Jay-Z's new album, 4:44, just dropped on Friday, but it has already left many listeners gasping as the rapper addressed a number of incidents that previously made headlines.
He confronts himself in the song, “Kill Jay Z,” speaking in the third person as he discusses the now infamous elevator altercation he had with his sister-in-law, Solange.
The confrontation took place as his wife, Beyonce, watched on at the Standard Hotel in Manhattan in 2014.
He raps on the track: “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.”
The album, which was released exclusively on Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service, also saw the 47-year-old rapper respond to his wife's diss track released last year on her critically acclaimed album, Lemonade.
In her record, she references a woman named “Becky with the good hair,” and alleges that her husband may have had an affair on the song, “Sorry.”
The couple never confirmed nor denied the allegations of infidelity, leading many on social media to investigate if the rumor is true.
“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?,” he raps on his song “4:44.” “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 an interview with iHeartRadio’s The Beat Friday, he called “4:44” one of his best songs.
“'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," Jay-Z said. “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."
Many fans who signed up for Tidal specifically to hear the album were upset with the Brooklyn-born rapper and father of three, as they learned any members who joined after June 26 would have to wait to hear the new music.
One of the frustrated fans was high profile producer and hit maker Mark Ronson who took to Twitter to say he signed up to Tidal Friday only to hear 4:44.
I signed up for Tidal solely to listen to a Jay Z album, which turns out is the only thing I can't listen to on Tidal pic.twitter.com/xp0Y0FP9EX— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) June 30, 2017
Sprint customers who signed up for Tidal do have access to the record on its release.
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