Jay-Z addresses rumours that he cheated on his wife, Beyoncé, on his 13th solo album, 4:44.
In 2016, Beyoncé released the critically acclaimed album, Lemonade, which suggested that her husband cheated during their relationship with some woman named Becky “with the good hair.”
Jay-Z has now publicly apologized to Beyoncé for his past infidelities in his brutally honest 4:44 title track off the album which was released June 30.
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“I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes,” Jay-Z raps in the song’s first verse. “Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song.”
“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 raps in the 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?'”
Also on the track, Jay-Z apologizes for marrying Beyoncé before he was ready to commit. He claims he was robbing her of her “innocence” and not being there during crucial moments of their relationship.
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“I apologize for all the stillborns / Cause I wasn’t present, your body wouldn’t accept it,” Jay-Z raps in one of the lyrics.
“I never wanted another woman to know / Something about me that you didn’t know,” he raps. “I promised, I cried, I couldn’t hold / I suck at love, I think I need a do-over / I will be emotionally available if I invited you over / I stew over what if you over my sh*t?”
Jay-Z uses the word “apologize” seven times throughout the track.
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Speaking with iHeartRadio, Jay-Z explained the origins of 4:44‘s title track.
“I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 a.m., to write this song,” he said. “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.”
Many Jay-Z fans took to Twitter to praise the rapper for admitting that “infidelity isn’t cool.”
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Other fans of the rapper took to Twitter to compare it to his wife’s most recent album, Lemonade.
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Fans are deciphering every lyric on 4:44 and there has been one bar that’s been circulating online and causing controversy.
The album is only available on the Tidal streaming service and many people online began to latch to the news of an alleged lyric “My wife a queen not a Kardashian.”
Complex has declared this bar as, “the fake news rap of 2017.”
It is unclear who shared it first, but once it got out there many people on Twitter began to react.
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Others fans were attempting to prevent this lie from spreading any further.
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Jay-Z’s new album comes weeks after mysterious 4:44 subway posters and banner ads started appearing without explanation. It was later revealed that 4:44 was an upcoming, Tidal-only film starring Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o and Danny Glover.
Jay-Z’s mom Gloria Carter, his daughter Blue Ivy Carter, his wife Beyoncé, singer Frank Ocean, reggae superstar Damian Marley and singer The-Dream are all featured on the newly-released album.