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Format: CD
Sku: 251712170
UPC: 857018004151
UPC 14: 00857018004151
Release Date: 7/9/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Holy Grail
2. Picasso Baby
3. Tom Ford
4. F*ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt ~ (featuring Rick Ross)
5. Oceans ~ (featuring Frank Ocean)
6. F.U.T.W.
7. Somewhere in America
8. Crown
9. Heaven
10. Versus
11. Part II (On the Run) ~ (featuring Beyonc?)
12. Beach Is Better
13. BBC
14. Jay Z Blue
15. Familia, La
16. Nickels & Dimes
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Jungle City Studios, New York, NY; Oven Studios, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Photographer: Ari Marcopoulos.
Muze PNote Like few other album openers, "Holy Grail" encapsulates what follows it and reflects a particular point in an artist's career. It's a vigorous if not particularly moving track, principally produced by Timbaland and J-Roc, which expresses bewilderment and conflicting emotions about rising from poverty to opulence. The first of a few early-'90s references is made -- the chorus of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is quoted -- and Jay-Z is as triumphant and as troubled as ever. He doesn't enter until the 80-second mark, preceded by a theatrical verse and hook from summer 2013 tour partner Justin Timberlake. As with a significant portion of Magna Carta...Holy Grail, it has a dashed-off, created between business engagements quality -- maybe there wasn't enough time to ask Timberlake who translated his version of the Hebrew Bible ("Sippin' from your cup 'til it runneth over"). Likewise, the album's remainder is sporadically energized, played safe with just enough timely pop-culture references and sonic curveballs to demonstrate that Jay-Z still has his finger on the pulse. He has Timbaland and J-Roc -- also co-producers of Timberlake's 20/20 Experience -- involved with most of the tracks, highlighted by a pair that sample Adrian Younge's 2011 psych-soul masterpiece Something About April, as well as some brilliantly bleary and prickly work on "F.U.T.W." Significantly lighter lifting is done by a cast that includes the likes of Pharrell and Swizz Beatz, as well as Kyambo Joshua and Mike Dean, who shine on the scuffed-up Gonjasufi-sampling finale "Nickels and Dimes." For all the lyrical flaunting of material wealth -- revolutionary art, designer fashion, yachting, globe-trotting -- the greatest ostentatious display here is in the enlistment of 2012/2013's hottest producer, Mike Will, for a single minute-length track. Unsurprisingly, it's the wildest, most advanced moment on the album. He still drops some casually brilliant reminders that he remains one of the best, as on "Oceans" ("Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace/I don't even like Washingtons in my pocket") and on "Nickels and Dimes" ("Pardon my hubris, Stanley Kubrick/With eyes wide shut, I could cook up two bricks"). ~ Andy Kellman

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Justin Timberlake
Muze Guest Artist Rick Ross
Muze Guest Artist Frank Ocean
Muze Guest Artist Beyonce

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hardcore (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ill Na Na (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations R. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Streets Is Watching
Muze Music Compilations Chyna Doll (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 400 Degreez (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Belly (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Ryde Or Die (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Venni Vetti Vecci (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Coming Of Age (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Truth (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Backstage Mixtape (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Of A Dying Breed (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Understanding (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reason (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Come Home With Me (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fix (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Girl Interrupted (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Charmbracelet
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Philadelphia Freeway (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dangerously In Love (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations State Property Presents : the Chain Gang Vol II (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Love & Life
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Scarface-Music Inspired By (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations M.a.d.e. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents: hip Hop Hits Vol. 7
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Tough Luv (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations R. In R&b Collection Vol. 1
Muze Music Compilations Baptism
Muze Music Compilations 534 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trill (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Late Registration (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Instrumental Icons Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Trill (cln)
Muze Music Compilations In My Mind (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations In My Mind (Clean Edition)
Muze Music Compilations The Breakthrough
Muze Music Compilations Duets: The Final Chapter (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Exodus
Muze Music Compilations Exodus(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Food & Liquor(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Port Of Miami (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations B'day
Muze Music Compilations From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Because Of You
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of X:pick Of The Litter(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of X:the Pick Of The Litte
Muze Music Compilations Ti Vs Tip (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations B'day
Muze Music Compilations Free At Last(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Solution
Muze Music Compilations X2
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits
Muze Music Compilations Here I Stand
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Way I See It
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iii
Muze Music Compilations Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Best Of NOW That's What I Call Music - 10th Anniversary Edition
Muze Music Compilations Road To Revolution:live At Milton Key(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:remixes
Muze Music Compilations Nortorious (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam 25:Dj Bring That Back 1984-20
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Therapy:session
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Xxxo:remixes(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Collection
Muze Music Compilations Black And White America
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations Talk That Talk [Deluxe] [edited]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives I Don't
Muze Music Compilations Essential Mariah Carey
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 46
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2 CD) (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:NO LIMIT RECORDS
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND
Muze Music Compilations MASTERMIND(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations ESSENTIAL SADE
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Solution(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trilla(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Infinity On High (w/ Bonus CD)(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Is Dead (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Is Dead (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE
Muze Music Compilations Iv Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Roots
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit Version) (Deluxe Version)
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations Raymond Vs Raymond

Associated Artists and Works

A Tribute To Jay-Z ~ Artists, Various
Bleek, Memphis
Bloodfire
Cent, 50
Dre, Dr.
Jeezy, Young
Streets Is Watching [PA] ~ Original Soundtrack
Sean, Big
Tapemasters, Inc.
A Tribute to Jay-Z [Big Eye] [PA] ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/09/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 001887902
Music Label Name Label : Roc Nation
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00857018004151

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.66)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Jay-Z remains a great MC; listen to how he layers his imagery on the Frank Ocean-assisted 'Oceans'..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.94)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the fiery, engaged 'Picasso Baby'....Rick Ross scores first."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Jay-Z
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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