One trend that I’m starting to see in music is that artists are really feeding into that instant gratification notion that dominates our world as it is right now. Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, and now Jay-Z have all taken a similar approach to announcing new music this year. It’s like, we hear that they have a new album in the works, and then– BOOM– we get a single or some kind of preview immediately, then a video, then the album. All in a matter of weeks. And it’s awesome. Because it’s 2013. And ain’t nobody got time for delayed gratification… lmao. Okay, that’s kinda sad, but it’s true! Which is why I’m glad we already have a tracklist for Jay-Z‘s highly-anticipated next album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Click inside for more!
Okay, so we don’t have any production credits or features, but here’s the very strange/very cool video that was released displaying the tracklist:
And here’s the tracklist that folks were able to put together, based on the video (and maybe some other sources???):
01. Picasso Baby
04. Tom Ford
05. 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)
Now we’ve heard Open Letter (the song that the friggen White House actually had to hold a press conference about), and Picasso Baby is the song he was working on in that video with Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland where he first announced the album. We also know that one of these songs contains some lyrics from Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit, which Jay had to get approved by Courtney Love. So we know, like, a lot. And then again, very little! I need to hear one of these non-bonus tracks, in full, preferably with a video following immediately thereafter. KthanksJay.
No, really. I need to know what this album sounds like. Because, based on that promo, I feel like it sounds awesome. Just need those suspicions confirmed.