By Funmilola Olukomaiya
American rapper and businessman, Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as JAY-Z, has dropped his much-anticipated Album, “4:44”.
Recall that the rapper’s wife, Beyonce dropped her Lemonade album last year with tracks that insinuated that Jay-Z cheated on her with other women.
With this new number dropping today, the American rapper apologises to Beyonce for cheating on her, and “4:44” just seems to be the response to Beyonce’s Lemonade album.
“4:44” is coming after a four-year gap from Jay-Z and he took time to bare himself like never before.
Jay-Z who, apparently energised on punctuation, has restored his name’s hyphen and delivers a long-awaited public reply to Beyonce who chastised him for infidelity on her acclaimed Lemonade album a year ago.
In this album, Jay-Z apologises to Beyonce for cheating and also pours out love for his lesbian mother, while taking familiar but timely shots on the politics of race.
“4:44,” the 13th studio album by the rapper , came out Friday as an exclusive on his upstart Tidal streaming service whose new part-owners, telecom provider Sprint, is banking on the release to woo customers.
According to the rapper in this long-awaited public reply to Beyonce’s infidelity claims in her Lemonade album, he raps over a brassy Gospel refrain saying, “I apologise, our love was one for the ages and I contained us”.
“What good is a menage-a-trois when you have a soulmate? You risked that for Blue?” he asks rhetorically, referring to the couple’s five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.
Track 4:44 sees Jay seemingly apologise for cheating on Beyonce, saying it took Blue Ivy to make him realise how bad his behaviour was.
He raps: ‘I apologise, often womanise, took 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.’
Meanwhile, Beyonce recently gave birth to twins, her father revealed on social media, although the family has yet to confirm details.
Jay-Z on “4:44” suggests they conceived the twins naturally.
Jay-Z, discussing the album on iHeartRadio, said “4:44” was named for the time of morning when he woke up and wrote the song.
Also, Jay-Z and Beyonce have matching ring-finger tattoos of the Roman numeral “IV” — four being the day in different months of their wedding and both their birthdays.