JAY-Z Addresses Beyonce Cheating Rumors, Solange Elevator Fight and Kanye’s Breakdown on ‘4:44′
JAY-Z is really transparent on his new project, 4:44, which has everyone buzzing.
Jay keeps it all the way real on the project, so real that folks are in a tizzy because he even addresses the cheating rumors that were sparked with the release of his wife, Beyoncé's soul-baring album, Lemonade. While Jay offered a fairly thorough breakdown of each song in an interview with iHeartradio, his actual lyrics are even more telling.
Take a look at some of the most poignant lyrics below.
The Solange Elevator Fight. On "Kill JAY-Z," which he says is about killing his ego, he talks about getting into it with his sis-in-law, Solange, with the elevator kick seen 'round the world. Basically, he's sorry for that mess. He also name drops infamous Halle Berry cheater, Eric Benét more than once, which Twitter had a field day with.
"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/N----, never go Eric Benét."
Beyoncé's Lemonade Cheating Rumors. On the title track, "4:44," Jay continues to keep it completely honest about his past indiscretions, those cheating mistakes that Bey elegantly addressed on her groundbreaking visual album, Lemonade. "When you hurt me, you hurt yourself... When you lie to me, you lie to yourself..." Bey sang on the album, a thought that Jay confirms on "4:44."
"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…Like the men before me, I cut off my nose to spite my face/I never wanted another woman to know/Something about me that you didn’t know/I promised I cried I couldn’t hold/I suck at love, I think I need a do-over/I will be emotionally available if I invited you over/I stew over what if you over my sh-t?…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?”
More Apologies for Cheating on Bey. On "Family Feud" he addresses a few issues—the generational gap in hip-hop that's come to the forefront as of late, saying folks need to chill out basically, as well as the importance of supporting black-owned businesses. Of course, it's the lines he dedicates to his wife that has garnered quite a bit of attention.
"Yeah, I’ll f--- up a good thing if you let me/Let me alone, Becky/A man that don’t take care his family can’t be rich/I watched Godfather, I miss that whole s---"
Kanye's Breakdown. JAY-Z goes big brother on Kanye, chastising him for his behavior on "Kill JAY-Z."
"You walkin’ around like you invincible/You dropped outta school, you lost your principles/I know people backstab you, I feel bad too/But this 'f---- 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 blinkin’/He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f---- was he thinkin’? 'F---- wrong with everybody?' is what you sayin’/But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane/Crazy how life works, you got a knot in your chest/Imagine how a knife hurts."
Warring With Prince's Estate. On "Caught Their Eyes" Jay gets really blunt about how he feels about his continued issues with Prince's estate since the music icon died unexpectedly in April 2016. He says Prince, who was a vocal opponent of big record labels and artist exploitation, was a supporter of Tidal, because it put the control back into artists' hands.
“Once we have our own resources, we can provide what we need for ourselves,” Prince said in a 2015 interview with journalists from the National Association of Black Journalists. “JAY-Z spent $100 million of his own money to build his own service. We have to show support for artists who are trying to own things for themselves.”
JAY-Z addresses his disappointment with Prince's estate on the song, and he goes in.
"I sat down with Prince, eye to eye/He told me his wishes before he died/Now, Londell McMillan, he must be color blind/They only see green from them purple eyes/They eyes hide, they eyes high/My eyes wide shut to all the lies/These industry n----s, they always been fishy
But ain’t no Biggie, no lazy eye, huh/This guy had “Slave” on his face/You think he wanted the masters with his masters?/You greedy bastards sold tickets to walk through his house/I’m surprised you ain’t auction off the casket."
All in all, JAY-Z got a lot off of his chest on this new project. Time will only tell where it will land in his overall discography but for now there's a lot here to unpack.
Listen to the album here.