Jay-Z Reveals 'BBC' and 'Versus' Lyrics, Previews 'Oceans' Ft. Frank Ocean
With just a few days to go before the July 4 release date of his new studio album "Magna Carta... Holy Grail", Roc Nation mogul Jay-Z is showing no signs of slowing down in drumming up interest for his new "rule-defining" album. And what better way to grab even more interest for his already much-talked about project than revealing that it includes an all-star track that features wife Beyonce Knowles.
That new song is "BBC", a veritable who's who of some high end and a few global brands that define the lifestyle of Hov and his celebrity crew. Apart from Beyonce, it features Jay-Z's pal Justin Timberlake, his team of record producers, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland and rapper Nas, with whom he once had a much-publicized feud which they already ended many years ago.
Another lyric sheet he has unveiled for the public to see is that of "Versus", which looks like a short one-verse tune with no chorus. It does pack a punch though, with words like "Your last sh*t ain't better / than my first / your best / ain't better than my worst @#$%," slamming other so-called moguls and rap superstars that seem second-rate compared to the Hov.
Keeping in step with his recent Samsung commercial and "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" promo clip, Jay-Z drops a one-minute-plus video for his collaboration track with Frank Ocean entitled "Oceans". It unfolds in the same familiar huddle scene with producers Rick Rubin, Pharrell and Timbaland, where Jay-Z talks about the inspiration for the track, about the "duality" and irony of how the "oceans" that brought the African-Americans to America is the same place where they now celebrate the good life.
Jay-Z's "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" Samsung App promo clip featuring "Oceans":
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