Nearly a week away from its release, hitmaker Swizz Beatz has offered some details behind Jay-Z‘s seemingly overnight Magna Carta Holy Grail solo album.
While Young Hov has put together classics for more than 15 years, Swizzy believes Magna Carta is a direct reflection of the rap star.
“Jay is just ahead of the times. I’ve been working with Jay for 17 years now–which is crazy because I’m only 34,” Swizz explains. “This album represents Jay. It’s like… how do give somebody something authentic that they can go back pull from and give them something that’s ahead of its time? I think he summed that up very well.” (VIBE)
Beatz also addressed fans persistence on comparing Jay’s newest efforts to past albums.
He continues: [Fans] always want to go back to the classics. You always have that hunger of ‘Man, why didn’t he didn’t he just… Man, he’s supposed to…’ It’s always going to be that. For the first time in a long time I think someone solved that problem. He did that with this album.” (VIBE)
Earlier this month, the Ruff Ryders producer released a handful of tweets about the LP.
“http://MagnaCartaHolyGrail.com ????????????????????????????????????????????RT,” he tweeted June 16th.
“Sky is not the limits it’s just the view! http://MagnaCartaHolyGrail.com http://instagram.com/p/apM3LKSDKG/”
“Had to fix my boy Rick back up in the pic no cut offs :)???? Respect !!!!! http://instagram.com/p/apODXASDMG/”
“JULY 4 ! http://instagram.com/p/apODXASDMG/” (Swizz Beatz’s Twitter)
Following its release, Jay is expected to take over New York City with a secret show.
Jay-Z is planning a surprise concert atop the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater next month that will turn rush-hour Times Square into a gigantic street party, sources told The Post yesterday. The rapper is close to obtaining the necessary approvals for a July 8 “Late Show With David Letterman” performance, the sources said. The city killed the same plan in the summer of 2010 over concerns about crowd control and security. “If he gets permission from the mayor’s office, it’s going to be off the hook,” a law-enforcement source said. “They’ll have to shut down Broadway around the Letterman building. They’ll have to have a strong police presence. It’s going to be chaos with so many fans.” (New York Post)
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