When the Carter family speaks, the world listens.

By Drum Digital
30 June 2017

Rapper Jay-Z dropped his new album 4:44 at midnight on Friday

By Kim Abrahams

– and it’s been dubbed his ‘explosive response’ to wife Beyoncé’s 2016 smash-hit Lemonade.

On the album, Jay addresses everything from his infamous elevator fight with Solange, seemingly admits and apologises to his wife for cheating on her and even takes a swipe at Kanye West and the Kardashians, rapping in one single, ‘I never was a fan, my wife a queen not a Kardashian’.


But the real reason Twitter erupted minutes after the release, is Jay’s candid lyrics on his failures as a husband and how he almost ‘let the baddest girl in the world get away’. "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 didn't even know what else to say. Never go Eric Benét / I don't even know what you woulda done, in the future, other (swear word) playing football with your son," he raps in the first single on the album, Kill Jay-Z.  

In the title track, 4:44, he openly addresses those cheating rumours and speaks of his regret at nearly losing his family.



"And if my children knew, I don't even know what I would do / If they ain't look at me the same, I would prolly die with all the shame / You did what with who? What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate, you risked that for Blue?”

(A ménage à trois is an arrangement where the lover of one of theirs lives with the married couple.)

But before you jump to conclusions, all seems to be well in the Royal Family of Hip Hop’s household, who have just recently welcomed twins. Queen Bey features on Family Feud, a song off the album and she is even listed as a co-writer of the track.  

“‘4:44 is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album. And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song,” the rapper explained.

“So it became the title of the album and everything. It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.” If the music world’s reaction is anything to go by, we certainly have to agree.

Sources: usatoday.com, timeslive.co.za, xxlmag.com

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