Jay-Z has placed artwork for his upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail next to the 1215 Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral, ahead of the record's release on Saturday, it's been revealed.
The artwork, which depicts two statues and the rapper's name struck out in black, now sits next to one of the four copies of the historic document and was announced on the rapper's own website, Life + Times.
The artwork will be on show in the Cathedral throughout July and Dean of Salisbury the Very Revd June Osborne told the Salisbury Journal that she was "delighted" Jay-Z had chosen the Cathedral to display his artwork, the Telegraph reports.
She added: "Jay Z is creating a huge awareness of this historic document and its modern significance to a huge audience ... We hope to welcome many of his fans here this summer to see the artwork."
Jay-Z Displays Magna Carta Holy Grail Album Cover Artwork In Salisbury Cathedral
Jay-Z's album artwork (Photo: PR)
Ahead of the LP's release, Jay has wet fans' appetities with talk about influences and personal experiences.
Posting a teaser advert, the star talked about a track called ‘Jay-Z Blue’ saying that was the most obvious song inspired by daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
Beyoncé gave birth to the couple’s first baby on January 7 2012, with Blue having two of the most powerful people in music as her mummy and daddy.
Talking to Rick Rubin in the album clip Jay-Z admits “[She’s] something that we both created; we still marvel at her.”
In another clip he talks more about Blue Ivy’s influence on the song Heaven, which he says can be located in his daughter’s laughter. On the other side he explains hell is that feeling of his child going missing for just three minutes.
The 43-year-old goes on to reveal how his own childhood was difficult which has left him with lasting doubt over his father credentials: “My pop left when I was young, so he didn’t teach me how to be a man, nor how to raise child, or treat women. So, of course, my karma, the two things I need, I don’t have. And I have a daughter. It’s the paranoia of not being a great dad.”
But there’s definitely no paranoia about this being a great album, with songs featuring Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and of course Queen Bey, Beyoncé herself.
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