Kevin L. Clark

Magna Carta, Holy Fail: The 15 Worst Twitter Critiques & Reviews Of Jay-Z’s MCHG


Yesterday (July 9), the rest of the world officially got their hands on Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter‘s latest studio album,  Magna Carta, Holy Grail. The Roc Nation head honcho is capping off a pretty exciting time in his career that finds his cohorts succeeding (Yeezus and Born Sinner, respectively), his brand expanding (he netted $20 million with the Samsung deal), and his journey from drug dealer to billionaire businessman coming full circle.

Brooklyn’s own has had two decades to reflect on many of the topics that are on display in Magna Carta, Holy Grail. His braggadocios claims, backed by Samsung ads, superstar friends and Rick Rubin’s bare feet have all added an element of hype to Lucky Lefty’s latest effort. But, as we all know, hype is commonly understood to be full of hot air and signifies nothing. Even with Jay’s promotional and marketing acumen, and, most recently, a Twitter Q&A — are music fans ready for this new brazen display of corporate greed disguised and packaged as a noble act by a living legend?

While Jay-Z feels confident that his duality as a former Brooklyn bad guy turned “BBC” world leader will amount to another #1 (as of writing this, U.S. sales chart already claim Jay-Z will take the top spot with 350-400k sales) — other audiophiles just aren’t so sure. We scoured the Twitterverse to find out what the Internet thinks of Jay-Z’s latest gaudy, big-business offering, and found 15 critiques and reviews worth checking out.

Will their opinion stop you from copping the album? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Uncle C

    Lyrically born sinner was better. But Jay has already said that he’s not doing intricate anymore. When he gave bars on Kingdom Come, it wasn’t received well. I don’t blame him. This generation doesn’t want triple entendre and intricate hip hop. They want that fly talk that rick ross gives.

    • MissMere

      So does that mean he is being true to himself, as an emcee? Or selling out to make another buck? I get it. He’s not a business man, he’s a business….MAN. But he has plenty of money. Is that just an excuse? Him saying he’s doesn’t want to do intricate hip hop? A lot of Jay’s fans are old-schoolies like myself and cringe at the idea of him dumbing himself down to try to fit in with the “youngstahs.” It’s not necessary. He doesn’t need to do that. HE IS JAY-Z. So at the end of the day, it’s not about the art. It’s about the dollar. And that’s cool, I get it. But from true fans that were with him from the beginning when he was spttin’? Disappointing. I agree with one of the tweets above that he’s phoning it in now. Capitalizing on his name and his brand instead of concentrating on his art form which is what got him to the status of the emcee that he is today. To the demographic that still enjoy (the real definition of) MUSIC (because we DO exist), I repeat. Disappointing.

      • Erin

        You said everything I thought about this and put it way better than I could have. It’s a shame that he thinks like this. Sacrifice who you are as am emcee in order to stay “relevant” and make money. I guess that’s what he needs to do in order to stay at the top.

      • rista

        Agreed…at his age he should be capable of true unapologetic artistry.

  • tysandsnyc

    It was okay. Wasn’t the best though. I’m only here for Mrs Carter though.

    • Odell David

      jayz cd was good compare to majority of the music that comes out these days. I’ve read the reviews from yahoo, Washington post and NY Times!!! these are the same ppl listening to rap and when jayz says miley cirus still twerking is really thinking he’s talking about the real miley cirus.. smh they don’t know what there listening to. I bought the cd off iTunes and I really like the cd. is it his best work.. probably not but it’s good work. the same way the reviews gave will smith new movie bad reviews then once I watched it I liked it. when was the last time anything our ppl did got a good review??? NEVER!! and i’m def not listening to yahoo or the Washington post give a review on something like that!!!

  • Odell David

    ok… most of the ppl they showed we’re white. and when I start listening to a white person give a review about a rap album I don’t wanna be black anymore. that’s like a black person give a review about a rock n roll album. 85% of most black are going think it sounds unbelieveable terrible!!!

  • youngmjay

    Album hasn’t been out a week how can you review it jay is old but his bars will fly over your head its a good album better than what’s goin around today