Sean Carter brings his new LP to Barclays
I’ll be the first to admit that at the time of the Samsung-only release of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail this summer, the record felt like — and I’m choosing my words judiciously here — a complete stinker. But though the fortysomething rapper’s flows have slowed to a standstill, calling more and more attention to their own supposed cleverness, the record itself has aged surprisingly well. Timbaland’s bracing percussive assault on “Tom Ford” makes for one of the best beats of the year and “Holy Grail” was a surprise radio hit, complete with Justin Timberlake at his most melodramatic and Jay himself sounding as agile as he has in years. Tonight and tomorrow, he comes home for two Barclays Center gigs.
Sun., Jan. 12, 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 19, 8 p.m., 2014