The Rundown: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail

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"BBC"

From the title on down, Magna Carta is draped in self-serious grandiosity, and at times it's stifling. But on "BBC," there's a much-needed touch of fun, courtesy of Pharrell's driving, Latin-esque beat and the hook's singalong vibe. Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz join the party on the chorus, but Nas is the guest of honor, with an opening verse that shouts out mock necks, bucket hats an Fila sweats — an appropriate old-school touch for a song that recalls golden-era posse cuts.     

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