Jay Z released today (Aug. 29) the new video for "Holy Grail," his braggadocios anthem from his stellar album, Magna Carta, Holy Grail.
The clip was released in conjunction with Facebook, which I'm quite sure, is much to the chagrin of Hov's co-star Justin Timberlake who is an investor in MySpace.
The visual is very dark and chopped-and-screwed with JT's yearning chorus starting in the middle and, occasionally, verses are slowed down and distorted.
Jay can be seen watching the infamous 1990 boxing match in which Mike Tyson gets knocked out by Buster Douglas. We also see him puffing on a cigar and rocking his dukie cuban links chain.
Then we see Timberlake sitting at a table singing the chorus and watching women dancing with tablecloths covering them. I'm assuming that the female dancers are evoking emotions.
I also find it ironic that Hov will drop a video today on Michael Jackson's 55th birthday since in one of his lines, he raps, "Illest nigga alive / Michael Jackson's Thriller."
Overall, it's a visually captivating video, courtesy of director Anthony Mandler, and follows behind Jay Z's great art film for 'Picasso Baby.'
You may have to sign into Facebook in order to watch the video. Those are Mark Zuckerburg's rules not mines.
Otherwise, enjoy the clip!