Before fans even got to hear the 16-track LP, Hov was making headlines just based off of the album’s revolutionary release. In an unprecedented deal with Samsung, Jay made MCHG available for free to Samsung Galaxy users and earned himself a platinum plaque from the RIAA before the album even hit traditional retail outlets days later.
It was a bold move, which at the time was just important as the music that Jay released on the album. Yes, there was hype and a lot of it, but when the smoke cleared, the business-minded MC left fans with a look into his elevated lifestyle.
On “Holy Grail” he spoke of the mounting pressures of fame and on “Picasso Baby” he rapped of high-brow art (while still managing to keep it dirty). The Frank Ocean-assisted “Oceans” dealt with deep-rooted racism and classism and “Jay Z Blue” tackled the struggles of being a new father and husband. Then, of course, there were club bangers like “Tom Ford” and “F—withmeyouknowigotit.”
On the one-year anniversary of Hov’s latest, we wanted to hear from you. How do you feeling about Magna Carta… Holy Grail today?
July 4 marks 1 yr since Jay Z dropped 'MCHG.' How are you feeling about the album now? pic.twitter.com/apth7xR3JB
— MTV RapFix (@MTVRapFix) July 3, 2014
Here’s What You Said
@MTVRapFix still a good one
— KevinLouis (@Keviinlouiis) July 3, 2014
— WayneEmbrysKids (@WayneEmbrysKids) July 3, 2014
— LilTComedy (@TiDarianB) July 3, 2014
— Ice (@OfficiallyIce) July 3, 2014
The best thing about MCHG is the marketing genius behind it @MTVRapFix the album's good but didn't have a lastin impression it was cool tho
— IG:DJELPLAGA (@DJELPLAGA) July 3, 2014
@MTVRapFix bland garbage. not one song will be remembered as great. at least Yeezus was distinct, no matter what you think of that album.
— Trench (@TrenchWFB) July 3, 2014
— Zak Kolesar (@ZKoltrane) July 3, 2014
— Beverly Okafor (@bevsaywhaaa) July 3, 2014
@MTVRapFix on the run only track I still listen to on the reg
— The Noble Savage (@iamshellyshel) July 3, 2014
Completely forgot about it. RT @MTVRapFix: July 4 marks 1 yr since Jay Z dropped 'MCHG.' How are you feeling about the album now?
— Norris (from Durham) (@_0_o_) July 3, 2014
— Dirty Brooklyn Nigga (@JStac825) July 3, 2014