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Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail

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Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Release Date: July 9, 2013
 
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04:19 PM on 07/11/13
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Need to spend more time with this but I pretty much agree.

I've never been a huge Jay-Z fan aside from the hits...what's the best album to start with? The Black Album?
04:22 PM on 07/11/13
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Need to spend more time with this but I pretty much agree.

I've never been a huge Jay-Z fan aside from the hits...what's the best album to start with? The Black Album?
reasonable doubt, the blueprint, and the black album are the three you MUST listen to. id go in the order i listed them. all three are three of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time and the black album was one of the first in the genre i heard.
04:36 PM on 07/11/13
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reasonable doubt, the blueprint, and the black album are the three you MUST listen to. id go in the order i listed them. all three are three of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time and the black album was one of the first in the genre i heard.
Sounds good
04:53 PM on 07/11/13
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Review could have done without those first two paragraphs but otherwise very well written.
04:59 PM on 07/11/13
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Review could have done without those first two paragraphs but otherwise very well written.
yeahhhhh i probably could have gone a different route but ive been told a few times by people that i dont like this album because its not yeezus and i felt it necessary to drive the point home WHY this is disappointing and that it doesnt have to do with me wanting another yeezus. probably a little indulgent for a review but, what are you gonna do haha, i had fun writing it
05:09 PM on 07/11/13
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yeahhhhh i probably could have gone a different route but ive been told a few times by people that i dont like this album because its yeezus and i felt it necessary to drive the point home WHY this is disappointing and that it doesnt have to do with me wanting another yeezus. probably a little indulgent for a review but, what are you gonna do haha, i had fun writing it
Yeah, it still works and gives the review some context and they're 2 really good paragraphs. Not a big complaint.
02:13 AM on 07/12/13
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Wonderful review, I completely agree with everything you've said. I wasn't a fan of Yeezus, but this record is ridiculously boring.
07:01 AM on 07/12/13
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Good review, and I think the introductory parts about Yeezus are completely justified. One artist is pushing the envelope and innovating while the other is comfortable stagnating in the same old territory. One thing I would add to the comparison, though, has to do with length. Kanye has learned to make a concise and consistent album, and I think part of the reason Yeezus succeeds is that it's this lean, relentless burst of abrasive aggression. Even MBDTF, which is nothing if not epic and sprawling, feels a lot more condensed than Kanye's older album because he learned to ditch the skits and the interludes (mostly) and the filler and make something that you actually want to experience in one sitting.

This album, on the other hand, just keeps fucking going. It's one thing that the songs aren't that good to begin with. I could have done with an album of disposable Jay-Z lyrics if every song had a great beat and a killer guest spot (which several of them do), but the in between tracks where it's just him are where this album really falters. I looked down somewhere around "Heaven" thinking, "shit, this thing has gotta be almost over," but there were still seven more songs.
07:12 AM on 07/12/13
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Sounds about right.
07:14 AM on 07/12/13
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Good review, and I think the introductory parts about Yeezus are completely justified. One artist is pushing the envelope and innovating while the other is comfortable stagnating in the same old territory. One thing I would add to the comparison, though, has to do with length. Kanye has learned to make a concise and consistent album, and I think part of the reason Yeezus succeeds is that it's this lean, relentless burst of abrasive aggression. Even MBDTF, which is nothing if not epic and sprawling, feels a lot more condensed than Kanye's older album because he learned to ditch the skits and the interludes (mostly) and the filler and make something that you actually want to experience in one sitting.

This album, on the other hand, just keeps fucking going. It's one thing that the songs aren't that good to begin with. I could have done with an album of disposable Jay-Z lyrics if every song had a great beat and a killer guest spot (which several of them do), but the in between tracks where it's just him are where this album really falters. I looked down somewhere around "Heaven" thinking, "shit, this thing has gotta be almost over," but there were still seven more songs.
agreed. I can't get through the whole thing in one sitting, there just isn't enough quality material to make me want to
07:14 AM on 07/12/13
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07:29 AM on 07/12/13
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Wonderful review, I completely agree with everything you've said. I wasn't a fan of Yeezus, but this record is ridiculously boring.
thank you!

Good review, and I think the introductory parts about Yeezus are completely justified. One artist is pushing the envelope and innovating while the other is comfortable stagnating in the same old territory. One thing I would add to the comparison, though, has to do with length. Kanye has learned to make a concise and consistent album, and I think part of the reason Yeezus succeeds is that it's this lean, relentless burst of abrasive aggression. Even MBDTF, which is nothing if not epic and sprawling, feels a lot more condensed than Kanye's older album because he learned to ditch the skits and the interludes (mostly) and the filler and make something that you actually want to experience in one sitting.

This album, on the other hand, just keeps fucking going. It's one thing that the songs aren't that good to begin with. I could have done with an album of disposable Jay-Z lyrics if every song had a great beat and a killer guest spot (which several of them do), but the in between tracks where it's just him are where this album really falters. I looked down somewhere around "Heaven" thinking, "shit, this thing has gotta be almost over," but there were still seven more songs.

yeah, the length of this thing is what made me dread going back for repeated listens to hammer out this review....i had the same problem with the new wale album. halfway through im begging for it to end only to realize i've still got 7-8 songs to go
07:31 AM on 07/12/13
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Biggest disappointment since ... well, I guess the other Roc Nation album that just came out.
07:32 AM on 07/12/13
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this album makes me appreciate yeezus even more. holy grail is legit though, too bad jay couldnt churn out 15 more

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