Is Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail the 2013 album you’re anticipating most? Let us know by voting below. Return each day this week for a new feature on one of our most anticipated albums. Next week, we’ll open up voting for forthcoming female albums we’re excited to hear.
Vote now for your most anticipated male album of 2013. After the poll, read on to find out why we’re excited for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.
We’ve got 99 reasons to be excited for a new Jay-Z album, but here are our top five:
1) It’s been four years since Hova’s last album, The Blueprint 3. FOUR YEARS! We’ve given Jay all the time he needs to cook up and deliver another classic. (Not that The Blueprint 3 was a classic. It was aiight. But he does have classics!)
2) #NewRules! From the moment Jay-Z announced Magna Carta Holy Grail in what was, essentially, a three-minute advertisement for Samsung, it was clear that this album was going to test the limitations of traditional album releases. The album is already technically platinum (!!!), as Samsung purchased one million copies to give away to users who download their app. What other exciting things are in store, marketing-wise? Only time will tell, but we’re guessing it will be an exciting couple of weeks.
3) YOU GUYS THERE COULD POTENTIALLY BE A BEYONCÉ COLLABORATION! OH PLEASE, LET THERE BE A BEYONCÉ COLLABORATION!
4) While we may not yet know if Queen Bey will make an appearance on the album, from what we do know about the guest list, it’s still going to slay. Executive produced by Rick Rubin — who also just produced Yeezus — and featuring contributions form the likes of Pharrell, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz, there are many, many reasons to get hyped.
5) Perhaps the best part for Jay-Z fans — besides the fact that you could potentially score the album for free — is that you don’t have to wait long! Magna Carta Holy Grail is out July 4.
Don’t forget to vote for your most anticipated male album above. Return each day this week for a feature on each of the participating albums!
Previously featured on our list of Anticipated Albums of 2013:
[Top image via Complex Music]