Today we all woke up in a different world than we went to sleep in. That's because the much anticipated JAY-Z album, 4:44, has officially dropped, and why yes, it is a response to wife Beyoncé's masterpiece, Lemonade.
Like, zero-point-zero question.
JAY has been teasing the album on social media, giving us minimal information and MAXIMUM FONT SIZE.
Many sources online break down the album line-by-line, and with good reason. So much of it directly references pieces of Lemonade, like "Becky with the good hair" as one, teeny, tiny, very famous example.
In his song "Family Feud," JAY raps,
Yeah, I'll f*ck up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone Becky!
He also addresses the infamous fight with Beyoncé's sister, Solange, in an elevator. In a leaked videotape, Solange was caught kicking and clawing at the Magna Carter rapper while Beyoncé stood by.
In his song "Kill JAY-Z" he raps the lyrics:
You egged Solange on / Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong
(I'm still honestly confused BUT I LOVE IT ALL ANYWAY!)
These are just two little examples, and fans are having a ball drawing their own connections.
Regarding the title 4:44, JAY explained to iHeartRadio it came to him, literally, in his sleep.
'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 a.m., 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.
It's also the track that tackles his infidelity most directly. Lyrics include:
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 probably 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?'
WOW, GUESS I'LL EAT MY FEELINGS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK AND CALL MY MOM.
You can listen to the album and catch all the feels exclusively on Tidal.