Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2013 Ratings: #886 / 955
User Score
Based on 218 ratings
2013 Ratings: #397
July 4, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
HipHopDX

What is a surprise is that this is the most cohesive project Jay’s put together since The Blueprint

70
Consequence of Sound

The pieces congeal, eventually, to form a semblance of one of our most prominent cultural figures. The image just isn’t as defined, as focused, or as powerful, as it once was.

70
The Line of Best Fit

The bizarre juxtaposition of  Jay-Z on hit and miss form and a borderline-perfectly produced record makes it a trying listen. 

67
Pretty Much Amazing

Beyond some excellent beats and a few flashes of lyrical prowess, Magna Carta… Holy Grail doesn’t invite the kind of intrigue that Jay-Z is capable of.

66
Paste

This is by far Hova’s most casual record; he could’ve called it Shrugging in Luxury. It’s interesting, but it’s never happy, sad, angry or romantic. It’s not even overly smug.

60
The Fly

‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’ is a solid example of a decent modern rap album and nothing more.

60
PopMatters

The fact of the matter is, Jay-Z probably just can’t carry an entire album anymore if you’re a lyrics head. But Jay was always custom built for a world where beats take precedence over rhymes

60
DIY

Jay-Z’s latest does little to prove that he can come up with anything that isn’t entirely predictable.

58
Pitchfork

Only a small subset could acquire Magna Carta Holy Grail on its release date, and it seems safe to say that fewer still will relate to it in a meaningful way.

55
The 405

Musically, it feels relatively safe with a lot of moments that remind you of other songs, whilst lyrically it rarely offers us new insights into the man.

50
Spin

This isn't Watch the Throne, full of rich and weighty contributions from a man who is still enormously talented. It's rap music as a transaction, with a host of stars and hip names wrangled together to convince you it's not.

43
A.V. Club

The bulk of Magna Carta, however, really is just an obscenely rich dude gloating about his spoils. 

40
musicOMH

On Magna Carta… Holy Grail, however, Jay is not looking back or looking forward. He’s looking nowhere except in his overcrowded closet, the switch in his brilliant brain in the “off” position.

40
Drowned in Sound

Magna Carta… Holy Grail isn't a total bust, but neither is it anywhere close to Jay-Z's finest moments.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

If you ask me, Hov is the real King John here — well-liked, living the high life, godlike — but out of touch with the rest of us peasants, who just so happen to be the customers.

20
FACT Magazine

Magna Carta’s a mess, and not even an entertaining one – it’s simply a dull record by someone who’s in deep danger of going down as a dull human being.

MinatoArisato
65
A messy project from Jay. Holy Grail does actually have some rather high points that feel like a return to form such as Heaven, Somewhere In America and F.U.T.W. however the track list is justtoo bloated with meh tracks to be considered a solid project.

Best Track: Somewhere In America
Worst Track: BBC
Tielur
39
Too busy bustin in other bitches mouths to make a decent album
MrMclainy
50
You know, it’s funny because the most universally hated track on this project (Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit) is one of my favorites. It’s so fucking vapid and repetitive but it gets stuck in my head so fucking easily and whenever it does I’m never that upset about it really. Like, what does that say? Probably nothing. Maybe it just means I was hit on the head with a frying pan. Idk. This record is a chore and a half to sit through.

BEST TRACKS: Rick Ross Song, Oceans (YAUCHTIN, ... read more
luna128
20
Magna Carta Holy Fuck
exception
56
straight up decent album. didn't live up to the enormous hype built around it. i cannot pay attention enough to get through the whole thing in one listen.
fav tracks: holy grail, tom ford, picasso baby, la familia
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Track List

  1. Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake) 
  2. Picasso Baby 
  3. Tom Ford 
  4. FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt (feat. Rick Ross) 
  5. Oceans (feat. Frank Ocean) 
  6. F.U.T.W. 
  7. Somewhere In America 
  8. Crown 
  9. Heaven 
  10. Versus 
  11. Part II (On the Run) (feat. Beyonce) 
  12. Beach Is Better 
  13. BBC (feat. Nas, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell & Timbaland) 
  14. Jay-Z Blue 
  15. La Familia 
  16. Nickels and Dimes
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Added on: June 16, 2013