In the “Heaven” teaser clip, which premiered late Thursday (June 27), Jay can be seen explaining to producer Rick Rubin that the song “is toying with the idea of [there] being heaven or hell on earth,” and the uncertainties that idea raises: “Have you ever been to heaven? Have you ever seen it?” he asks, rhetorically.
“For me, my idea is heaven is in your daughter’s laughter; hell could be if your child is missing for three minutes — you’re in three minutes of hell,” Jay continues, as Rubin nods in agreement. “It’s just not my belief that a just God would make you burn or eternity for [the] free will that He gave you.”
Earlier in the week, Jay revealed the lyrics for “Heaven,” which see him shooting down those Illuminati rumors, and crib a few lines from R.E.M.’s classic “Losing My Religion.”
As you can probably infer from its title, the second Magna Carta clip, “Jay-Z Blue” is also inspired by his daughter, Blue Ivy, though in a completely different manner. On the track, HOV ponders his past, lamenting that his absent dad didn’t prepare him for fatherhood or manhood, and, ultimately wondering if he’s able to handle the responsibilities of raising his daughter while also maintaining his marriage to Beyoncé. (He also posted lyrics to the track for Samsung users who’ve downloaded the app.)
“[She's] something that we both created; we still marvel at her,” Jay beams to Rubin while discussing baby Blue. But then, his mood shifts as he discusses the somber song: “It deals with my pop left when I was young, so he didn’t teach me how to be a man, nor how to raise a child, or treat a woman. So, of course, my karma, the two things I need, I don’t have. And I have a daughter.
“It’s the paranoia of not being a great dad,” he concludes.
“Heaven” and “Jay-Z Blue” are just the latest previews HOV has unveiled in the lead up to next week’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. He’s also given fans sneak peeks at tracks like “Oceans,” which features Frank Ocean, “Holy Grail,” (featuring Justin Timberlake), and “Part II (On The Run),” a sequel of sorts to “03 Bonnie & Clyde” that once again features Bey.