Jay-Z reveals inspiration behind new album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

Rapper says he was influenced by being abandoned by his father

Jay-Z has revealed how his forthcoming album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ is influenced by his father leaving him as a child.

The rapper, real name Shaun Knowles-Carter, said the track ‘Jay-Z Blue’ was inspired by his own childhood experience, plus the arrival of daughter Blue Ivy in 2012. He explained: “It deals with my pop leaving when I was young. He didn’t teach me how to be a man nor how to raise a child, or treat a woman. And I have a daughter. It’s the paranoia of not being a great dad.”

In a video posted today (June 28), he goes on to speak about another track from the album, ‘Heaven’, saying it addresses the idea of both heaven and hell being on Earth. The album also features collaborations with wife Beyonce, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake, and contains lyrics borrowed from Nirvana and REM.

One million copies of the album will be given away for free to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users 72 hours ahead of the record’s official release on July 4. Because of the deal with Samsung, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ was thought to be going triple platinum ahead of its proper release.

However, a spokesperson for the Official UK Charts company told NME that music which is given away for free does not qualify towards the Official Charts. “Legitimate purchases of Jay-Z’s album will count, however, as usual,” the spokesperson added.