JAY-Z Talks Forgiving His Dad on ‘Footnotes of Adnis’ Video [WATCH]
Before the release of JAY-Z’s critically-acclaimed 4:44, one of the first previewed tracks was “Adnis.” With a haunting beat produced by No I.D., the track had fans excited. But upon the release of the project, the song was nowhere to be found.
Jay eventually released the song as a bonus track on the physical release and the song ended up becoming one of Hov’s most personal records ever. While JAY-Z has spoke about his relationship with his father Adnis Reeves in the past, “Adnis” found Jay becoming more understanding of his father’s shortcomings.
After releasing a music video for the song, Jay has now put out the footnotes for the video, offering an in-depth look at the lyrics. “I wish you would have told me… I could have helped you,” JAY-Z said about his father’s issues with drugs.
The rapper also opened up about meeting his father at a later age and trying to forge a relationship with him but he unfortunately passed away the following month. “Me and my father got to have a conversation -- I was like 36 -- he apologized.”
Like many of the other footnote videos, the footnotes for “Adnis” also feature interviews with various celebrities. One celeb in the “Adnis” video who gave an in-depth story was Will Smith, who shared a story about his daughter Willow Smith.
Speaking about his time with Willow on her Whip My Hair Tour, Smith said, “We came downstairs and she had shaved her head bald. She shaved her head bald in the middle of her ‘Whip My Hair’ tour. I was like, ‘Oh, s---’…I’m looking at that girl and I’m like, ‘Got it. I understand. You will not have this trouble out of me ever again. Let’s go, baby. We can go.’”
Check out the video above.