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(The Root) — Jay-Z's new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, dropped today, and the cool new thing to do on Twitter is to assume that people don't know what the real Magna Carta is. Because, you know, hip-hop fans aren’t smart enough to know historical tidbits. They're all too busy smoking weed and robbing liquor stores and being stereotypes.

It might have been a witty comment the first time it was made — and there are a few people who apparently slept though world history — but now it's just an unoriginal crack at making yourself look cool by shaming people you don't know for listening to hip-hop. Here are 10 people who probably thought they were pretty clever.


Mad people listening to MCHG ..how many really know what the Magna Carta really is? Lol

— [-_-] (@The_AlQuemist) July 4, 2013


Do any of you even know what the Magna Carta is?

— Christian Dior (@_cr1st14n0) July 4, 2013



How many of yall actually know what the Magna Carta is?

— Dugotti (@SKEETNandTWEETN) July 4, 2013


and I bet 98% of the buyers of this album dont even know what the magna carta is…unless you're a uk fan though.

— Mr.Grey (@EmilioTheKing) July 4, 2013

Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.