For several hours yesterday, Jay-Z took to Twitter to answer various questions from fans. This was a rare display of social network communication from the rapper, whose current Tweet count rests at a mere 210 (though arguably impressive compared to his wife Beyonce, who has only tweeted five times since spring of 2012). During the online questionnaire, Jay-Z stated that “Open Letter,” a track left off of his recently released Magna Carta Holy Grail, would be available on vinyl only, and that rocker Jack White would be handling the release.
Expanding on the details of the release in an interview with Hot 97, Jay-Z shared information about the physical format of the Third Man Records release, stating “It’s in a letter… you can play the letter… it’s amazing… You open the letter, and you can actually play the card.” While this description may leave some scratching their heads, it seems slightly tame for Third Man, who have previously released liquid filled vinyl, as well as a 7” record embedded inside a 12” record. This will be the second time Third Man has released Jay-Z related material in 2013, as the record label released gold and platinum vinyl editions of The Great Gatsby Soundtrack earlier this year.
Below, watch as Fuse tour Third Man Records: