Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta” Mobile App Collects an Insane Amount of Data From its Users




When it was announced that Jay-Z’s new album would be released in partnership with Samsung, some fans grumbled about him “selling out”. Well, things are a lot worse than just him “selling out to the corporate world”. The app that was created to enable Samsung users to listen to Jay-Z’s album a few days in advance is a true data-mining operation that collects an insane amount of data from its users. Here’s a screenshot of the permissions needed taken posted by rapper Killer Mike on Twitter.

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The app needs to be able to modify or delete the contents of your USB storage, it can identify all of the running apps on your phone and it needs to know your *precise* GPS location. It also gathers “accounts ” the e-mail addresses and social-media user names connected to the phone. While these permissions are often requested by social media apps and so forth, this is an ALBUM LISTENING APP. Why does it need all of this information.

But things get worse. Here’s a review from the NY Times.

“When installed, it demanded a working log in to Facebook or Twitter and permission to post on the account. “We would like fans to share the content through social networking sites,” a Jay-Z spokeswoman said by e-mail. (E-mail to Samsung Mobile’s customer service address for the app was returned as undeliverable throughout Wednesday.) But the app was more coercive.

In the days before the album’s release through Samsung, the app promised to display lyrics — with a catch. “Unlocking” the lyrics required a post on Facebook or Twitter. I used Twitter, where hitting the “Tweet” button brought up a canned message: “I just unlocked a new lyric ‘Crown’ in the JAY Z Magna Carta app. See them first. http://smsng.us/MCHG2 #MagnaCarta.” The message could be altered, but something had to be sent. No post, no lyrics — for every song. Users were forced to post again and again. And frankly, a lyric that is going to show up almost immediately on the Internet isn’t much of a bribe for spamming your friends.”

– Jon Pareles, Jay-Z Is Watching, and He Knows Your Friends

While some see Jay-Z as a savvy and powerful business man, he is once again being used by the elite to push its agenda further. Whether it be pushing their occult symbolism or their Big-Brother Agenda, Jay-Z is apparently down with it.

Rap used to be about exposing oppression and staying true to yourself and your community. However, like many other “movements”, rap is being co-opted by the elite to further the very things the movement used to denounce. Fortunately, there are still rappers who have a powerful message to communicate. For example here’s Killer Mike’s (mentioned above) video “Reagan”.


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202 Comments on "Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta” Mobile App Collects an Insane Amount of Data From its Users"

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Why so obsessed with music people ? Not like you'll die if you leave it.
Islam does not allow it and now the reasons are getting obvious.

Did you know? On every android device there is a folder with encrpyted back up data about the devices activities. Open the hidden files on the settings of your file manager and search gps, the folder has massive amounts of data that the user doesnt know of. Mine was 2.5 gigabyte of calls, sms messages, emails, all my downloads, music, videos, pictures, pdfs, and more. All of the activites since I used the phone were recorded, everything, and so are yours. Wonder why the network is always uploading, your data is being recorded by google for the american government everytime your network indicator uploads, it does not harm your cellphone account because they are in charge. Delete the gps folder as often as u can, make sure all ur networks are off when u dont use them, then ure safe from being framed by ur government one day

Jay Z used to be cool, now he is just another chump.

Wow, Killer Mike is great. Thanks for introducing me to yet another great artist, VC! Even the beat is actually really good.

The only true permission that raises a flag is the "System Tools" permission because when it retrieves a list of running apps, it actually takes a snapshot of what is currently open in programs at a certain point in time. Address books, messaging, Facebook, email, these are the things that are susceptible to such an ability, and a simple listening app should not have permission for such a thing.

You want a great rapper who still holds down Hip-Hop properly, look no further than K-Rino or Immortal Technique!

And to think I was gonna download it……..glad I didn't and the album f*****g sucks.

Well in light of recent events maybe his app should be called 'NSA.' Hahaha

loveknoxxz: I've been listening to hip hop music since the late 80's from Rakim, Public Enemy, Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, to Tupac, Ice-T. NWA, NAS, AZ, you name the artist I heard of them. Jay-Z was always on that materialistic tip. Dude helped usher in all this money hungry attitude and consumerism bs. Not surprised at all with the direction he took in his career. All he talks about is money. Nas was right as usual HIP HOP IS DEAD. along with ALL GENRES of music that display creativity and positive messages. It is what it is people. Say good bye to true artist and good music on main stream radio stations.

I think a lot of times a stunt like this (putting all these tracking devices into a seemingly unrelated product) is done just to judge the publics reaction – a big or small reaction gives them information just the same. Like with Xbox 1 – all that information is prereleased and they go, awww, look at the public, they still think they have autonomy, we will take that stuff out, you still rule US with your purchasing power.

I have proudly not been a fan of Jay-z since his first big single, the one with the Annie sample (Hmmm… isn't annie a moviemusical about a girl taken from the orphanage to live with the rich and wealthy elite?)

I have been at such cathedral. Gloomy, creepy, and a lot promotion of letting the boys go to war and be heroes! Oh, and by the way, a lot of celebration of the dead heroes ofcourse…
The church used to sell orphans to the british army…

Correction, I have been to that specific cathedral…

i don't get it. A bunch of apps ask for the same exact thing. They want your location to see where people are downloading the app from. This may be used for the Elite's purpose so don't see why Jay-Z's app is being targeted when a bunch of apps do this. I downloaded his app and I didn't have to post anything on Twitter nor Facebook. I think this one is being blown out of proportion because it's Jay-Z.

I was not familiar with Killer Mike, so after watching the video, and then reading through the comments, I decided to check him out for myself. Now take my comment with a grain of salt, but after researching him, I feel that we should be cautiously optimistic before we praise him. First, his foul language is very offensive, but I understand that's my opinion. Where the red flags really went up for me was his album cover for "I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind 2". On the cover, he is throwing up the 666 hand sign. There's also an American Flag in the background with skull and crossbones in place of the stars. I also watched an interview of Killer Mike by Himanshu, and not only did Killer Mike say a few things that seemed suspicious to me, it was his shirt that stood out most. It had a large… Read more »

While some of the app's permissions seem unneeded, not all of the ones mentioned are unneeded. I'm an android developer (not for this app):

Storage Access – It needs it to write the data to the phone for the songs and such – a lot of apps require this
Accounts – To connect to FB/Twitter. Seems unneeded – you can login to FB/Twitter on apps via a special web portal
GPS – Not sure why this app needs one. A lot of apps need it for advertising in-app – some of the ad services use location targeted ads.
Phone calls – Some apps use this to manage what the app does when your phone receives a phone call. In this case, probably to pause audio automatically.

Connect the dots. -Jay-Z was a mediocre rapper lurking in the background of Tupac and Biggie. Both of them get murdered under suspicious circumstances. -Almost over night, Jay Z becomes this mega rap star. Not because fans thought he was so great, but because the media shoved him down our throats and crowned him as "the chosen one." This occurred after he snitched on his friends for trying to start a distribution company to have more control over their music sales His friends businesses were raided and some went to federal prison. (Was this a test to see where his loyalty really was?) -All of sudden, Jay-Z becomes besties with president Obama. What does Obama and Jay-Z have in common other than they are both black? Why does Jay-Z, a former drug dealer and rapper have access to the White House? -Obama just got busted for his NSA spying programs… Read more »

Another trick from the sleeve of one of the most well known pawns of the illuminati, but hey, in the American Soviet Union, web surf you indeed.

Its hilarious how everything is connected.. I just read this article yesterday and just now I went to install Music Paradise on my phone and its showing the same thing, that it can mod storage, gps, its says all of the above..So its more than just his app, its bigger than JayZ. Its still crazy nonetheless

He's hardly a " savvy Business man " it was all handed to him on a silver platter in EXCHANGE for selling out by pushing Occultism , police state and now data mining on his gullible fans and when you have occultist conglomerates bank rolling you , all you basically do is sign Agreements

Totally agree with you. Because what we are hearing on the air waves is sickening! And Jay-Z is not a savvy business man. He was/is a willing stooge in the moral decay and down fall of our society and civilization. I can't believe people idolize let alone admire this dirt bag. No person reaches that level in society without either being iniated into certain societies or is willing to do the will of TPTB.

Nobody achieves this kind of success without compromising your principles, if you have any in the first place. You need to feel pity for people like that as they are profoundly weak. As long as you don't cultivate sentiments of jealousy and feel hatred towards them. I bet they don't even feel security and happiness which only stimulate their greed.

jay z sell out? hahahahahahahahahaha… selling "high class" cocaine is still selling crack, even if you enrobe it in PoMo references and a gilded cage–

players being played, ancient story that seems to be on infinite repeat.

“To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That's what everybody does every hour of his life. If I asked you to keep your soul – would you understand why that's much harder?”
–Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead)

Yinz guys…. If you look at all the pre-installed apps that you cannot remove from phone… Don't you notice they all these similar 'functions' ?

I don't even use apps on my phone – but they turn on anyway. They're on a timer of some sort to just constantly turn on and run retrieving your info.

My philosophy is you can't really live without music. Music is great. If you like the music – listen to it.

If people haven't figured out he and all other entertainment biggies are stooges of the NWO, they never will.

Shark, I totally agree with you. I don’t listen to mainstream rap, because it is all garbage, but the underground is full of insightful artists like the ones you metioned. The only one I don’t care for at all is Brother Ali. To me he plays the race card way too much, and his music is zzzzzzzzzzz, boring. I wish Vigilant Citizen would compile a plethora of videos that expose all of this stuff. KRS, Zach de la Rocha and Last Emporer’s CIA is a brilliant song and video, that is 4 minutes of truth. Immortal Tech, Killer Mke, El-P…etc. I would love to see that.

There's a lot of other rappers that talk about these issues, and who stay lyrical. I'm just flabbergasted (yea, I used that word) of the amount of people that think 'Ye is a "genius" and has "depth"…yea a genius for marrying a cum bucket like Kim K? I know it's good to talk about these things, but I've been reading too many "Kanye is this, Jay-Z is that, God help us all blahzay blahzay". God gave you a brain, a brain so you can look for and enjoy better rappers than what the media deems "cool". Many know about Immortal Technique, but you guys should really check for artists like Killer Mike, El-P, Brother Ali, Ras Kass, etc. We can all talk about how mainstream music is bullshit, but we should shift focus to better emcees that deserve more attention. Word is bond, I highly recommend those artists. Honestly, major… Read more »

More people need to understand what you do. Major labels ARE dying out. The internet is the new media mogul. Youtube is the new marketer. It is time to shift focus on what we DO want and what we DO like rather than all the negativity.

You gotta address J. Cole's album cover and title: Born Sinner.Also, listen to his song Villuminati.

Dude, you need to understand the concept of the album. J Cole is anti illuminati . He was being sarcastic when he said "i'm about to join the illuminati, fck everybody." smh people these days don't research.

"Conspiracy theorist screaming illuminati. They can't believe this much skill is in the human body."


Skill? How 'bout the demonic that you embrace that are giving you the "skill". What a fool.

"Question religion, question it all. Question existence until them questions solved. Meanwhile it's heretic…"


Reference to "demon" implies an evil spirit of some sort. You obviously haven't questioned existence enough (especially existence of spirits) coz I'm sure some "god" has neatly written it all down for ya in some "book", ain't it? Do you even know what a demon is?

I'm so glad I emailed this video to VC. I love provoking discussion and reading the points and views of others. 🙂

I'm not s fan of jay z, I haven't been in a long time. I still believe he has something to do with biggie's death, I believe the same for diddy. After biggie died, these two shot up the rap ladder real quickly. I look forward to these clowns being exposed. I know there are folks out there who are scarred, but then again, a lot of people are so brainwashed they wouldn't get it.

Beyonce also became popular right on the heels of Aaliyah's death as well. I remember it very well.

I always say the two of them "sacrifice" biggie….or they won't be as famous

I've always said Biggie was more of a sacrifice than Tupac was. Tupac's death was well orchestrated. No one benefited from Pac's death. Suge Knight is broke. Snoop and Dr. Dre were well established already. They wanted him eliminated because he's the son of a Black Panther and he had too many ideas. His time in prison was eye opening for him. He had time to reflect and put life into perspective. His music became more rebellious as it was before he went in. He was rebellious from the start of his career. I mean him coining the phrase "Killuminati" was enough reason to have him killed. Biggie was definitely a sacrifice. Some would say wrong place at the wrong time (going to L.A. months after Pac was taken out). I myself still feel as if Diddy was jealous of Big's success. I always wonder why Diddy wasn't in that… Read more »

I agree. Pac was too outspoken. A threat to "them"

He was also a threat to Quincy Jones (and his homosexual agenda) who I believe played a huge part in his death. Why don't most of the public know that Pac's girlfriend (QJ's daughter) was in the backseat when Pac was shot up???

I didnt even know this. I know he dated her.

Pac had plans to marry Jones' daughter as well. I'm pretty sure Jones didn't want his daughter marrying Pac.

One of the last things Pac talked about was uniting the black community…for real. Not the lip service repressive s**t that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson peddle, where those two get paid and racially we still stand divided (and blacks are no better off than they were pre-Martin Luther King Jr). He had the ear of the young black community, and that in itself is a true threat.

Martin Luther King Jr was murdered only when he started talking about CLASS instead of RACE.

Yo! The permissions to install the app were A LOT MORE. They wanted access to phone records, chat and text, contact lists and a whole lot of additional data. Thats EXACTLY why i didnt run an install. When i saw all that, i was like NO WAY….

Killer Mike is a real good dude and is incredibly well read and intelligent. The video for Reagan is another fantastic song full of the truth. I love the symbolism in the video, he is using it to show what these POS' that control everything use to enslave all of us. Like he said "just like the Clinton's, bush's and Obama's, just another paid actor telling lies on teleprompters". Him and El-P from Company Flow, have been destroying the industry for the last 2 years with no air play. They just released a free EP that didn't require any corny gimmicks to Download called "run the Jewels", it is also 10 times doper than Jay Z's or Kanye's new turds. Hip hop awakened me 20 years ago, listening to PE, Tribe, Boogiemonsters, Pac, Above the Law, Gangstarr…etc. Unfortunately, we don't have many like them anymore, but Killer Mike is definitley… Read more »

Jay z is watching an knows your friends….the devil is watching and knows yo friends..
And jay z says he is being targeted by illuminati allegations because he is african american (blak)….if he is tryin to get the sympathy of blak people well here hav it!….i am as blak as tar hahaha an am not buyin it…i think he is a reincarnation of the devil


I am sick to death of Jay-Z. He is not the best rapper in the world. Why do people continually believe the hype around him?

Killer Mike! Love this artist! Add Tupac, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Lupe Fiasco to the short list of hip hop artists that pierce the veil.

Lupe is just too damn corny with all the rants he's been going on as of late.

Other artists to add are Ras Kass, El-P, Brother Ali, Diabolic, Bambu, Blue Scholars, etc.

Someone I know said Jay Z's lyrics are poetic. Does anybody else find this hilarious?


I ALLLLLLREADY knew what time it was with this bullshit download. I don't even have a Samsung, but if I did, I wouldn't have downloaded that.

This is in a lot of apps guys. Just be careful if it's not needed to function then don't trust the app. if you think its doing to much for a music app then don' t trust it, Etc. I mean jayz is a puppet but I realize this doesn't add to the puppetry. :/

Let me say this…. its allready written for alot of whats happening in the world to happen… allthough we dont know exactly when the world will end and are saviour jesus will come to get us.. there isnt too much we can do against these elite pieces of s**t… but are father god can and will save us and punish them… sometimes we cant save our selves… thats why our father god is there for us. We couldnt save our selves and god helped us by giving his son jesus to wash away our sins so one day… barring how good and if you truly accept jesus christ existing as your saviour of your soul.. we can be with god and jesus in their kingdom.. so like I said some things are not in our hands..

Father God….men men men….always men that are promoted as saviors, eh? Probably right.

Men have different qualities/strengths that complement the qualities/strengths of women.

Theres no hope for theese entertainers. They make me sick. Cant look at them or hear them. Its sad they took innocent ppl and innocent things like movies music and corrupted it. This is why we must educate are children about good n bad. Look at bieber he was normal innocent when he started off… look at him now a lil cocky unhunble nuisance who does drugs… I told my wife wait till bieber is 18 hes gonna go crazy just like the rest of theese hollywierdos.. the money,power,fame.. cant be the only influence on theesr stars… its as if something is controling them.. rebuke it in the name of jesus christ.. hope they wake up like chappelle.. now that guy is amazingly smart n blessed for rejecting them..

Dave Chappelle is also a Muslim. Took great courage to stand up to the hollywood moguls and refuse that $50 million and worse of all the allegations of "insanity." Truly an inspiration and a man of morals. Hope he withstands the pressure.

oh yes he is someone who doesn't go against his beliefs.

Didnt know hes muslim… im chirstian but either way good 4 him.. he did the right thing.

What pressure? He already checked out.

Not the least bit interested in what these talentless drones have to offer. Feel sorry for the sheepie that hold these manufacured marketing vampires in the highest regard. They deserve to be fleeced and lead astray.

how many of you have actually studied the change in direction of his lyrical data of this new magna carta track? Take another look at the foo' – Im not saying believe, just observe the directional change, pre-meditated game change or other…

I would like a bit more background info on the name of the album. Magna Carta, Holy Grail is an odd choice for a rap/hiphop album. Hmmm….

You've never heard of the Magna Carta? Have you made it to high school yet? It's in basic world and American history classes. Possibly taught in junior high in some school systems.

Uh, our educational system is crap. Here, remember this, we test you for it, now you can forget it and learn new crap and forget that.

The music industry today is but one pawn in the game of chess. The game is unpredictable. But the game will be over soon enough. We don't know when, but He does.

Jay-z is a bloody imbecile dingbat! SERIOUSLY gtfo.

& this is why I didn't download that s**t.

Black people loves slavery. They came for a long history of slavery and now many of them sing stupid song promoting slavery…be a Satan's slave!

Racists like you tarnish our movement

Wait now, he just might have a point. Here me out first & Ima keep it real as it was, ok… I was on a job assignment out of state this past week. And we had overseers micromanaging the slaves every moves. We were told to inform the overseers when we even had to use the bathroom ( say what) they had to know over every where abouts at all times for the 12 hr shifts. I have never in my entire life every had to deal with anything like this at all. They were talked to like animals & gave great performances as well. I seen one employee go so far as to be laid out on the floor & I mean laid out like you would be in a bed, doing some work.(believe me when I tell you, it wasn't that serious) Putting on a great show for… Read more »

There are very few racists. EVERYONE is prejudiced.

Very well but there always seems to be a lot of people on here who believe that worshippers of Satan are a huge, scary group which we need to rise up against and defeat. I don't iknow whether that is what you are left with after you take it out of a monotheistic context but it is fundamentally wrong. God is the lord of heaven and the lord of the world and he has allowed this sin to come about and will allow it to continue until the end times and fulfilment of the phrophecies has happened. There is no scope for a great political or ideological uprising 'against the illuminati'. It is about YOU protecting your OWN soul and those of your nearest and dearest and your own spiritual battle against evil. Mass uprising is irrelevant. The sheeple as a growing majority is always going to be there –… Read more »

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It is exactly that attitude that befits those that would r**e t he worlds resources for their own gain. Believe that all you want.

I've never heard of killer mike. Thanks for sharing VC.

When GOD called 4 Light in d beginning,HE was firm & without apologies 2 Darkness;therefore anyone that feels irritated by 'preachers' on this site or anywhere else in d universe should know that it is done 2 avoid accusation from whomsoever is damned in d Day of retribution(no one will say s/he had'nt heared).'Microscopic' scrutiny of d 'elite'(indeed) & d likes of Jay-z in any sector of human endeavour(what do men know besides bickering over supremacy amongst themselves?) misses d entire picture.D whole matter is this:GOD,d Decider of victory in a war now engulfing all creation has given HIS rules:-Walk in d Light(Jesus Christ) & live;remain in Darkness(whatever aspirations & philosophies that suit ur fancy) & die;period.

Don't know if anyone mentioned this but when I was looking through the lyrics on the app all of the expletives were blanked out. From listening to the a few (awful) tracks I realised that these expletives included: God, The Bible, Jesus and Christ. I Suppose these are all dirty words if you are a devil worshiper though.

Jay-Z is another predictable one that doesnt even deserve to be talked about….