Vaughan’s Picks | Jay Z ‘Crown’ [M.C.H.G]

“The breadth of his subject matter – which also touches on family, loyalty, spirituality and fame – is matched by his lyrical acuity. His perspective is that of someone who has achieved much but hasn’t lost sight of what brought him to this point.” (USA Today)

  SO, Jay Z‘s album is not available for digital download until the 8th of July in the U.K but I just couldn’t wait any longer seeing that some 1 million Samsung users already got hold of it through the Magna Carta app. Unlucky for the rest of us iPhone users! However, it leaked (yay) and as usual, when a new album comes out I try to listen to it as much as I can to give my honest opinion on it.

  The first impression, production-wise, I got from Magna Carta… Holy Grail was that it’s very creative and features heavy and comprehensively produced beats, where most of them have a touch of Timbaland‘s sound as he produced the majority of the album.

  One song that significantly stood out for me was ‘Crown‘ which is not produced by Timbaland or Pharrell or any other usual cast but Mike Dean, Travis Scott and 16 year old producer, Wondagurl. The snare hits so hard along with the 808 bass synth while Jay Z solidifies himself as one of the best MCs to ever rap  ‘You in the presence of a king/ Scratch that, you in the presence of a God.’ Check out the song below:

  What do you think of the album for those that have listened to it? Think Jay Z is definitely the ‘god’ of rap?

I give it an 8/10