Jay Z? Magna Carta. Magna Carta? Jay Z.
Last Sunday while we were probably paralyzed in an “Orange Is the New Black” Netflix binge-watching stupor, a freshly de-hyphened Jay Z — whose 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, is officially Billboard-ranked as the second-best debut of the year after Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience — popped over to the U.K.’s Salisbury Cathedral to pay a visit to THE ACTUAL MAGNA CARTA. (Perfectly executed angelic “Ahhhh!”) Wow, combine this firsthand research of European constitutional law using only primary sources with the VMA nominee’s recent performance art stint, dabbling in mythology and oral storytelling via his Legends of the Summer tour with JT, and deconstruction of gender roles within the nuclear family, and Hov’s basically, like, an underwater basket-weaving seminar away from a bachelor’s degree at Sarah Lawrence!
But wait, according to our in-depth Magna Carta research (aka, the second sentence of its Wikipedia page #NeverSaidIWasARoleModel), the historic document was drafted — in THE YEAR 1215, more “ahhhhhh” — by some of the king’s subjects to limit the monarch’s power. Perhaps Jay was trying to keep two steps ahead of the younger rappers in the game who may be gunning for the throne?? Well, it looks like he’s armed and ready now, so, uh, watch out Earl Sweatshirt!
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