Jay-Z's Impromptu Twitter Q&A: 10 Things We Learned

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Jay-Z attends the 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' album release party at Pier 41 - Liberty Warehouse on July 3, 2013 in Brooklyn.

Jay-Z's highly anticipated "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album officially hits shelves tomorrow (July 9). As we've reported, it's rollout and release has been a bit unconventional, with Jay creating "new rules." This afternoon he surprised his nearly 2.7 million Twitter followers by randomly starting a question and answer session that spanned more than six hours. Keep in mind that before today, Jay had maybe 50 tweets to his name total. So him being abnormally chatty in the tweets was a treat.

Although the conversation revealed some fascinating insights about the recording of "MCHG," it has also enlightened Twitter feeds all over the world with the fun facts -- like if he had to choose a favorite breakfast cereal (even though he admittedly hasn't had cereal in a while), Shawn Carter would pick Captain Crunch. "Berry Crunch," to be exact. The convo wrapped, fittingly, at 7:09 p.m. Check it all out in it's entirety on his feed here. There is something for everyone in Jay-Z's Twitter Q&A. These are the 10 highlight points we took from the conversation.

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    "Oceans" is the Oldest Song on the Album

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @Oliver_Bart What was the first track you recorded for the album? Congratulations by the way @S_C_ #MCHG [Thanx! Oceans is 2 years old]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
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    Jay-Z prefers "Thriller"-era Michael Jackson, and "Sign O the Times" era Prince

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @sIowdowns @moonrauhlker What's your favourite Michael Jackson song? #MCHG @S_C_" [Human Nature, Prince Dorothy Parker]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
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    Jay Can't Wait to Perform Several "Magna Carta" Songs Live

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @FCHW_ Hov be responding . #MCHG which track you most looking forward to performing live off this one?[Picasso,Crown,Somewhere,Beach...]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
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    He's a Risk-taker

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @danieleric17 @S_C_ biggest entrepreneurial tip you've learned? #MCHG [don't listen to anyone, everybody is scared]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
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    Jay Had the Most Fun Recording His "Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life" Album

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @iamD_L_ @Syou @S_C_ Which of your albums was the most enjoyable to make? #MCHG [Vol 2 no follow up to that please. '98 #mylaugh]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
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    Making New Rules Means Fresh Problems

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @TylerBritter Do you still have 99 problems or have they all been sorted? [#newrules new problems]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
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    Aspiring Stars, Jay Says Old Ways are Useless

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @ghostdadon What are the #newrules for indie artist? [unlearn anything they ever taught you. They know not what they speak]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
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    "BBC," Featuring Rap Buddy Nas was a Joy to Make

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @xcxarlos_sc What song was the most fun recording? #MCHG [BBC #factsonly]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
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    Lucky Lefty Doesn't Trust the term "Worldwide Smash"

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @TinaciousAoun What is the biggest lesson you've learned from the music industry? #MCHG @S_C_ [run when people say "Worldwide smash"]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013
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    Jay-Z Gave Timbaland the Keys to the "Magna" Car Musically

    ote class="twitter-tweet">RT @Dues_ @S_C_ Any influences on the production in #MCHG? Did you set out for any particular sound? [Timbo the KING]— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) July 8, 2013