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    Jay Z - Magna Carta... Holy Grail

    Release date: July 4, 2013

    Jay Z releasing Magna Carta... Holy Grail was the biggest flex move Jay Z could make this year. Seemingly out of nowhere, among a flurry of other busy rappers dropping new music, Jay announced a record that would be released via an exclusive MCHG Samsung app. I probably don't have to explain what happened, but that latter part didn't go so smoothly. Despite that, Jay Z released a solid Jay Z album. It didn't have any surprises—it was safe and in line with what you'd expect from Jay at this point in his career—but it did prove that Jay could still make a good album and make a lot of money doing it. When it comes down to it, that might be what Jay has become best at.—Joyce