The Rundown: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail

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"Oceans" feat. Frank Ocean

On Twitter, Jay repeatedly touted the "new rules" this album represented. But musically, the album is often the same old for Jay. "Oceans," however, is a notable exception, with its juxtaposition of slavery, struggles and success. Frank Ocean provides perhaps the most poignant, thought-provoking hook a Hov song's ever had ("I hope my black skin don't dirt this white tuxedo"). Jay doesn't manage the same depth, but his first verse provides some pointed troll-bait to his Fox News naysayers, dissing Christopher Columbus and George Washington and spotlighting America's bloody roots: "I'm anti-Santa Maria, Only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace, I don't even like Washingtons in my pocket," he raps.

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