Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake team up again on Jay’s “Holy Grail.”
The bromance levels between Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are running HIGH this month, my friends. First, we saw a mysterious photo of the “Mirrors” singer, Jigga, Nas, and Timbaland in the studio together, and now we’re thinking that very picture was taken while Jay put the finishing touches on “Holy Grail,” a brand-new collab with Justin that dropped over the holiday, and the first track off Jay’s just-released Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Listen to Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake after the jump.
The Timbaland-produced track opens with a haunting and impassioned hook sung by Justin, who boldly coos about a lover who is all “take take take” and no “give give give.” He sings, “You’d take the clothes off my back/ And I’d let you/ You’d steal the food right out my mouth/ And I’d watch you eat it/ I still don’t know why, why I love you so much.”
Jay’s up next, and, in between a hefty sample of Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” spits about the pitfalls of fame: ”Now I got tattoos on my body, psycho bitches in my lobby/ I got haters in the paper, photo shoots with paparazzi/ Can’t even take my daughter for a walk/ See em by the corner store, I feel like I’m cornered off/ Enough is enough, I’m calling this off.” Damn, way more emo than “Suit & Tie,” but we’re into it. Also, how happy are we that we got to hear Jay kinda sorta sing a little Nirvana? That’s definitely a moment.
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