1. Jay is more detailed on this album about the pitfalls of success and the trappings of trinkets that define his kingly status. Love how it's mature and gaudy and thoughtful and crass at the same time, with his natural cool. Feels like Jay is shedding the indifference to opening up and embracing this new phase.
2. Thematically, it's much of the same Hov: I'm richer and smarter than these other rappers and look where I came from. But there are flashes of depth re: his daddy issues, Bey marrying a thug and how he shouldn't be complaining about fame.
3. Jay-Z really has nothing to do but get wealthier and rap about it, but it's not just the lyrics that scream royalty. This is some rich production; every song, almost feels like Rick Ross executive produced.
4. There's a lot that can be said about "BBC." This would have crushed the world... if it was 2002. But in 2013, with an all-star cast like this -- Timbo, Timberlake, Nas, Skateboard P, Swizzy -- we need the Internet to really crash when a song of this magnitude drops. Also, not the greatest Nasir verse.
5. But I'm here for the '90s references all over "BBC" and Kanye subliminals ("Just let me be great" ("F.U.T.W."))