A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Holy Grail" is a hip-hop song about dealing with the demons of celebrity, a subject both Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are very familiar with. The two pop icons deliver slices of heartfelt introspection, but it's in the context of a bombastic and explicit (including the "N" word," "f--k," "s--t") arena-rap anthem designed to rattle speakers and make everyone involved look very cool. There is a clean version of the song that is slightly more appropriate for younger audiences.
What's the story?
Following the roaring success of their collaboration on "Suit & Tie" for Justin Timberlake's album, The 20/20 Experience, JT has once again teamed up with Jay-Z for HOLY GRAIL, the opening track from the rapper's studio effort, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The two superstars are also embarking on a massive tour together, further uniting the worlds of mainstream pop and hip-hop.
Is it any good?
Fans of Timberlake and Jay-Z are sure to be pleased by this track, which builds upon the sound of Hova's collaboration with Kanye West, Watch The Throne. While the rap style is nothing we haven't heard before, the production by the consistantly brilliant Timbaland is crisp, eerie, haunting, and thrilling. JT has really progressed as a singer, embracing his soulful side, while maintaining a hip-hop feel.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the partnership between these two artists. After several years of diminished commercial output, JT and Jay-Z have recently roared back into the spotlight with high-profile collaborations and a massive tour. Why would such titanic figures team up?
There is a clear contrast between the sappy love-story lyrics of Timberlake's choruses and the aggressive boasting in Jay-Z's verses. Do you find the mixture appropriate? Does it work?
How does extreme success and worldwide fame change the way people make and distribute their art?