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Review: Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' full of empty boasts
Review: Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' full of empty boasts

It's possible to pare down the gist of "Magna Carta Holy Grail," the 12th solo studio album from New York rapper/businessman/new dad Jay-Z, to three simple words uttered in a track called "Tom Ford." "I'm so special," declares the rapper, 43, and anyone who stayed up late Wednesday night to hear the record, issued first through a computer app available only to owners of a particular brand of smartphone, isn't in a position to argue. He's the man who can sell a million records with a minion's flip of a switch. In addition to his wife being Beyoncé, what kind of "so special" is the man born Shawn Carter, exactly? Oh, he could go on and on. "It's Bordeauxs and Burgundies," he explains...

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