrustMe
Picasso - This track is #Classic. Song is also #Classic Hov spits hard as fuck on this shit. Inspiration music for anyone who listens. Gives you an inspirational feel throughout the album. Which is always a good look. Hov does this well.
Tom Ford - Beat is another banger by Timberland and J-Roc. Hov skates past this track and almost lets the track speak for itself. I’m glad he spoke on how wack the current Molly culture is. He gets extra points for addressing that shit. And fuck it, what guy doesn’t wanna rock Tom Ford everyday??
Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit - Title screams Outkast circa 94’ - Starts with Pimp C speaking on some real ass shit! Beat = Another banger. Rozay goes in… jabs Reebok with a nice line. Hov spits crack. #SummerStreetsAnthem
Oceans - My favorite track on the album. #Amazing #Classic #DeepBars
F.U.T.W. - This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. “I’m just trying to come from under the thumb of this regime” This line represents so much… #Classic
Somewhereinamerica - Beat goes in! Hov spits more intricate lyrics that can be taken many places. He keeps making you think… jabbing Miley in the process. haha which is amusing. #classic
Heaven - The track. More ear candy. Beat is ridiculous. Hov Goes way over cats heads on this one: “Arm, leg, leg, arm, head — this is God body” … There are so many classic lines in this track. #AnotherClassic
Versus - Timberland laced this album. This track is #classic. Hov bodies most of the current industry cats in 16 bars of terror. Laughing at the competition.
Part II (On The Run) - I usually don’t like Beyonce singing all over Hovs tracks. But I like this one. I would-a been fine without it on there… But I still respect the overall track. This will be nice to step to… last song of the club type of shit.
BBC - Track is a nice. My least favorite on the album. Still a good track… just my least favorite.
Jay-Z Blue - Beat is nice. It always feels good to hear some B.I.G., as he graces the track. Hov spits some deep shit about the modern day family through his new found role as a father to his baby Blue. #ThisTrackIsReal
La Familia - Track slaps! Hov puffs his chest on this shit. #ClassicBars
Open Letter - Track knocks! Hov spits some heavy weight bars, even taking a couple jabs at the white house. There seems to be nothing that isn’t off limits to who and what he will address. Much respect for how he spoke about the Cuban situation, which has gone on way too long if you ask me.
All in all, it was a great album in a time where hip-hop is not creating some of the magic it was in the “golden era”.
Money isn’t everything, but people have to realize that Hov isn’t just a rapper. Matter of fact, “you can’t fit this hustla inside of a rapper”, as he spits himself. He takes the art-form of hip-hop and interwinds it with his business acumen, as well as marketing more of what he is building as an empire.
People see Jay-Z rise in net worth and power and want to speak about this or that… yet there are plenty of wealthy individuals around the world who nobody could give two shits about. It’s the classic case of the elites painting the picture that someone from a lower class stature rises to the top only through “Machiavellian” ways, “In modern usage, ―opportunist‖ is generally a derogatory term that refers to people who will do anything for themselves. They have no core values beyond promoting their own needs. They contribute nothing to society. This, however, is a misreading of the phenomenon and stems from an age-old elitism that wants to see opportunities kept as privileges for a powerful few. Those from the bottom who dare to promote themselves in any way are seen as Machiavellian, while those already on the top who practice the same strategies are merely smart and resourceful. Such judgments are a reflection of fear. -An Excerpt from “The 50th Law" by Robert Greene & 50 Cent."
This is what this whole album is about and represents to me. The rise in the ability for some of the people who have built this country to finally be able to reap in some of the benefits of their contributions. I mean take one second and think to yourself - there are not more than 5 Americans descended from slavery who are currently billionaires. Yet how many people of European descent are now billionaires?
Is it because people of color are not intellegent enough to reach this plateau? Or is there a deeper rooted problem, which is that wealth has been accessible only to a certain few. As President Barack Obama starts to change the landscape of what we all thought was politically possilbe, people like Jay-Z will continue to change what the financial landscape of this country looks like. I for one say… It’s about damn time!
All-in-all it was a great album, with at least 10 Classics songs within it.