Last night, Jay-Z’s 13th studio album, 4:44 dropped on Tidal.
I’m not sure how many people have heard it, considering it’s streaming on Tidal (LOL), but apparently, music critics are saying it’s Hov’s response to Beyonce‘s Lemonade.
For those who don’t remember, ‘Lemonade’ was an album that Beyonce surprising dropped on the world’s head back in 2016, where she essentially aired out all of the couple’s dirty laundry, accusing Jay-Z of cheating, while introducing the phrase ‘Becky with the good hair’ to the American nomenclature.
Now, a year later, it seems as though Jay has responded.
According to Rolling Stone (because I haven’t listened yet because I don’t have Tidal like a squid), Jay-Z admits to his infidelity on the album’s title track, ‘4:44’:
“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,” Jay-Z says in song’s closing verse. “‘You did what with who?’ / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / ‘You risked that for Blue?'”
And that’s not the only soul-bearing track, either, as Jay lets it all hang out on the songs ‘Family Feud’ & ‘Kill’.
On ‘Kill’, the 47-year-old New York City rapper says:
‘You almost went Eric Benét / Let the baddest girl in the world get away.’
‘You egged Solange on knowin’ all along / all you had to say you was wrong,’ he raps.
Eric Benét, for all you young millenaials out there, infamously cheated on his then wife Halle Berry.
Then, finally, on ‘Family Feud’, Hov spits: ‘Yeah, I’ll f*ck up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky / A man that don’t take care his family can’t be rich.’ Ironically, Beyonce provides backing vocals on this track.
So there you have it, folks: two of the world’s most powerful entertainers using their own personal problems to sell albums and make millions. Talk about turning lemons into … LEMONADE! HA! I AM F*CKING HILARIOUS!