This album is the alchemical union of Jay-Z’s "Black Album" with David Bowie’s "Blackstar." It is entirely sample-based with no additional instrumentation; the samples themselves are directly connected to one of these two works. Each song from both albums is represented, including some vocal samples either used as source material by Jay-Z (e.g. the hook of "Lucifer") or afterwards in the form of collaborative remixes (e.g. the inclusion of Linkin Park vocals from "Collision Course"). It also contains a nod to Danger Mouse’s iconic "Grey Album" by recreating a handful of backmasked lyrical fragments in "Lucifer." The backmasking itself is intended as tongue-in-cheek and is otherwise inane.
The esoteric personas surrounding both artists offered a wealth of imagery and symbolism culminating in the ominous vibe of the project and the title "Black Magick." No lasting conclusions should be inferred from this project pertaining to the beliefs or practices of any individual or artist involved or referenced.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the [copyright] law.