Call it great publicity or just a bad move, but Jay-Z has revealed the album art for his upcoming new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail and the same exact place where four of the last remaining versions of the Magna Carta are being house. You know, because he is Jay-Z and he can do whatever he wants whenever her wants.
The rapper revealed on his Life + Times page, a photo of his album art just sitting next to the Magna Carta which is currently housed at Britain’s Salisbury Cathedral. But just when you thought that it was just for some kind of publicity, came word that the album could be seen by fans m inside the cathedral until the end of July.
Viewings will take place in the Chapter House at Salisbury Cathedral from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday-Saturday and 12.45pm to 3.45pm on Sundays.
The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne released a statement saying:
“We are delighted that Jay-Z has chosen Salisbury Cathedral, home to the finest of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta, as the location for the global premiere of his artwork for ‘Magna Carta… Holy Grail’. We know how important Magna Carta, and all it represents, is to people across the globe. The ideals it embodies are still relevant today. Jay-Z, through his album, is creating a huge awareness of this historic document and its modern significance to a huge audience in the run up to its 800th anniversary in 2015. We hope to welcome many of his fans here this summer to see the artwork in the Chapter House alongside our Magna Carta.”
The Magna Carta Holy Grail will be released tomorrow for those who downloaded his Samsung app. The album will also feature a laundry list of guest stars such as Rick Ross, Frank Ocean, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake.
With a little over a week before the release of his new EP, Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z initiated a scavenger hunt like event for his fans with the reward being the entire track list for the upcoming album.
Last week during the NBA Finals, Jay-Z teamed up with Samsung to release a three-minute commercials. At first, the thought was that it had something to do with a documentary about the rapper, but at the end it was revealed that he would be releasing a brand new album just in time for the fourth of July.
Billboard was reporting that Jay-Z’s publicist, Jana Fleishman, started the scavenger hunt by tweeting a series of photos and clues yesterday. Fans who were able to guess the location would find her waiting with books which contained the song titles. But for those hoping for more than just the song titled, that’s where the scavenger hunt ended because the only thing revealed were the song titled and of course how many tracks. The full track list can be seen below.
Samusung users who download Jay-Z’s app will be able to get the album for free on July 4th while the rest of the public will get the album 72 hours later.
1. Picasso Baby
4. Tom Ford
5. Beach Is Better
09. Part II (On The Run)
11. La Familia
12. Jay-Z Blue
13. Nickles & Dimes
14. Holy Grail (Bonus Track)
15. Open Letter (Bonus Track)
Last night, everyone who was watching the Heat vs Spurs game was surprised by the three minute commercial that hit their screens featuring Jay-Z at half-time. At first, it would seem like it was setting up to be some kind of a documentary for the rapper, but then it turned to be commercial for the rapper’s upcoming EP that nobody knew existed.
The EP which will be called, Magna Carta Holy Grail is scheduled to be released on July 4th, but for those who own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, they have a chance to get the album almost 72 hours before the general public. On June 24, the rapper will be releasing an app and the first one million to download the app, will be able to get the album for free on its release date (12:01 a.m. on July 4th to be exact).
In the video that can be seen below the rapper says about his 12th album: “The album is about, like this duality of how do you navigate through this whole thing—through success, through failures, through all this—and remain yourself,”
He also includes his collaborators for the album which will feature Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Swizz Beatz.