‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Behind The Scenes: Five Producers Who Helped Craft The Album

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Without much of a visible effort, Jay-Z inundated the whole damn Internet this week with the release Magna Carta Holy Grail, his twelfth solo studio album. For proof, go take a look at your favorite music site—floating near the top of the page you’ll find at least two Hov-related stories, and maybe a lyric breakdown or two. Since it’s pretty fair to say that more words have been written about MCHG than the original Magna Carta document and the Holy Grail combined, we figured you probably don’t want to hear any more of our opinions. So, we pulled together some of the producers who worked on Jay’s new album to tell you their side of the story and detail the process from making the beat that would end up on the year’s biggest LP to recording with Beyonce and eventually signing the contracts that would change their lives. From J-Roc dishing on the real origins of “Part II (On The Run)” and the Biggie sample on “Jay Z Blue” to Boi-1da discussing the long journey that took “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” from Vinylz to DJ Khaled to Rick Ross before it found a home with Hova to Adrian Younge talking about the possibility of RZA and Kanye West meeting up in a bar in Rome in 1963, we’ve got the behind-the-scenes details to fill in the blanks. You know we got it.