News: UPDATE: Jay-Z Ups The Ante, Unveils Official "Magna Carta" Cover

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 12:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

A few days after rap mogul Jay-Z appeared to have his Magna Carta Holy Grail album cover art premiered online, a new post on his Life + Times lifestyle website reveals its actual image.

Young Hov's site posted the eye-catching artwork early Wednesday (July 3).

Located in the United Kingdom, The Salisbury Cathedral, home to one of the four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta documents, has become the site which debuted JAY Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail album cover art. The installation will be on display at the Salisbury Cathedral Chapter House through the month of July. See the installation below. JAY Z's new album Magna Carta... Holy Grail will be available early to eligible Samsung users who have downloaded the #magnacarta app at 12:01 am EST on Thursday, July 4th. The album will be released globally on July 9th. (Life + Times)

Earlier this week, a Hov-less cover art image emerged online.

Jay Z's highly anticipated 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, is days away from dropping and the cover art has been released. It's a simple design. His labelmate and friend Kanye West recently released an album with simple cover art as well. Thought West's cover looks like an intricate design when compared to Jay Z's album cover. (Fansided)

A finalized tracklisting for the new LP also turned up this week.

01. Picasso Baby 02. Heaven 03. Versus 04. Tom Ford 05. Beach Is Better 06. FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt f. Rick Ross 07. Oceans f. Frank Ocean 08. F.U.T.W. 09. Part II (On The Run) f. Beyoncé 10. BBC f. Nas, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz & Timbaland 11. La Familia 12. Jay-Z Blue 13. Nickles & Dimes 14. Holy Grail f. Justin Timberlake) [Bonus Track] 15. Open Letter [Bonus Track] (Magna Carta Holy Grail)

Leading to its release tomorrow, Mr. Carter has released a series of mini-clips decoding tracks like "Heaven."

"This song is like, toying with the idea of being on heaven or hell on Earth. No matter what religion you are, accept other people's idea because have 'you' ever been to heaven? Have you ever seen, you know what I'm saying? My idea is heaven is in your daughter's laughter. Hell could be if your child is missing for three minutes, you're in three minutes of hell. It's just not my beliefs that a just God will make you burn to eternity for free will that he gave you." (YouTube)

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