Jay-Z has finally released his 13th studio album titled 4:44. The album can be heard by Sprint customers and exclusively on TIDAL.
4:44 is produced entirely by NO I.D. and marks Hov’s first solo studio album in four years.
Features include Beyoncé, Damian Marley, Frank Ocean and Gloria Carter, who is Jay-Z’s mother.
Check out the album and tracklist below.
1. Kill Jay Z
2. The Story of O.J.
4. Caught Their Eyes
6. Family Feud
9. Marcy Me
Jay also gave a breakdown of each song on the album.
“‘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. 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.”
“The song ‘Bam’ with Damian Marley, it’s just jammin’, it’s just like the song. But it’s secretly Shawn Carter saying, ‘Man, you need a bit of ego.’ It was because of me and the things that I’ve done, this is JAY-Z saying you needed a bit of ego for us to arrive at this point.”
“Caught The Eye”
“‘Caught The Eye’ is a song that’s dealing with just being aware of your surroundings. There’s a line in it, and it says, ‘Your body language is all remedial, how could you see the difference between you and I?’ Just being so sharp about your surroundings.”
“‘Family Feud’ is about separation within the culture. Like, new rappers fighting with old rappers, saying all these things. So, the line is, ‘Nobody wins when the family feuds.’”
“The first song is called ‘Kill JAY-Z’ and obviously, it’s not to be taken literal. It’s really about the ego. It’s about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty.”
“The song is just about what it is, it’s like a verbal will. Just a song about speaking to my daughter. She starts the song off, and she says ‘Daddy, what’s a will?’”
“‘Marcy Me’ is a nostalgic walk through Marcy, and it’s about that hopefulness, that feeling of ‘Man, can I really do this? Can I really be one of the biggest artists in the world?’ You have these dreams, ‘Can I be one of the biggest basketball players?’ We have these dreams.”
“The hook is ‘We stuck in La La Land/Even if we win, we gonna lose.’ It’s like a subtle nod to La La Land winning the Oscar, and then having to give it to Moonlight. It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going.”
“‘Smile’ is just what it is. There are gonna be bad times, and those bad times can do two things: they can get you in a place where you’re stuck in a rut, or it can make your future that much better because you’ve experienced these things.”
“The Story of OJ”
“‘The Story of OJ’ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward. We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger.”
Several star-studded celebrities responded to Jay-Z’s 4:44 album release on Twitter. See what they had to say below.
Everything I wanted hear, thanx… @S_C_ incredible. 4:44
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) June 30, 2017
Album full of jewels & therapy… just all this perspective…. this is wild.
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) June 30, 2017
4:44. WOW. MASTER TEACHER.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) June 30, 2017
— T.I. (@Tip) June 30, 2017
Wtf I’m flipping out JAYZ jus dropped!!
— RichForever CEO ️ (@richthekid) June 30, 2017
I love Jay Z
— HOOD POPE (@ASAPferg) June 30, 2017
Just got off the plane in Portugal and went straight to that jay z album shit is fire
— FAT JOE (@fatjoe) June 30, 2017
What are your thoughts on Jay-Z’s new album?