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From “Becky” to Solange & the Elevator… Check out 5 OMG Moments from JAY-Z’s “4:44” Album

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JAY-Z dropped his much anticipated 13th studio album today. The album titled “4:44” has become an instant hit especially with a lot of talking points. In the album, the rapper makes references to Beyonce‘s last album “Lemonade” where she hinted at him cheating on her with “Becky with the good hair”.

The album which arrives after a 4-year hiatus from the rapper also includes a diss to Kanye West and addresses the incident in the elevator with Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s sister.

Here are the highlights in no particular order:

The incident with Solange:

On the track “Kill JAY-Z“, he speaks to himself rapping about letting go of his ego and admitting his faults. He admits he was provokes Solange to anger which led to their altercation in an elevator in 2014 after the Met Gala. He raps:

Let go your ego over your right shoulder
Your left is sayin’, “Finish your breakfast!”
You egged Solange on
Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong

Referencing Eric Benet:

Singer Eric Benet split with his ex-wife Halle Berry in 2003 amidst allegations of infidelity and JAY-Z name-drops him on the “Kill JAY-Z” track. He blames himself for behaving like Eric at the same time reminding himself to never go that way again:

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 !

Benet has however replied via his Twitter page:

Kanye West diss:

JAY-Z calls out his frenemy Kanye West on “Kill JAY-Z”. The two have been best friends for a long while before certain undisclosed issues came between them. JAY-Z raps about getting hurt by Kanye:

I know people backstab you, I felt bad too
But this ‘fuck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t a Saint, 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, fuck was he thinkin’?
“Fuck wrong with everybody?” is what you sayin’
But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane

Admitting his mother is a lesbian:

In the track “Smile“, he raps about bad memories giving way to good times. The track which also end with a spoken word performance by his mom Gloria Carter has JAY-Z rapping about his mother being a lesbian:

Push through the pain so we can see new life
So all the ladies havin’ babies, see a sacrifice
Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian
Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian
Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate
Society shame and the pain was too much to take
Cried tears of joy when you fell in love
Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her
I just wanna see you smile through all the hate
Marie Antoinette, baby, let ’em eat cake

Speaking on allegations of infidelity:

Last year, the Bey Hive was agog with allegation of infidelity leveled against JAY-Z after Beyonce had hinted in her song “Sorry” off her “Lemonade” album that he had cheated on her with “Becky with the good hair”.  On the first verse, he raps about his infidelity and Beyonce’s miscarriages:

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 present, your body wouldn’t accept it
I apologize to all the women whom I
Toyed with you emotions because I was emotionless
I apologize ’cause at your best you are love
And because I fall short of what I say I’m all about
Your eyes leave with the soul that your body once housed
And you stare blankly into space
Thinkin’ of all the time you wasted in on all this basic shit
So I apologize

He also expresses concern at what his children would feel if they knew:

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 prob’ly 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?”
If I wasn’t a superhero in your face
My heart breaks for the day I had to explain my mistakes
And the mask goes away and Santa Claus is fake
And you go online and see
For Blue’s tooth, the tooth fairy didn’t pay

Finally, on “Family Feud“, talks about how the importance of family as he raps, “Nobody wins when the family feuds“, with Beyonce lending her vocals to the track signalling that all is well with the couple.

11 Comments

  1. Chacha

    June 30, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    This new album is the bomb. The biggest shocker of them all for me is his mother coming out as gay. Like what? After four children. She’s brave yo. If she’s happy then whatever. I ain’t God biko. And this dude cheated on Bey sha. B.E.Y.O.N.C.E. T.H.E. Q.U.E.E.N.???!! Chai. Men are scum aswear.

  2. Mrs chidukane

    June 30, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I love Jay z. Looking forward to hearing the tracks .

  3. Chinny

    July 1, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Not surprised he cheated on Bey – for men like Jay, there are so many Beys and prettier-than-Beys around them. He’s been with her for over 10yrs, she’s lost her charm for him. What we have mostly in marriages today is lustful love, which is fallible. Yes, you can love your spouse lustfully. But such love can fade with time – what happens when say, your spouse comes down with a terminal disease? If all the love in a marriage was based on looks and emotion? People like Bey/Kim Kadashian have to do a lot to keep their spouses in love with them. All forms of surgeries, lifts, injections etc to remain physically appealing cos the love is majorly physical/sexual. But you can’t win in the physical – how do you outdo all them thots with Dr.90210 butts and boobs? What we need more than the romantic love is Unconditional love – that lifegiving love- which does not dwell on the physical.. It is only this love, this gift of God, that will make a man overlook a naked Rihanna and go home to his faithful wife. It is possible, but only by his grace.

    Think of it -It is difficult for the average man to be faithful talkless of Jay. Men like him are surrounded by dirty lyrics, booze, clubs, women, swear words, porn, loud music, more women. Why does it seem most musicians end up with such stories of infidelity or babymama? From Fela down to Davido. It is a struggle for them to be faithful. To overcome hollywood seduction, one will need the grace of God. But if they turn to God, It could cost everything. They might have to give up that entire life. , but the good news is, they will gain eternal life. And finally, they will be free to choose to be faithful to their wives.

    • Eagleeye

      July 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Bravo! @Chinny, Bravo!

  4. Ajala & Foodie

    July 1, 2017 at 4:03 am

    So there I was looking for the new “famous” tweet by Mr. President that Paul Ryan was responding too when I accidentally stumbled on this story on CNN. Well, like someone rightly stated “Bey gave us lemonde, Jay served us tea”.

  5. Ajala & Foodie

    July 1, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Yea I also thought that was some shade at Eric Benet and his current wife. I actually had to google to make sure dude was still married

    • AceOfSpade

      July 1, 2017 at 4:33 am

      So you’d judge him if he wasn’t married? Isn’t that what you always preach that society shouldn’t do to divorced or separated women or is it different because he is a guy and he has to be the one at fault if there is a break up?

      The reason for my epistle is because you had to google to make sure he is still married. Like does it matter if he isn’t?

    • Ajala & Foodie

      July 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      @Ace of Spades, you came to the conclusion of judgement from my statement how? That i thought Jay was shading him and yes i figured he was referring to HB in the song but before i could surmise i.e ascertain the shade DID include Eric’s current wiife, i had to google to ensure they were still together. That is, if they were not together anymore, including her in the above statement would be wrong because the definition of “the best woman go” could then include any lady Mr. Benet has had history with. In case, you are still unclear on my point: Eric Benet let the “best woman” go, is it insinuate that not only is Eric Benet “not the smartest cookie in the jar” but also that his wife not the best partner for him. JAY’S shade of Eric was explicit, the shade of Eric’s wife implied. That I point that out I believe, does not pass judgement on Eric, his wife or even Jay. Simply point out something in Jay-Z’s latest that some may miss but probably many caught too. That i tried to verify my opinion before posting it publicly does not insinuate an intent to pass judgement either.

      You still think i am the one passing judgement unfairly or otherwise? I know you are not that simple minded. You took something innocent and tried twisting so you could point a finger. Why? Only time will tell.

  6. Mz_Danielz

    July 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Beyoncé is not the prettiest woman in the world oh, she’s just a product of branding.

    Why are Beyoncé and Jay-Z so extra, allegations of cheating, etc. they can’t just release an album or have their kids in peace.

    • Eagleeye

      July 1, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      They cannot because their bread and butter is as a result of exposing their ‘oh sooo private; life..thats the allure. Its all about marketing, so sadly, they cant do it all in peace – even if I would much rather they do.

  7. Bruness

    July 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    @Chinny Double Bravo!!

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