The Magna Carta
THE MAGNA CARTA
Half the name of Jay-Z’s album Magna Carta Holy Grail. “Carta” is a play on “Carter,” Jay’s surname.
Historically, it’s called the Angevin charter, or the Magna Carta, one of the first documents forced onto a King of England by a group of his subjects in an attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their privileges. It’s an essential document of history and the development of democracy.
Jay debuted the art for the album next to a page from the real Magna Carta in Salisbury, UK. “We are delighted that Jay Z has chosen Salisbury Cathedral, home to the finest of the four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta, as the location for the global premiere of his artwork for Magna Carta Holy Grail,“ The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, said.
“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.”
Jay also wants to draw attention to some of the deeper meanings of his lyrics through the Magna Carta Holy Grail album art, by drawing an inference to this quote: “I cross out words so you will see them more: the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.” — JM Basquiat. Start researching, kids!
Pretty sweet for fans of history and hip-hop.!
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