Jay Z's 'Holy Grail' Video Featuring Justin Timberlake Is the Best Music Video You'll See This Year
Bow down, everyone. Jay Z's new music video for "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake is finally here, and good news: It really doesn't disappoint. Then again, there really aren't a lot of ways that a Jay Z/Justin Timberlake collaboration can disappoint, so it's not all that surprising that this video is a must-see. The video itself is amazing, but before we get into that, let's consider how revolutionary this release is first: According to Complex, Jay Z is the first major artist to release a music video exclusively on Facebook for 24 hours, before it trickles elsewhere. Pretty big deal!
Now, video: In a word, it's absolutely stunning. When it starts off, it features Jay Z watching a clip of Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson, before Justin Timberlake steps in and starts tearing it up in his verse. There's also a lot of old sculptures, too — aging TV sets, mirrors, fire, and a whole lot of champagne.
Keeping in line with the literature theme and subtle religious influences, the video has a bit of of religious imagery as well: A subtle halo effect around JT's head toward the beginning of the video, a chalice knocked to its side with red liquid spilling out of it (meant to signify a holy grail, or the holy chalice, perhaps), and a ton of Last Supper imagery.
In other words, it's intricate and beautiful — one of the best videos in years.
You can check it out below.