The Rundown: Jay-Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail

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"Jay-Z Blue"

After treading familiar ground for much of Magna Carta, Jay finally shows a new, deeply personal side here, his answer to Nas' "Daughters." With help from Biggie samples and an acoustic-guitar-and-strings combo, he candidly talks about his own father's unloving absences, and prays that he won't repeat the cycle with his own daughter, Blue Ivy. "I'm lying if I said I wasn't scared," he admits. It's almost enough to make you ignore the random, totally unnecessary samples from Mommy Dearest, which threaten to derail the song.


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