Rick Rubin Details "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Specifics

Rick Rubin says "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is "traditional Hip Hop," comments on the album being "different" than "Yeezus."

As the days leading up to Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail begin to wither way, the Brooklyn rapper has remained relatively tight-lipped about the project although he has continued to treat fans to an occasional lyric sheet from the project. Thankfully, producer Rick Rubin, who is noticeably present in Samsung’s ads for Magna Carta Holy Grail, has offered up his thoughts on the project.

During an exclusive interview with XXLMag.com, Rubin referred to Magna Carta Holy Grail as a “traditional Hip Hop record” and commented on the album being far different than Kanye West’s newly-released sixth studio album, Yeezus.

“I liked what I heard, but it was a little difficult—after just coming from the Kanye sessions—to listen to Jay’s album, because they’re so different. I was in a very alternative and progressive headspace, and Jay’s record is a more traditional hip-hop record,” Rubin revealed.

Rubin also clarified the reason behind his presence in Samsung’s Magna Carta Holy Grail commercials. According to the Def Jam co-founder, who did not lend his production talents to Jay-Z’s 12th studio album, he was present for the filming of a documentary.

“The point of me being in the commercials was that he was filming a documentary and he asked me—I imagine he’s just comfortable talking to me—to come listen to the songs with him and just talk about the songs. Just listen to it and talk about it, and that’s what we did. It was fun.”

Magna Carta Holy Grail will be released exclusively to Samsung users on July 4 and will be made available for purchase on July 7.

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  • Dentaldamboy

    As an accountant for YMCMB, i can confirm that jay z is such a fucking sell out. blueprint 3 was the nail in the coffin, this nigga would drop a collabo album with beiber if it kept him hot. i never seen a nigga hold on like this. writing articles for bullshit rolling stone, a publication that has tried to destroy hip hop on several occasions. not only is jay begging for acceptance, his music is shit now. mr. knowles. mr carter. bitch ass nigga. self praise is no praise at all. a king doesnt crown himself, a king is crowned by the people. bitch ass nigga jay z, sucking up to the media since 98. YMCMB!

    • dentaldamboy

      BTW, these fakes are wrong. We are straight and fuck numerous women. None of our niggas kissed each other except for wayne and birdman which is a father and son moment.

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  • u

    Rick Rubin IS the most interesting man alive....

  • hypestyle

    Props to DJ Double R. But he needs to reach out to some "Classic Rap" personalities to produce some comeback albums for them, same as he's done for various rock and country artists. Short List: Whodini, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Ice-T, etc.



  • dentaldamboy

    i wish we had someone like rick ruban consulting for YMCMB. all we have are crack heads who love weezy

  • Anonymous

    Rick Rubin looks more and more ridiculous every fucking time i see him.

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  • sdxx

    special forces are out their after ppl that 'try" to clone ppl than make fun of them.everyone knows

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  • dentaldamboy

    YMCMB makes far more money and can rap far better than any of you. Unless you feel like you can rap better, STFU.

  • Anonymous

    Manga Carta gon be the best cd this year That or Nothing Was The Same but yall should check out B.Hudson, hes been releasing new eps every month this year and they all go hard. I just recently found out who he was dudes dope, check him out, He just released his newest ep today 'July' maybe his best one yet. i found his music over on www. hiphopgood. com

  • Lil Sunechi

    Drizzy gon smash EVERY THING!

  • RC

    Well just about anything is better than yeezus, we'll just have to wait and see.

  • dentaldamboy

    Weezy>Yeezy and JZ.

  • Anonymous

    rick rubin girl is hot as fuck. like if you see her in person you will get wood and wanna crank one out to regain focus hot. rick is a g. truly living the dream. id rather be rick rubin than jay-z. lay around all day, get paid, listen to music, give an opinion, and snag the hottest pussy on earth. all that and still able to keep a low profile. some of these young guns are just getting exposed to "the old guy" in the jay-z commercial but he has already made his mark.

  • Anonymous

    "how can he possibly flop if he already got paid millions and a million people are gonna get the album right out the gate?" They didn't pay for it though. Of course they'll say it's great. He won't flop, but this album looks like it might have been thrown together which makes sense considering Jay's branching off into so many other things.

    • Anonymous

      ^ he got 5million.... for a milion from Samung. If that aint going platinum... I don't know what is....

  • Anonymous

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  • 614grind

    Jay will outsell kanye with no problem. He always has and he always will.

  • Kanye West

    I told Jay I got a song with Coldplay... ...next thing I know he got a song with Coldplay I told Jay I'm working with Rick Rubin... ...next thing I know he working with Rick Rubin I told Jay I got no singles on my album... ...next thing I know he got no singles on his album

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    • Jay-Z

      I told Ye I was gonna be Jay-Hova ...next thing I know he wanna be Jeezus I told Ye I'ma have a baby girl ...next thing I know he wanna have a baby girl I told Ye to "watch out for the signs" ............well, that dumbass nigga didn't listen

    • Anonymous

      rick rubin produced for jay on 99 problems before anyone knew who kanye west was!

    • @corydavidcory

      1) Coldplay is not exclusive to Kanye (Chris has contributed to more of Jay's songs than he has to Ye's; see Most Kingz, Beach Chair, Heart of the City [Live], etc.) 2) Rick Rubin is not exclusive to Kanye (Jay worked with Rick long before Ye did; see 99 Problems) 3) Neither Jay no Kanye need lead singles at this point in their respective careers. They will sell albums regardless. Also, has everyone forgot that the two of them collectively known as The Throne are like best friends. Who cares if they bounce ideas off each other and use similar tactics when it comes to sales because in the end they're both making millions and could probably care less about what you or I have to say.

  • Anonymous

    Two Shots > Brookyln's Finest

  • Jay

    No single yet? Not even a song and we are 6 days out???? Sounds like a flop to me. If you got hits you wouldn't be afraid to let one go. I HATE to say it, but look at Drake. His album isn't coming out for a while but he has no problem releasing songs because he knows he has the songs.

    • Huey Freeman

      Damn, nigga, you dumb as hell.

    • Anonymous

      Singles are what ruin albums. I wanna listen to a new album from start to finish without knowing what I'm gonna get out of it. Singles ruin that...and you said look at Drake? What about Drake? He's releasing singles well before the album comes out and guess what?? Once the album comes out, everybody is gonna be sick of those singles he already released cause they've heard them a million times already...yup good point I just made.

    • Anonymous

      kanye and jay-z are established. they dont need to release singles or video before the album drop, it will still sell more than most of the rappers out today

  • Anonymous

    Yeezus > Magna Carta Holy Grail

  • Anonymous

    Traditional hiphop? Boombap? Justin Timberlake is not traditional on traditional hiphop albums. This is gonna be some pop rap shit and nothing more with the same producers as ever, swizz boring beats and timberland. Where's Rihanna, Coldplay or U2?

  • dentaldamboy

    Gay Z will flop with this album. Except for rick ross, every guest also sucks and just add in to Jay Z's embarrasingly bad rapping. Jay Z is wack ass pop music yet everyone still is dick riding on him.

    • dentaldamboy

      Mmmmmm...Rick Ross' dick taste like old bacon and his ass taste like pork shoulder...just how I like it!!! #Yum

    • dentaldamboy

      Rick Ross is a worthy guest and Jay Z is wack. Unless you think you can rap better than them, you have no relevance.

    • Wow

      It's honestly unbelievable how stupid you all are.

    • dentaldamboy

      Only Rick Ross is a worthy guest and he will murder Jay Z. Those adjectives describe the other guests.

    • KingO

      are you really talking about rick ross? you gotta be. those adjectives describe rick ross down to the last detail. come on man...get serious.

    • dentaldamboy

      That's Jay Z being desperate since Beyonc has most of his money. And the million people does not count.

    • Anonymous

      how can he possibly flop if he already got paid millions and a million people are gonna get the album right out the gate?

    • Anonymous

      French Montana flopped, that word ain't even in Jay-Z's vocabulary

  • Anonymous

    next thing i know, jay got a song with coldplay...

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