Jay Z’s 4:44 album officially dropped exclusively on Tidal. The album is a 10-track album which officially features only 2 artists (Frank Ocean & Damian Marley) and Jay Z’s mother (Gloria).
The album was entirely produced by No I.D. It see’s Jay-Z taking some shots at some artists and generally letting us in on some personal info; while he creatively apologies to Beyoncé.
The Album Title – 4:44
Right from time, the number 4 (IV) has been a very interesting and ‘significant’ part of the Rapper’s life. The number 4 is particularly interesting because it is a number not just significant to the rapper himself, but also to his wife Beyoncé.
First of all, the couple’s birth dates both fall on the 4th. Jay Z was born on the 4th of December 1969, while Beyoncé was born on the 4th of September 1981. The couple got married on the 4th of April (4) 2008. Now in regards to their wedding date the number 4 is significant in all three cases (The day, the month and the year). Though the year they got married was in 2008, it is still very related to the number 4, as 8 divided by 2 is 4; which signifies the fact that both individuals (4 & 4) came together as 1.
Furthermore, shortly after the couple made things official, they both got matching tattoos on their ring fingers with the number 4 in Roman numeral (IV). There is also a link to this number in the middle name of their first child Blue “Ivy” Carter.
Focusing on the number 4; in regards to the album 4:44, the title track “4:44” comes smack in the middle of the album. The song is said to be the heart of the album, as Jay-Z believes it’s one of the best songs he has ever written. The track length is 4 minutes 44 seconds and Jay-Z literally woke up at 4:44 AM to write that track.
Finally, the track 4:44 is Jay’s official apology to Beyoncé, you could say it’s his response to Bey’s Lemonade album.
Jay-Z Let’s Us In On his mother Being a lesbian
Smile, the third track in the 4:44 album features Jay Z’s mom Gloria Carter. The track goes deep into the life of Jay. In the second half of verse 1; Jay basically comes out telling the world openly for the first time that his mom has been a lesbian but had to remain behind closed doors.
“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian
Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate
Society shame and the pain was too much to take
Cried tears of joy when you fell in love
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her
I just wanna see you smile through all the hate
Marie Antoinette, baby, let ’em eat cake”
The good thing is he supports her decision and just wants to see his mom happy (Smile). His mom ends the track with a heartfelt outro:
“Living in the shadow
Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?
In the shadows people see you as happy and free
Because that’s what you want them to see
Living two lives, happy, but not free
You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love
The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free
But you live with the fear of just being me
Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be
No harm for them, no harm for me
But life is short, and it’s time to be free
Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed
Jay Speaks Out On kanye
So in Saint Pablo from The Life of Pablo album, Kanye had let the world know he was close to closing a 100 million dollar deal with Apple, of which he would have given Jay-Z $20 Million off the deal; but instead, he decided to sign with Tidal for Jay.
“When I was negotiatin’ with Apple, it was Larry and me
Told Tim Cook to call me, I was scary to see
I would’ve took a hundred million and gave 20 to Hov
I heard it’s the way they did it when we only had a stove
But it’s better that I stayed at home with my folks
Cause if Jay a billionaire then I’ma never go broke
Only thing I ask is next time I’m on stage we all go
We all go
Not just by myself, lookin’ for niggas like where’s Waldo”
Unfortunately, it didn’t just end there, Kanye went on a fume directed at Beyoncé and JAY-Z during a Sacramento Tour Stop for the Saint Pablo Tour;
“Beyoncé, I was hurt cause I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me, and over ‘Hotline Bling,’ – “JAY-Z, call me brah. You still ain’t call me. JAY-Z, call me. Ayy brah, JAY-Z I know you got killers, please don’t send ‘em at my head, just call me. Talk to me like a man.”
Two days after the fume, Kanye was taken to UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation and was said to be suffering from exhaustion and sleep deprivation.
Now in the ‘Kill Jay-Z’ track, Jay-Z hits back at Kanye
“ You walkin’ around like you invincible
You dropped outta school, you lost your principles
I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this ‘fuck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t a saint, this ain’t kumbaye
But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye
You gave him 20 million without blinkin’
He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?
“Fuck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane
Crazy how life works
You got a knot in your chest, imagine how a knife hurts”
On the same track, Jay also takes a quick pun intended at Future
“In the Future, other niggas playin’ football with your son”
Future and Ciara were engaged in 2013 but the engagement was called off in 2014 due to allegations that Future had cheated. Their son Future Zahir Wilburn was born on the 19th of May 2014.
Ciara eventually started dating and got married to Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks quarterback). Ever since the union social media had been going crazy over Future’s son seen at numerous football events with Wilson.
Jay-Z Apologises To Beyonce
Jay Z’s apology to Beyonce started off in the first track “Kill Jay-Z”. In Kill Jay-Z, he acknowledged the faults and mistakes he made, talks about his ego and admits that all he had to say that he was wrong.
“Let go your ego over your right shoulder
Your left is sayin’, “Finish your breakfast!”
You egged Solange on
Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong
You almost went Eric Benét
Let the baddest girl in the world get away
I don’t even know what else to say
Nigga, never go Eric Benét!
I don’t even know what you woulda done
In the Future, other niggas playin’ football with your son
You woulda lost it”
The official apology comes in on the 4:44 track
“Look, I apologize, often womanize
Took for my child to be born
See through a woman’s eyes
Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles
Took me too long for this song
I don’t deserve you”
In that track, he goes further on the apology (Saying it 7 times). He also talks about how he had let her down and doesn’t deserve her.
4:44 Was Aimed At Pushing A Major Sprint Deal
Tidal was a Scandinavian streaming service bought by Jay-Z for $56 million. With only 2 years of its operation under Jay-Z; Sprint invested $200 million in the company for a reported 33% stake. The new partnership saw a wide push on the network, convincing users who wanted to listen to the 4:44 album to sign up for a Sprint plan.
The truth is the release of the 4:44 album was a persuasive piece of content to serve as an anchor for this massive deal.