I must admit, when I first heard about Jay-Z’s new Samsung deal to release a new album I had mixed feelings. On one hand, he’s had a long history of producing quality hip-hop with nice beats and great rhymes. On the other intertwined with his clever bars are a number of misogynistic luxury lyrics. Jay-Z’s rap career did take off in his 20s, when one is typically still figuring themselves out, thus explaining why his songs would exude talent paired with a level of ignorance that would disappear with age. Or so I thought.
As he’s aged, Jay-Z has continued making music glorifying a street lifestyle complete with reckless spending and degrading women, even though his success indicates he hasn’t known that life for quite a while. Eventually, after having a daughter of his own, Jay-Z announced that he’d retire “bitch” from his vocabulary – then used it a year later on his song for The Great Gatsby soundtrack. With a history of back-peddling and refusing to mature (30 is NOT the new 20), it’s hard to tell what to expect from this new album. Will we get a more reckless “Money, Cash, Hoes” Jay-Z on this album or will his recent life accomplishments (growing an empire, having a daughter, etc.) give us the more reflective “Song Cry” Jay-Z ?
Today Samsung released a brief trailer for “Jay-Z Blue”, one of the tracks from the upcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail album. In the trailer, Jay-Z explains to Rick Rubin (who seems to just be chilling on every successful rapper’s couch these days) how his father leaving him at a young age still affects him today. Jay explains that his dad didn’t teach him to be a man, and he didn’t teach him how to treat women. Now look what he is – a father to a little girl.
I’m personally a fan of introspective Jay. His skills at expressing his personal life in rhyme sound better than his fun yet shallow moments. Based on this short clip, I’m expecting this single to reflect his fears of being a father, both the general fears every man has and those shaped by his personal life experiences. I just hope “Jay-Z Blue” lives up to my expectations.
In addition to Jay-Z Blue” the new album includes “Oceans” featuring Frank Ocean , and “Part II (On the Run)” featuring Beyonce. His collaborations with both artists in the past have been great so I expect nothing less this time around.
Check out the teaser below. Magna Carta Holy Grail drops July 4 – are you excited for it?
Esta Fiesta is a Brooklyn based blogger with a love of music and finding new shoes. When she's not watching a movie or testing out new hair products she can be found doing Pilates - but only so she can eat from the waffle truck of course! Follow her Tweets at @ItsEstaFiesta
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Having always been an avid reader and writer, Esta Fiesta got her first taste of being a published author at age 8, when a teacher submitted her work to the Children’s Anthology of Poetry. She knew this wouldn’t be the last time she saw her name in a published work. Years later Esta Fiesta found herself studying English, Communications and Psychology to hone her writing skills and perfect her craft... Read More