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2.0 out of 5 stars He is getting lazy, July 10, 2013
This review is from: Magna Carta... Holy Grail [Explicit] [+digital booklet] (MP3 Music)
Ok i'm going to be honest, the production is a 4 1/2 - 5 stars, his rapping/rhymes are about 1 1/2 - 2 stars and i'm being very generous. the album feels very rushed and like he just threw something together. it's almost like he did a "why even bother folks will buy it because i'm hov" type effort. if you just like to hear nice beats and could care less about a rap flow it is worth the money, but if you care about a complete product with meaningful lyrics then this is not the album for you.
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Initial post: Jul 11, 2013 12:24:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2013 12:25:32 PM PDT
My sentiments, exactly. However you were way more generous than I was...

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 12:31:45 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 16, 2013 12:41:22 PM PDT
T. Ward says:
Unfortunately, because he is one of my favorite rappers, you took the words right out of my mouth.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2013 11:30:23 AM PDT
Joe Sodano says:
Unfortunately this is an album that is going to take months if not years to get due respect, as far as "not having meaningful lyrics" that couldn't be further from the truth. This album similar to Kanye's is very polarizing, as websites like rapgenius show this is one of Jay'z most profound albums, the only problem is it's incredibly subliminal and subtle compared to his past efforts. When Jay is at his best, he's laying lines that have a meaning at face value, but go deeper than that, this time around he changed things up and said things that had far less value at first, but when fully digested and analyzed are extremely deep and profound. Whether or not that was a good path for him to go is an opinion, but as far as the album having meaningless lyrics is about facts, something that's clearly false.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 10:17:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2013 10:21:50 AM PDT
"... Yeah you're right. It sounds like not very much creativity was put into it. His rhymes are never versatile outside of what he has already been rapping about since he first started. Same slow tempo of beats everyone else uses & emulates all the same with their rap albums & all his ideas are all the same & mundane as all other rappers & their albums they release. Sometimes the topics & rhymes He creates make no sense or there is no way to personally connect with them on his personal level. You're right about this album being rushed. His previous albums are better. He does much better when he only releases the Greatest Hits type of CD's of his. This album is rushed & tires out quickly. I have heard better albums of his. This album is , respectfully , a forgettable sleeper. Rap has changed way too much. Beats are way too slow & geriatric as if the rhythm needs a cane. This is why I stick to mainly the beginning of rap of the early 1980's , all 1990's & mostly 200's before 2011. After that, rap has changed it's whole approach to people. Rap is like a person you used to know & love & appreciate having it over for company & for dinner & all things recreational. Now since rap has changed , it's like you don't even know it anymore. As if it has changed it's name & taken on a whole new identity & life of itself. Like it's no longer the rap we knew & loved. Rap has definitely gone commercialized. I don't think Jay-Z or anyone these days in the rap industry raps from the heart anymore. To rap about what they love or feel or experienced good & bad. I think rappers & rap bands today only rap about topics that they perceive the audience wants to hear them say & will buy in the music store. Nothing is from the heart anymore. It's about rapping about what the audience wants & appeasing & entertaining what the fans want. I remember when rap used to mean something. When rap was genuine from the rapper & not rap music like it is now where you give your fans & listeners what they want to hear & nothing from the soul of the rapper. It's like fake it to you make it & a front for not rapping anymore about what is from the core of ones own mind, heart & soul. Rap used to have real stories & topics & we all used to be able to relate to rap a long time ago. Now all rap is all the same. Same topics , same beats. Just a growing audience of people who like rap who want all the same mundane repeat stuff. The only difference is that it's all new rappers coming out of the woodwork riding the same mutual wave. From 1979-2010 , rap was good. Now everyone wants to rap about the same stuff & have the same slow beat. It gets old hearing all rappers rapping about & have the same beats. My heart is with the old school rap. Rap music of today is like an old ex-best friend that has turned it's back on me & all it's fan to go commercial & be statistically a vortex of repetitive same topic based ideas everyone has tirelessly already rapped the hell out of those topics to death years ago. Rap is it's own worst enemy. It used to be good & then it turns on itself in later years by becoming something superficial, materialistic & monotonous. This is why my collection is heavily based on 1980's , 90's & millennium era rap artist based CD's I own."

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 3:31:55 AM PDT
Life28SBK says:
its been that way with Jay for alot of years... his last quality album was the black album.... but the music game is so wack right now that no one can challenge him musically. (except for Nas)

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 10:26:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 23, 2013 10:29:16 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 29, 2013 5:51:17 AM PDT
chuckie says:
This album sucks! I had the pleasure of listening to this album on a 9 hour road trip! This album sound as if it was rushed. The song with him and Beyoncé is the best song on the album. Hov get back to your roots go and ask Premo, Just Blaze, Rza or Diamond D for some beats.... Dude you are losing the fan base that got you where you are today..... You are trying to get the "Drakes, Kendrick Lamars, and Two Chainz fan base. They know nothing about "Real Hip Hop". If anyone can bring back the Boom Bap in Hip Hop its you.....

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2013 12:12:36 AM PDT
"I agree with everything except 1979-2010 rap was good" I would say that before 1994, gangster rap was not yet truly invented, and rap music was really in it's infancy. Yea you had pioneers before that, but there wasn't as complex rhyming/flows. Early 2000's like 2002 or 2003, it had already begun a huge decline. Everything was starting to become mainstream. Big and Pac died, Jay-Z and Nas, while the greatest living rappers even to this day, started doing more commercial rap. 50 Cent as talented as he was, was a commercial rapper and when 50 cent hit big, to me that was the beginning of the end. Kanye West was interesting in his first album but after that, very few artists were original and did anything that wasn't done better during the golden era. 1994-2003 Hip-hop R.I.P.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2013 1:53:56 AM PDT
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