Hear Jay-Z And Justin Timberlake Shine As "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" Turns 10

Hova and JT's smash hit still resonates to this day.

BYLavender Alexandria
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Jay-Z's twelfth studio album Magna Carta.. Holy Grail turns 10 years old today. The project was released to fans via an app before its official commercial release a few days later. It went on to be a massive success topping the Billboard 200 albums chart and getting certified three times platinum. The albums second and third singles "Tom Ford" and "Part II (On The Run)" both found their way to success. Deep cuts like "f*ckwithmeyouknowigotit" and "Oceans" have become major fan favorites in the decade since their early release.

But when people think about Magna Carta... Holy Grail they almost always return to its lead single and opening track. The song sees Jay-Z teaming up with Justin Timberlake for a fantastical, multi-phased five-and-a-half minutes of icy hip-hop. The song was an instant smash, debuting at number 8 on the hot 100 and ultimately climbing all the way up to number 4. In the decade since it has racked up nearly 300 million streams on Spotify and been certified 4x platinum. The music video released to accompany the song also has over 5 million views on Youtube.

Jay-Z And Justin's Classic

In the decade since "Holy Grail" Jay-Z's star hasn't faded a bit. Just this morning he was in attendance at Michael Rubin's 4th of July party alongside rappers like Travis Scott, Jack Harlow, and Lil Baby. The party had an all-white dress code that had many celebs stepping up their outfit game.

Jay-Z hasn't released a new album since 2017 when he dropped 4:44 the follow up to Magna Carta... Holy Grail. The album contained Jay-Z's public responses to accusations made by Beyonce on Lemonade as well as a number of other self-reflections. What do you think of "Holy Grail" 10 years after it was originally dropped? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Quotable Lyrics:

Godd*mn it, I like it
Bright lights is enticin'
But look what it did to Tyson
All that money in one night
Thirty mil' for one fight
But soon as all that money blows
All the pigeons take flight

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.