And not necessarily in a good way: Social media was rife with frustrated fans unable to get the app to work properly, and many of them ended up hearing the highly anticipated release long after those who'd secured "MCHG" free through file sharing links.
Regardless, I've been up since 4:30 a.m. absorbing "MCHG" on the way to filing a full review of the album. Below are a few quick observations to help you decide whether you should care. Short answer: if you've ever been a fan of Jay-Z or his lead producer here, Timbaland, you should care deeply.
1. The first track on the album, "Holy Grail," features an instantly hummable
2. The rapper quotes
3. The Holy Grail in English mythology was the chalice belonging to Christ's uncle, Joseph of Arimathea. Joseph, along with Nicodemus, took Christ's body down from the cross. From there, the myth travels in many directions. In one version, Joseph and his chalice journeyed to Great Britain. You don't need to know any of this mythology to appreciate the album.
Nor do you need to know that the first mention of a so-called "holy grail" in English literature was in the late 12th century, a mere two decades before King John of England agreed to the terms of the Magna Carta. If you don't know about the Magna Carta, learn about it. "Magna Carta" is also a play on Jay-Z's last name, which is Carter.
4. The best sample on the album, by far, occurs on "Jay Z Blue," a song that name checks Blue Ivy, the rapper’s daughter with wife
5. Is the album any good? It really is. A full review will come later today.
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