New Album: JAY-Z ‘4:44’

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Since Sprint acquired a portion of TIDAL music streaming service, co-owner JAY-Z and the wireless service corporation have partnered to release the rapper’s 13th album, 4:44. The joint venture will also give new Sprint customers a free 6 month trial to TIDAL, which will support the 1Million project.

With a brilliant marketing plan in that last month including billboard ads across the world, a televised commercial (“Adnis”) and various ads (Kill JAY-Z”, “MaNyfaCedGod”), the album has officially been released, exclusively for TIDAL subscribers. Also included a breakdown of each track from the Hov and the visual to “The Story Of OJ”.

“4:44”
“‘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.”

“Bam”
“The song ‘Bam’ with Damian Marley, it’s just jammin’, it’s just like the song. But it’s secretly Shawn Carter saying, ‘Man, you need a bit of ego.’ It was because of me and the things that I’ve done, this is JAY-Z saying you needed a bit of ego for us to arrive at this point.”

“Caught The Eye”
“‘Caught The Eye’ is a song that’s dealing with just being aware of your surroundings. There’s a line in it, and it says, ‘Your body language is all remedial, how could you see the difference between you and I?’ Just being so sharp about your surroundings.”

“Family Feud”
“‘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.'”

“Kill JAY-Z”
“The first song is called ‘Kill JAY-Z’ and obviously, it’s not to be taken literal. It’s really about the ego. It’s about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty.”

“Legacy”
“The song is just about what it is, it’s like a verbal will. Just a song about speaking to my daughter. She starts the song off, and she says ‘Daddy, what’s a will?'”

“Marcy Me”
“‘Marcy Me’ is a nostalgic walk through Marcy, and it’s about that hopefulness, that feeling of ‘Man, can I really do this? Can I really be one of the biggest artists in the world?’ You have these dreams, ‘Can I be one of the biggest basketball players?’ We have these dreams.”

“Moonlight”
“The hook is ‘We stuck in La La Land/Even if we win, we gonna lose.’ It’s like a subtle nod to La La Land winning the Oscar, and then having to give it to Moonlight. It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going.”

“Smile”
“‘Smile’ is just what it is. There are gonna be bad times, and those bad times can do two things: they can get you in a place where you’re stuck in a rut, or it can make your future that much better because you’ve experienced these things.”

“The Story of OJ”
“‘The Story of OJ’ 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.”

 

UPDATE: Now available on Apple Music. Purchase your physical copies here.

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  • MyEraWasDope

    I listened to the Album 2x already. And It’s a fact HOV is the GREATEST RAPPER EVER! He delivered on this one! Fav track right now if I had to pick is Marcy Me

    • MyEraWasDope

      Or Bam

      • MyEraWasDope

        Fuck it! All of Em

  • THE ALMIGHTY MIKEY ESCO!!!

    CLASSIC GROWN MAN RAP!!! NOT FOR YOU FKN BAMAS!!! FK YO FEELINGS!!!

    • Officer Ricky

      But you a grown ass pussy though

      • el jim chapo guzman

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    • DialTone

      HELL yeah This is what we need my Ghee I’m wit you 100 percent Jay said fuck pleasing everybody i’m going in!!!! This video crazy all you bama niggas pay attention Gem’s are being dropped!!!! SALUTE Hov!!!!! Don’t wanna jump out the window to quick but this Jawnt sounding like ah CLASSIC!!!!

    • THE ALMIGHTY TRUSTFUND BABY

      What the fuck would an immature bozo Internet troll like you know about being a grown man

    • You a Lil Mama fan STFU

      Now you into grown man rap? LOLThought you preferred them fake ass fairy tales raps from ya boy Officer Ricky and Lil Mama

    • PREMERE

      Stfu yous a little bitch you dont know nothing about grown man shit…….

  • Miss.S

    Grown man shit at its best. so hyped for this. “Show you how to do this”

  • True story no lie

    Great album very soulful production. This a classic album. Hov sound hungry not rusty. Fuck tidal! album is out there if u look for it. I’m bang it on my way to work.

  • Da Truthhh

    yo wtf , I signed up for tidal but not i got to sign up with sprint??? nah

    • Mec-One

      You don’t have to sign up for Sprint lol

      • Da Truthhh

        then what I have to do?

      • Da Truthhh

        How wtf do I do ????!!!!

        • Mec-One

          Sorry …… if you didn’t sign up to Tidal before midnight then you need a sprint account too . ……

          Try rapgodfathers

  • el jim chapo guzman

    last album was fire but i don’t know if i can say the same about this one

    • Elproblemo Djblast

      bra you stay complaining smh

    • Gary Nicotine

      4:44 IS ACTUALLY A GOOD ALBUM. IT’S HIP-HOP FOR GROWN FOLKS.

      IN THE MEANTIME, Stalley is back and gearing up to release his new album, New Wave.

      The proud Ohio native drops his first single, “Madden 96,” a record that finds Stalley rapping about his fetish from old school Chevys and staying cool with his day-one friends.

      “Life’s golden I be rollin’ up expensive shit/Everybody always talking what they finna get/Shit, I’m getting rich with niggas Ive been sinnin’ with/Same niggas I was with playing Genesis,” he raps.

      New Wave drops July 28. The 14-track LP doesn’t have any guest features and it follows up Stalley‘s last album, Ohio, which dropped in 2014.

      Ohio debuted at No. 35 on the Billboard 200 chart and included collaborations with Rick Ross, De La Soul, Ty Dolla $ign, August Alsina and Nipsey Hussle.
      The new album will continue Stalley’s “Intelligent Trunk Music” theme and will be a must cop.

      • el jim chapo guzman

        ohio was a wack album fam.

  • Cuzzo

    Jay continues to show that Hip Hop CAN evolve.

    I’ve appreciated the introspection on his last 3 albums actually.

  • Curbside

    jay z is overrated

    • Elproblemo Djblast

      nice try troll lmao

      • Curbside

        Just my opinion.

  • Iamstillmusic

    This was a good album, Jay still has it. Too early to call it a classic though. Glad he kept it at ten songs for easy consumption

  • Da Truthhh

    how do i listen to this shit without signing up for sprint

  • MakkariClothing

    His most conscious album to date… back on his soulful beat selection. Encore Jay… 47 and still making relevant music. The OJ Story is classic material. #hiphop

  • 50

    Coming up Jay was confused, his momma kissing a girl
    Confusion occurs coming up in a cold world
    Daddy ain’t around probably out committing felonies
    My favorite rapper used to say ch check out my melody

  • BUI Podcast

    Can’t wait to hear this album when it is released on an actual music platform. #FUCKTIDAL

  • The fact that Jay Z named dropped your boy Pill Cosby on family feud let’s me know that he paying attention!!!

  • Burr.burr.burr

    I thought J didn’t write

  • Coroner

    Only 10 tracks, 36 min? I guess he just dropped this to stay relevant…

    • Elproblemo Djblast

      he did 36 min cause this generation got short term attention span

  • Da Truthhh

    Yo he killed Future wit the playing football with your kid line. Yo I will put this album with the rest of his classic , spitting mad science on this one.

  • top5ive

    So far so good

  • PREMERE

    Cough up a lung where im from Marcy son aint nothing nice…….

  • Trappin’ Trev

    HOV PLAYED IT SAFE ON THIS ONE. EVERY BAR IS GENTLE, CUTE. THE BEST PART ABOUT RAP RADAR IS THE COMMENTSSSS