JAY-Z Breaks Down Every Record on His New Album ‘4:44’

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Right after midnight, a couple of moments after JAY-Z dropped his new album, 4:44, iHeartRadio announced a new partnership with Roc Nation and Hov.

JAY’s new album will be played all day today on radio stations across the country, and on iHeartRadio’s The Beat.

LISTEN: Stream JAY-Z’s 13th Studio Album 4:44 Now

With that news, iHeartRadio released some exclusive audio of JAY talking about the album. In the audio, JAY breaks down the premise of each song on the album. There were a couple of items that caught our ear. 

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Speaking on the title track, Hov says this:

‘4:44’ is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album. And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song. So it became the title of the album and everything. It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

Speaking on “The Story of O.J,” a song which JAY-Z has released a video for, he says:

“‘The Story of O.J.’ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward. We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger.”

And then there’s “Family Feud,” which sounds like a personal song, but one that JAY describes in very impersonal ways:

“‘Family Feud’ is about separation within the culture. Like, new rappers fighting with old rappers, saying all these things. So, the line is, ‘Nobody wins when the family feuds.'”

There are a lot of things to be deconstructed on this album. JAY’s tongue is as sharp as ever. And he’s not afraid to be honest. He takes multiple shots at Kanye West, with the most brutal diss coming on “Kill JAY-Z:”

“You walkin’ around like you invincible
You dropped outta school, you lost your principles
I know people backstab you, I feel bad too
But this ‘fuck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural
But you ain’t the same, 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”

Ouch.

Then there is the Lemonade stuff which JAY is constantly responding to on the album. He confirms much of the content from that album, and he spends a good amount of time admitting he did wrong. On “Kill JAY-Z” he says “You egged Solange on, Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong.” And on “4:44” he admits: “We talked for hours when you were on tour. Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone.”

It’s clear we’re going to be decoding this album for a while. Head to iHeartRadio to hear what JAY has to say about every song on the album. 

SOURCE: iHeart

 

 

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