Jay-Z Explains It All in 4:44 Album

A good number of people are going to be impressed with the way that the Jay-Z album has addressed the issue of infidelity in his marriage with Beyonce. Just as the hype for the “Lemonade” album has died down Jay-Z has taken it upon himself to bring people up to speed and actually address what was simply innuendo in the “Lemonade” album. The title of the album “4:44” is something that addresses the issue through the title track of the same name. Jay-Z has made it quite clear that he is remorseful about what has happened, and this led to many discussions about what he is talking about as a husband.

On the Tidal website there are additional videos on the “4:44” album that breakdown the lyrics and what he was actually trying to get across in the rhymes for this album. The album has already gone platinum, and the reviews have been good so far. Jay-Z has shown a tremendous amount of growth as a rapper that is closing shop on a career that spans more than 13 platinum albums in a succession of collaborations with some of the top rappers in the industry.

Jay-Z has been able to captivate fans again with the “4:44” album and people are eager to see what he may be able to do next. He has proven that he has made it clear that this is something that he wanted to address because it was something that he was tired of hiding. He was tired of being in a place where there was no talk about what was going on. He was tired of being the artist that was simply hiding in the background while his wife was heated over the affair. Jay-Z wanted to explain what was going on.

The Return of Jay-Hova: A Review of Jay-Z’s Thirteenth Studio Album; ‘4:44’

He goes by many names, Hov, Iceburg Slim, Jazzy; regardless what title he’s given though, there’s no denying Jay-Z’s influence on Hip-Hop music, or his status as an icon and legend in the Rap community. Having an unprecedented thirteen solo studio albums under his belt, Jay is notorious for switching up his style, commenting on the Hip-Hop scene at large, and for his technical yet blunt lyricism and flow. On his latest release, 4:44, the now 47 year old rapper is in rare form.

At an age when many of his original contemporaries have long faded into memory, or become irrelevant to the conversations of a majority of modern music fans, Hova remains on the minds and playlists of hip-hop heads world round. On 4:44, listeners are provided with the kind of skill, song writing, and pure swagger that drew rap fans to Jay-Z’s music in the first place, while all at once being shown why Sean Carter is still one of the most relevant rappers in the world, and will remain on his throne for a long time to come.

In an age when more and more Hip-Hop artists are turning to trap and EDM beats, Jay takes it back to the era he knows best on 4:44. From Nina Simone to Stevie Wonder, production legend No I.D. provides Jay’s tracks with some incendiary Soul and Jazz samples to rival any classic Hip-Hop album. Jay’s rapping softer than we’ve ever heard him here, but his lyrics are hard hitting than ever, and more personal, than anything long term fans have heard since Blueprint II. That’s not to say 4:44 is lacking in the braggadocio raps that made Hov famous, however. On tracks like Bam, featuring Damien Marley, Jay puts away what he refers to as ‘Pretty Sean Carter’ music and paints a portrait of what it’s like to be a rapper who came up in the ’90s in the modern age of Hip-Hop.

In a signature Jay-Z business move, 4:44 released as a surprise drop onto Jay’s own streaming service Tidal (www.Tidal.com) on June 30th, where it remains an exclusive album unavailable to anyone who wasn’t subscribed to the service by June 26th.Though the release and marketing move heralds back to the industrious, risk taking, Sean Carter of the past, Jay-Z’s thirteenth studio album is a wise and conscious Hip-Hop record that I’m convinced will not only be considered alongside Jay’s greatest in the future, but alongside rap’s greatest albums in general. 4:44 is an apology for the bodies left in the wake that made Sean Carter into Jay-Z. This is Hov at his most humble and heartfelt.