Hip-Hop Mogul Jay-Z has revealed the artwork for his new album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail‘ – surprisingly next to the actual Magna Carta in the Salisbury Cathedral!
The Dean of Salisbury, the Rev. June Osborne, said he was delighted to have Jay-Z choosing the cathedral to announce the rapper’s latest album.
“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 cathedral is one of the resting places of the last four copies of the Magna Carta, the citizens’ charter issued all the way back in 1215. Fans of cathedral and now of the rapper, can come visit the framed artwork of the album, between 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday-Saturday and 12.45pm to 3.45pm on Sundays.
It was also revealed that that Jay-Z used lyrics from both REM‘s ‘Losing My Religion‘ and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘ by Nirvana, in the album, which will be release on July 4th.
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)