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Jay-Z Dropping New Album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ on July 4

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Jigga Man is coming back, and it sounds like he’s going to be better than ever!

Keeping with the religious theme that seems oh-so popular these days (hello, ‘Yeezus’!), Jay-Z announced (with a commercial) during last night’s NBA Finals game that he would be releasing his 12th studio album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail,’ on July 4.

HOV has assembled quite the rag tag group of collaborators for this album, and by rag tag we mean totally awesome. The preview video shows production genius Rick Rubin, along with Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell all slaving away on Jay’s tunes in the studio. To quote Rebecca Black here, “We, we so excited!”

Jay-Z muses quite a bit in the Samsung spot saying things like, “We don’t have any rules, everybody is trying to figure it out. That’s why the Internet is like the Wild West. The Wild Wild West. We need to write the new rules.” He and his friend Kanye have surely written the rules on springing albums on the general public without much notice these past few years.

The few snippets of production showcased in the clip is truly intriguing — we love the heavy bass tracks that sound like they were made to blast from a car with the windows down during summer.

And if you think YOU’RE excited for this release, you’re in good company — ‘Magna Carter Holy Grail’ has already sold 1 million copies, though it’s not totally what you think. Samsung went ahead and purchased 1 million copies of the LP presumably to give to Galaxy users. According to the Wall Street Journal (via Spin), the technology multinational corporation bought each copy for $5, though it’s still not clear whether Nielsen Soundscan will count these copies in the total sales.

The website for the album so far seems to be blacked out quite a bit, so we’re guessing Jay-Z will gradually release more and more info like tracklisting, album artwork, collaborators etc… as the July 4 release date inches closer.

Alright, hurry up July 4 and get here already!

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