- 30 Jun 17
JAY-Z offers profuse apologies in his new record 4:44.
After the exclusive release of 4:44 on Tidal today, fans on Twitter were quick to jump to how it is a response to Beyonce's 2016 album Lemonade. JAY-Z was trending worldwide on Twitter soon after the release of the album.
Beyoncé released Lemonade in 2016 insinuating Jay-Z was unfaithful to her, with lyrics such as “You can taste the dishonesty / It’s all over your breath as you pass it off so cavalier”. Their marriage has been under the glare of public scrutiny ever since.
The examples of lyrics addressing the infidelity rumours are apparent in Jay-Z's new record.
In Beyoncé's “Sorry”, she sings, “Now you want to say you’re sorry / Now you want to call me crying”. Jay-Z responds in “4:44” with, “We talked for hours when you were on tour / Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone”
On the title track "4:44" JAY-Z also raps: "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 continues, "I apologise, often womanise, took 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."
On “Kill JAY-Z”, he references an infamous quarrel in a lift with Beyoncé's sister Solange after the 2014 Met Gala: "You egged Solange on/Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong."
People were quick to jump to Beyoncé's defence on social media.
So this is why she sings this song with so much emotion. Jay Z really cheated and now it all makes sense. pic.twitter.com/JXl72Mhp01
— $ (@ICAMETOSLAYBISH) June 30, 2017
Jay Z said It took Blue being born for him to realize the value of his marriage... no wonder Beyoncé made lemonade. She was going THROUGH IT pic.twitter.com/NXqIF8GT16
— Alluring Ivy? (@Drebae_) June 30, 2017
The album 4:44 is available now on Tidal.