The solo producer on JAY-Z's 4:44 opened up about the creative process behind the album in an interview with The New York Times, and he revealed Beyoncé actually played a huge role in the creation of the album.
Because of COURSE she did. Getting Beyoncé's approval on things is the correct thing to do in literally every circumstance ever.
4:44 is JAY-Z's thirteenth studio album (yes, you read that right... thirteenth), but this was reportedly the first time in his career that he only had one producer working on the album with him — showing just how intimate he wanted the work to be.
"Genius-level" is the reaction I want people to give me anytime I say anything ever. "How's my hair lookin'?" "Genius-level." "Do you guys like this tweet I'm about to post?" "Genius-level." "How's this Insta caption, fam?" "Genius-level." Got it? Great. Moving on.
The lyrics in the album's titular song directly address the fact that JAY-Z cheated on Beyoncé. He raps,
JAY-Z talked about the song and the meaning behind its name in an interview with iHeart Radio after the album's release. He said,
Wilson said he didn't want the entire 4:44 album to be a Lemonade response, but he knew it needed to be addressed. He said,
The Hannah Williams song Wilson's referring to is called "Late Nights & Heartbreak." Clips of it are used all throughout "4:44" as the intro and the chorus. It's a pretty poignant song to pair with JAY-Z's lyrics.
4:44 is about much more than responding to Lemonade, though. It touches on racial inequality, JAY-Z's rocky relationship with Kanye West, fatherhood, his infamous fight with Solange, his mother's coming out, and leaving behind a lasting legacy.
If you haven't listened to it already, literally, what are you doing? GET TO TIDAL RIGHT NOW IMMEDIATELY.
I know y'all can find a way to get another free trial if you've used yours already. Create a new email. Create a new identity, IDGAF. Just do it for Beyoncé, as we must do all things.