Jay-Z’s new album ‘4:44’ has arrived and if you were hoping for a response to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ — you got it.
Not only does Jay directly address his infidelity and the infamous elevator incident in “Kill Jay-Z” …
“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”
…but he also kicks off the album taking shots at Kanye West.
“You dropped outta school, you lost your principles
I know people backstab you, I feel bad too
But this fuck everybody attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe
But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye
You gave him 20 million without thinkin’
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”
If you recall, prior to Kanye’s hospitalization he popped off about Jay-Z during his Saint Pablo Tour.
In the album’s title track, Jay talks about his 15-year relationship with Beyoncé and reveals a few things — including the first mention of their ‘natural twins.’
“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, I harass you out in Paris
Please come back to Rome, you make it home
We talked for hours when you were on tour
Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone
Said don’t embarrass me instead of be mine
That was my proposal for us to go steady
That was your 21st birthday, you mature faster than me
I wasn’t ready, so I apologize
I’ve seen the innocence leave your eyes
I still mourn this death, I apologize for all the stillborns
‘Cause I wasn’t pressing, your body wouldn’t accept it
I apologize to all the woman whom I
Toyed with you emotions because I was emotionless
I apologize ’cause at your best you are love”
Frank Ocean, Kim Burrell, Damian Marley and Beyoncé all make appearances on the album.
Get into ‘4:44’ below exclusively via Tidal.