The Rundown: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail

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The Rundown: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z's Twitter bio simply says "genius" and it's pretty hard to disagree. The roll-out of his 12th album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, has been nothing short of remarkable. The record was announced less than three weeks ago, via a commercial during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but it immediately became the most hyped album of the year. Jay bypassed the usual industry channels to release the album, partnering with Samsung, who gave away a million copies (purchased directly from Jay at $5 a pop) to customers who downloaded a free app on July 4, two days before the album hit iTunes and five before physical copies hit retailers today, July 9. It's almost enough to make you forget about what's truly important: the music itself. Here, we review Magna Carta Holy Grail track by track to see if it lives up to the hype — and that $5 million hole in Samsung's year-end balance sheet.  — Alex Gale


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