The Rundown: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail

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"Nickels and Dimes"

"Nickels and Dimes" is a strangely quiet, gloomy and altogether boring ending to an album that was billed as a game-changing event, with a capital E. The occasionally brilliant couplets ("Pardon my hubris, Stanley Kubrick / With eyes wide shut, I could cook up two bricks") can't save the muddled beat, and several bars are wasted needlessly dissing Harry Belafonte for his criticism of Jay earlier this year.

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