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Music Review: Holy Grail, Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake

jay-z-magna-carta-holy-grailJay-Z’s Holy Grail, featuring Justin Timberlake – Lyrics and Review

You take the clothes off my back
And I let you
You steal the food right out of my mouth
And I watch you eat it
I still don’t know why
Why our love is so much
Ohhh

You curse my name
In spite to put me to shame
Air all my laundry in the streets
Dirty or clean
Give it up for fame
But I still don’t know why
Why I love it so much
Yea
(Hook)
And Baby
It’s amazing I’m in this maze with you
I just can’t crack the code
One day you screaming you love me loud
The next day you’re so cold
One day you here, one day you there, one day you care
You’re so unfair sipping from the cup
Till it runneth over, Holy Grail
 

As a melancholy Justin Timberlake sails through “Holy Grail’s” opening and hook, hip hop veteran Jay-Z rips through his verse to show his love/hate affair for fame. With lyrics such as,

Now I got tattoos on my body
Psycho bitches in my lobby
I got haters in the paper
Photo shoots with paparazzi
Can’t even take my daughter for a walk
See them by the corner store
I feel like I’m cornered off
Enough is enough
 
Jay-Z sends a clear message of how anyone can be affected when fame magically heightens one’s spirits only to knock them back down.

On August 29,2013,the dynamic duo made history on social media. When the video for “Holy Grail” premiered on Facebook, it was the first time a video from any major artist or artists, premiered only on the site. With his already massive fan base, Jay-Z’s unexpected Facebook debut made it possible for his audience to become even bigger.

Produced by The-Dream, Timbaland, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, and No ID – Holy Grail contains elements of grunge band Nirvana’s 1991 hit single “Smells Like Teen Spirit“.

Following the release of its accompanying album, the song debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while charting at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the UK Singles Chart.

With Holy Grail serving as the album’s first single, Magna Carta Holy Grail became Jay-Z’s 13th studio album in a row to top the Billboard 200, extending his record for the most chart-toppers by a solo act in Billboard’s history. Magna Carta Holy Grail is in stores now.

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Ashly is a freelance writer and poet from Baltimore, MD.

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