Jay-Z officially dropped his highly-anticipated album 4:44 June 30th exclusively on Tidal, and the social web has been buzzing ever since.
The most buzz worthy reveal on the album was that Jay-Z cheated on his superstar wife Beyoncé like she alluded to on her critically-acclaimed project Lemonade.
On the title track Hov raps, “You did what with who? / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / You risked that for Blue?”
He also mentions the infamous elevator fight with his sister-in-law Solange and takes a jab at Eric Benet in the process. “You egged Solange on, knowing all along all you had to say you was wrong / You almost went Eric Benet, let the baddest girl in the world get away,” raps Jay-Z. To remind you, Benet cheated on his previous wife Halle Berry with multiple women and that led to their divorce.
Jay-Z also talked about Kanye West. ‘F— wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’/ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.” Guess it’s safe to believe their friendship has wrapped up.
Although the album is full of buzz worthy commentary, the remarkable part of 4:44 was Hov’s urge for Black economic prosperity. On his track “The Story of O.J.,” Jay-Z raps about financial freedom being the way out.
“You wanna know what’s more important than throwing money away in a strip club / Credit,” raps Jay-Z. “You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America / This how they did it / Financial freedom my only hope / F*ck living rich and dying broke.”
Being Black is a strike in America, and it makes every dream and goal harder to achieve. One factual thing that makes it easier (not easy, but easier) is financial freedom.
Even with all of the notable reveals, Hov’s cry out to his people to focus on economic success rather than trying to impress shines through on 4:44. On “Legacy” he raps, “Generational wealth that’s the key.”
To be fair to the Black community, it’s hard to compete with White generational wealth when theirs is fueled with centuries of revenue produced by unpaid enslaved workers, but in the presence, Blacks have more opportunities at beginning it.
4:44 is definitely a dope album. Jay-Z takes a lot of jabs, but the most important hands he extends, is the one going back.
Bryant Smith is the founder and owner of The Top Tea.