The Rundown: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail

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"Crown"

Hova, meet Yeezus. The distorted bass hits, filtered dancehall sample, creeping cellos and Bon Iver–inspired vocal layers of "Crown" undeniably recall Kanye West's latest — and indeed, Yeezus collaborators Travis Scott and Mike Dean helped produce it. But this song never reaches the delirious heights of madness that make that album so compelling. Like on much of Magna Carta, Jay plays it too safe: His diss to a new rival, sports super-agent Scott Boras, is the edgiest his rhymes get here. 

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