July 4, 2013 9:04
Jay-Z unveils new track 'Holy Grail' featuring lyrics from Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'
The rapper's 12th studio album is released today in the US via a Samsung app
The track – which was co-written by The Dream and produced by Timbaland – is from the rapper's 12th album, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail', which was released today in the US via a special app for Samsung Galaxy users. Elsewhere on the album, the track 'Heaven' will feature lyrics from REM's 1991 hit 'Losing My Religion'. The album also features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Frank Ocean, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake.
Yesterday, Jay-Z revealed the album's artwork next to an actual version of the Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral. The cathedral is home to one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta, the citizens' charter issued in 1215. Click here to see images of the album artwork in the cathedral on Jay-Z's Life + Times website. Fans will be able to view the album inside the cathedral until the end of July.
In a statement published online, the Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, said, "We are delighted that Jay-Z has chosen Salisbury Cathedral, home to the finest of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta, as the location for the global premiere of his artwork for 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'. We know how important Magna Carta, and all it represents, is to people across the globe. The ideals it embodies are still relevant today. Jay-Z, through his album, is creating a huge awareness of this historic document and its modern significance to a huge audience in the run up to its 800th anniversary in 2015. We hope to welcome many of his fans here this summer to see the artwork in the Chapter House alongside our Magna Carta."
The 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' tracklisting is:
'Beach Is Better'
'F**kWithMeYouKnowIGotIt' (Feat. Rick Ross)
'Oceans' (Feat. Frank Ocean)
'Part II (On The Run)' (Feat. Beyoncé)
'Nickles & Dimes'
'Holy Grail' (feat. Justin Timberlake)
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