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Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'; Dancing In The Streets; Amy Grant Sings the Gospel of 'Mercy'

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

'Magna Carta Holy Grail' is Jay-Z's twelfth studio album. 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' is Jay-Z's twelfth studio album. (Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: Rapper and hip hop mogul Jay-Z just released his 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Jeff Rosenthal, hip hop writer and one half of the hip hop sketch comedy group It’s The Real, tells us his thoughts about the record.

Plus: The Martha and the Vandellas song “Dancing in the Street” was originally supposed to be a summer dance hit. But then the 1960’s happened — and the song took on a whole new meaning. We discuss the song with author Mark Kurlansky, whose new book is called Ready for a Brand New Beat: How “Dancing in the Street” Became the Anthem for a Changing America.

And: Contemporary Christian musician Amy Grant recently released a new album called How Mercy Looks From Here. We talk with the Grammy winning artist about incorporating her faith into her music, going to Bonnaroo, and her gay fans — and we hear some of her new songs live in our studio. 

    Guests:

    Amy Grant, Mark Kurlansky and Jeffrey Rosenthal

    Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail

    Hip hop writer Jeff Rosenthal shares his thoughts on Jay-Z's new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.

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    Amy Grant: Singing The Gospel of Mercy

    Hear singer-songwriter Amy Grant perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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    L rutledge from bklyn

    JayZ...? I just don't get it. I can't imagine spending the time listening to the whole album, let alone buying it. There are so many more wonderful singers & composers. Many more...

    Jul. 10 2013 09:23 PM
    thatgirl from manhattan

    What's next--Jay-Z and Beyonce name their next child "Samsung Pepsi?" Neither are interesting any longer.

    Jul. 10 2013 09:17 PM

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