Jay Z highly anticipated album, 4:44, is finally available on TIDAL. If you’re wondering what the meaning is behind 4:44, it’s because it’s a significant number in his life. Beyonce’s 2011 album was titled 4 so it definitely has meaning in both of their lives. In an interview promoting that project, Bey revealed, “My mother’s birthday is on the fourth. My husband’s birthday on the fourth. I got married on the fourth.” Also, the Roman numeral IV is in their daughter Blue Ivy’s name. Their wedding date also included 4: “On April 4, 2008–eight divided by two is four–[Jay Z] put a ring on it,” Beyonce said. Basically 4 runs their lives. In Hov’s thirteenth studio album, 4:44, the rapper subliminally talks about several people.
One of these mentions is toward his wife, Beyonce. The track, “4:44,” appears to be an apology song. “I never wanted another woman to know/ Something about me that you didn’t know. I promised, I cried, I couldn’t hold/ I suck at love, I think I need a do-over/ I will be emotionally available if I invited you over/ I stew over what if you over my shit?” On the other hand, “Kill Jay Z” shouts out Halle Berry’s ex, Eric Benet, and possibly throws shots at Future and Kanye West.
On Eric Benet: “You almost went Eric Benet/ Let the baddest girl in the world get away/ I don’t even know what else to say/ N**ga, never go Eric Benet.”
On Future: “In the future, other n**gas playin’ football with your son/ You had lost it, 13 bottle of Ace of Spade what it did to Boston.”
On Kanye: “I know people backstab you, I felt that too/ But this fuck everybody attitude ain’t natural/ But you ain’t the same, this ain’t Kumba ‘Ye/ But you got hurt because you think kumbaye/ You give him $20 million without blinking/ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck what was he thinking?/ ‘Fuck wrong with everybody?’ is what you saying/ But if everyone is crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
In his song, “Family Feud,” Hov addresses young cats in a huge diss. He raps, “I’m tryna fix you/ I’m tryna get these n**gas with no stripes to be official/ Ya’ll think small, I think Biggie/ Ya’ll whole pass is in danger, ten Mississippi/ Al Sharpton in the mirror takin’ selfies/ How is him or Bill Cosby supposed to help me?” While he makes general statements about the younger generation of rappers here, Jay also highlights society’s flaws in “Moonlight.” “We stuck in La La Land/ Even when we win, we gon’ lose/ Ya’ll got the same fuckin’ flows/ I don’t know who is who/ We got the same fuckin’ watch/ She don’t got time to choose.”
In the midst of all these subliminal and direct shout-outs, 4:44 has ten tracks with features from Frank Ocean, his mother Gloria Carter, and Damian Marley.
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