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Jay-Z on Angie Martinez Hot 97 Interview (7/9) Video’s and Summary of what he said


Highlights of the interview

Jay-Z says he’s “obviously” proud of Cole and Wale, he’d be fine if Cole were to outsell him (#mylaugh)

When asked how he/ if he feel guilty about Dame Dash he said he’s still got love for Dame, thinks hell eventually find his way out but he can’t control what happens in life.

Thinks “Holy Grail” is one of Justin Timberlake’s best vocal performances.

Says he has legitimately had txts with Obama. Obama during Election Day said to him “4th qtr, just give me the ball”. Jay responded with “Word”

Beyonce’s HBO special gave him some anxiety. Because he reveals so much in his music, “anymore ima feel naked out here”

He’s watching the [Zimmerman]Trial heavy, otherwise stuff is bs, back to sports

He wants more kids

Ebro was indeed “you got scannas” guy on “Open Letter”

BBC in studio video with Nas, Timbaland, Beyonce, Swizz, Pharell and Justin Timberlake is amazing has footage of it hell release, wouldn’t be shocked if that serves as the video.

Had to shut down some instagram/vine action from a friend/hangeron in the studio

Lenny S. has ACCESS doe

Hov not regularly , but once in a while reads blogs, no gossip, no reality tv, seen love and hip hop (and everything) at least once

Does Jay ever get involved with Rhianna and some of her “situations “? -“only when asked ”

Gets into a weird thing where he talks about not needing money, but more in the way that he doesn’t care about it, not that hes earned so much he doesn’t need more.

Says Wale J.COlE Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail is all he really listens to now “not alot of room in the changer”

Says he doesn’t do backflips on stage anymore.


Won’t do a best of both worlds thing with Beyonce. “You see how that worked out

Jay unintentionally makes nas sound a bit extra “comfortable” saying he was impressed another man would say “Pharells a Pharoh, peep the features ”

Tells Angie “he’s busy”, TOUR TOUR TOUR, they’re a 2 income family. Maybe euro tour. Baby Blue’s passport game is already proper.

She’s musically inclined already, but sounds like jay in no rush for her to be in the game

Feels vulnerable having a child. Paparazzi are understandable, but take it too far

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Jay-Z Twitter Q&A Highlights , 6 music videos coming (“pieces of art”)


Today Jay-Z is holding and unofficail Twitter Q&A (4:55 pm est still going on)

Twitter user  @brianfagiolo tweeted this to Jay-Z  @S_C_ ,

@S_C_ Why do I care that you wear Tom Ford? I wear Hanes pocket t-shirts…should I write a song about it?

— Brian Fagioli (@brianfagioli) July 8, 2013

Jay responded with “YES. *my laugh” and it was on

Here are some other highlights of was a mostly playful chat

When asked if there are visuasl for the project he said “yes 6 pieces of art”

Hints that Reasonable Doubt is his “best work”

“Oceans” (which is currently his favorite song) is two years old, but we kind of already knew that I think


Or not..

Admits MCGH is not as good or classic as Reasonable Doubt, Blue Print and The Black Album “they can fight it out for 4th”

Working with Nas: “we had a great time in the studio ILL RELEASE THE FOOTAGE

Loves that the critics aren’t really feeling the album

When asked what hes listening to he said, James Blake and Gonjasufi but in typical Hov form he wrote “Gonj i cant spell it, so”

This ones pretty funny
RT @Ms_KdK so everyone is going crazy over @S_C_ responding to tweets but I just want to know what happened to AMIL? [spend it, oh the, NVM
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013

Says in response to is it his last album? “tried that once, didnt work so well”

He continued the “My Laugh” thing, something I dont think any other entity could do without coming off EXTREMELY arrogant, but not the Almighty Hovito

Jay-Z pal Aziz Ansari has joined in on asking questions lets see if Jay responds

He responded to 1st and 2nd question: “Linqunie and Clams”, and “Yes”, both ending with “but you knew that”

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Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail Official Tracklist & Production Credits


Courtesy of Hip Hop n More

1. Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake) [S. Carter, Justin Timberlake, Terius “The-Dream” Nash, T. Mosley, J. Harmon, E.] [Sample Credits:

Contains elements of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (K. Cobain/D. Grohl/K.Novoselic), published by EMI Virgin Songs, Inc. (BMI)/Primary Wave Tunes (BMI)/The End of Music (BMI)/MJ Twelve Mu]

2. Picasso Baby [S. Carter, T. Mosley, J. Harmon, A. Younge] [Sample Credits:
“Sirens” performed by Adrian Younge. used courtesy of Wax Poetics Records. Written by A. Younge, published by Linear Labs (ASCAP)
Produced by Timbaland for Timbaland Productions, Inc.]

3. Tom Ford [Produced by Timbaland for Timbaland Production, Inc. and Jerome “Jroc” Harmon for Bronze and Brainz Productions/Timbaland Productions, Inc.
Recorded by Chris Godbey for Side by Side/JVU Ent. and Dema]

4. FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt (Feat. Rick Ross) [Produced by Boi 1da for 1da Boi Productions and Vinylz for Vinylz Music Group
Additional production by Timbaland for Timbaland Productions, Inc. Recorded by Chris Godbey for Side by Side/JVU Ent. and]

5. Oceans (Feat. Frank Ocean) [Produced by Pharrell Williams
Additional production by Timbaland for Timbaland Productions, Inc.
Recorded by Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young at Jungle City Studios, NYC
Additional recording by Ramon Rivas a]

6. F.U.T.W. [Produced by Timbaland for Timbaland Productions, Inc. and Jerome “Jroc” Harmon for Bronze and Brainz Productions/Timbaland Productions, Inc.
Recorded by Chris Godbey for Side by Side/JVU Ent. and Dem]

7. Somewhere In America [S. Carter, C. Hollis, C. Camper, M. Dean] [Sample Credits:
Embodies portions of “Gangster of Love (Part 1)” written by Johnny Guitar Watson, published by Songs of Universal, Inc. o/b/o Virjon LLC d/b/a Booty Ooty Music (BMI) Sample recreation]

8. Crown [S. Carter, J. Webster, K. Bennett, M. Dean, M. Collins, B. Dixon] [Sample Credits:
Use of “Solid As A Rock” performed by Sizzla, courtesy of VP Music Group, Inc. Embodies portions of “Solid As A Rock” written by K. Bennett, M. Collins, published by Universal PolyGra]

9. Heaven [S. Carter, Terius “The-Dream” Nash, Justin Timberlake, T. Mosley, J. Harmon, W.] [Sample Credits:
“Reverie” performed by Adrian Younge, used courtesy of Wax Poetics Records. Written by A. Younge, published by Linear Labs. Contains elements of “Losing My Religion” (Berry/Buck/Mills]

10. Versus [S. Carter, K. Dean, J. Davis, T. Mosley, J. Harmon, F. Hubbard, M. Jones, M. Ta] [Sample Credits:
Embodies portions of “Sucka Nigga,” written by Ali Shaheed Jones-Muhammad, Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, Malik Izaak Taylor and Freddie Hubbard, published by Universal Music-Z Tunes LLC]

11. Part II (On The Run) (Feat. Beyonce) [Produced by Timbaland for Timbaland Productions, Inc. and Jerome”Jroc” Harmon for Bronze and Brainze Productions/TimbalandProductions, Inc.
Recorded by Demacio “Demo” Castellon at Oven Studios, NYC]

12. Beach Is Better [Produced by Mike WiLL- Made It for Eardrummers Entertainment LLC
Co-Produced by Marz for Eardrummers Entertainment LLC
Recorded by Chris Godbey for Side By Side/JVU Ent. at Jungle City Studios, NYC]

13. BBC (Feat. Nas, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz & Timbaland) [Produced by Pharrell Williams
Recorded by Chris Godbey for Side By Side/JVU Ent. and Demacio “Demo” Castelllon at Oven Studios, NYC
Assistant Recording Engineer: Ramon Rivas]

14. Jay-Z Blue [S. Carter, J. Harmon, C. Broady, T. Mosley, Justin Timberlake, S. Combs, D. McD] [Sample Credits:
Features samples from The Notorious B.I.G. recording “My Downfall.” Produced under license from Atlantic Recordings Corp. by arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Mus]

15 La Familia [Produced by Timbaland for Timbaland Productions, Inc. and Jerome “Jroc” Harmon for Bronze and Brainz Productions/Timbaland Productions, Inc.
Recorded by Demacio “Demo” Castellon at Oven Studios, NYC]

16 Nickles & Dimes [S. Carter, K. Joshua, M. Dean, S. Valentine] [Sample Credits:
Sample of “Nikels And Dimes” performed by Gonjasufi, used courtesy of Warp Records. Written by S. Valentine, published by Warp Music Limited (ASCAP)
Produced by Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshu]

So it seems Timbaland was not exaggerating, he pretty much produced the bulk of the Magna Carta album

Also very excited to see my man Adrian Younge’s name pop up in the credits for sampling his songs, the first time I heard him I thought to myself man this would be great to sample. If you havent checked out his solo stuff DO THAT, also check out the album he produced for Ghostface Killah early this year
Updates to follow

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2 New Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail Ad “Heaven” and “Jay-Z Blue”


In this brand new clip promoting Jay-Z’s July 4th album Magna Carta Holy Grail Jay gets kinda deep & waxes philosophical with the man with the Midas touch Rick Rubin and breaks down the thought behind the track “Heaven” off the forthcoming album.

Jay-Z Blue  

In this second clip he breaks down the song “Jay-Z Blue” which is not about his “favorite hue” as he once referenced but about his newborn daughter Blue Ivy and the paranoia of not being a good father because of the lack of positive influences he had as a child.  Probably the realest and most emotional of the clips and maybe anything ive ever seen from the usually impenetrable Sir Hov..

These commercials are cool and all, but how bout some music?

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Jay-Z “Holy Grail” Ft Justin Timberlake song Lyrics (written by The Dream)


6/24 11:45 pm
-So this seems to be the song Courtney Love was referring to that uses elements of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. The fact that its most likely Justin Timberlake that sings the lines “And Were All Just/Entertainers/ And Were stupid/And contagious ” , little bit cringe inducing potentially, no?

– As first spoken about here at GSF, The Dream confirms his involvment on the Magna Carta Holy Grail, specifically on the song Holy Grail

This is interesting in that Dream had stated that he worked on a song during the time of Watch The Throne that would be on Jay-Z next project, so this begs the question has Hov been sitting on this whole Holy Grail concept for over a year now?


Here is a new clip from Samsung promoting Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail album. In the 30 second spot we have Jay-Z and Timbaland talking about “hey we should do 4 more songs, since we got the time”. In the background you hear what has to be a Neptunes beat, later in the commercial a trippy, synthy beat is played and Timbaland is seemingly the producer.

You hyped for this album yet?, I know I am!

Also kind of interesting, Industry Insiders are predicting first week sales of 400-450k, which would put it ahead of what Yeezus’s 1st week numbers are said to be (final #’s will be available soon). However those same insiders had Yeezus debuting with 500k , so who knows.

Magna Carta Holy Grail due out July 4th via app, 72 hrs later to the public. Will it leak before the 4th is the real question?


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Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail Official Tracklist, via Fan Giveaway

Jay-Z is really taking this #newrules movement seriously. Today via Rocanations @JJmonster a small number of fans were given binders that contained individual pages listing the titles of the upcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail album that will drop on July 4

Magna Carta Holy Grail Tracklist:
01. Picasso Baby
02. Heaven
03. Versus
04. Tom Ford
05. Beach Is Better
06. FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt
07. Oceans
08. F.U.T.W.
09. Part II (On The Run)
10. BBC
11. La Familia
12. Jay-Z Blue
13. Nickles & Dimes
14. Holy Grail (title black out, rumored bonus track)
15. Open Letter (title black out, rumored bonus track)

This is rumored to be the album cover my guess is this will be one of 2 covers, similar to J.Cole’s Born Sinner, with this maybe being the normal one and the other picture being the alternate (deluxe)?jay-z-magna-carta-holy-grail

one last interesting tidbit, according to Courtney Love, Jay-Z uses lyrics from Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit on the new album


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Kanye Yeezus J.Cole Born Sinner Mac Miller album sales estimates

So according to which is pretty much the preeminent and almost only authority on album sales; this weeks hip hop releases are predicted as follows (based on first day estimates):
Kanye West Yeezus: 375-400k
J.Cole Born Sinner: 290-315k
Mac Miller Watching Movies With The Sound Off: 95-100k

Now bear in mind these are estimates, which as of late have often been a decent amount less than what the final #’s end up.

To me the biggest takeaway is how low Kanye’s sales are predicted to be. Industry estimates were in the 500k range, which frankly i thought was an intentional low ball because of the “F the system ” nature of Yeezus’s lead up and release. I figured between the past weeks feverish hype for Yeezus as well as the news over the weekend of Kanye and Kim Kardashian’s baby being born, pointed to the album over achieving sales wise. Now it’s very possible that Kanye’s very different approach to the album release could also have an effect on the predicting of sales, especially considering the no pre order element of Yeezus. But Hits Daily Double is too good not to factor that in.

The other takeaway is how well Cole’s Born Sinner is selling. Although not an unbelievable amount more than I thought (210-230k) his potential #’s would make his album this years 4th best release,with Timberlakes 20/20, West’s Yeezus and Daft Punks R.A.M being the top 3. Not bad company for young Jermaine.

If these numbers hold true the implications are interesting. To be fair I think Yeezus’s very good reviews and somewhat surprise element to many casual fans will lead to it having good and consistent sales for weeks to come.

The information is especially relevant to Jay-Z who seems on pace to have an even less traditional rollout for his album Magna Carta Holy Grail (he already has Kanye beat on the shortness between announcement to release date). The numbers really reinforce something I had immediately thought; why wouldn’t Jay-Z wait till at least today (6/19) to announce his album release. Stay tuned updates will be made to this post as the week goes on.

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