It,s actually not up to one week since Jay Z dropped his new album, 4.44 and it has already been certified platinum.
The album appeared to have references made to Beyonce, Kanye West as well as Eric Benét
The 4.44 album is Hov’s 13th studio album and he received his 13th platinum plaque on Wednesday from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
According to XXLMag, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, Cary Sherman said in a statement, “Props to Jay, he’s done it again. Another platinum adds to an already iconic career”.
Theres no hip hop artist that has had more than 10 platinum albums hence making Jay-Z the first hip-hop artist to kick this position.
4.44 was released exclusively to Tidal and Sprint subscribers and therefore was not available for physical sales. Jay-Z was able to achieve the 1 million sales requirement for platinum by getting subscribers to stream the 10 tracks in the album.
The album would be provided on iTunes and Apple Music this week.
Twitter Reactions on 4:44 Album
The early reactions were positive, with many praising the soulful relationship of No I.D.’s production and Jay’s grown man wisdom. It’s a welcome return to form for Jay Z, and lots of fans were quick to little out what they thought about the album at first. So What do ya’ll think about 4:44? Here are some reactions on Twitter
About The 4:44 Album
What’s the main takeaway from the album?
Hov’s Productions all grown up. The title track of 4:44 is being viewed as an apology to Beyonce, as he appears to admit the infidelity Beyonce seemed to condemn in her album Lemonade, and lament his absence during crucial moments of their relationship. In an interview with iHeartRadio, Jay-Z described the song as “the crux” of the album, and says it was written at 4:44 am.
“Look, I apologize/ often womanize/ took for my child to be born/ see through a woman’s eyes,” he raps, adding later: “I suck at love/ I think I need a do-over.”
“I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 a.m., to write this song,” Jay Z, who lately turned out to be the first rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said of the track. “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.”
What does this tell us about Beyonce and Jay-Z’s relationship?
The starting track, Kill Jay Z, sets the tone, clearly addressing the years of tabloid reports and fan-fueled rumors which happen to have made up the Jay Z mythology, including the marriage infidelity that seemed to fuel Lemonade and the infamous elevator incident in which he was attacked by Beyonce’s younger sis, Solange, after the Met Ball:
“You egged Solange on/ Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong/ You almost went Eric Benét/ Let the baddest girl in the world get away.”
That song, Jay Z said in an interview that aired on iHeartMedia, is “about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty.” (Another sample lyric: “You can’t heal what you never reveal.”)
They’ve been through the wringer, nevertheless they persevered. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker’s TV critic, put it well on a tweet:
“I usually root for musicians to divorce & make brilliant post-divorce albums, but it’s crazily impressive to make the albums & STAY married.”
What’s that I heard about Kanye West?
Ah, yes. It’s close to six years since the frequent collabos – and, now, potential frenemies – Jay-Z and Kanye West put out their triumphant work Watch The Throne. During a Sacramento concert last December, West called out Beyonce and Jay-Z, among others, and ended the performance early.
According to Entertainment Weekly. he said in the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards,
“Beyonce – I was hurt … because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over Hotline Bling,” “Sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win.”
He later added,
“I’ve been sent here to give y’all my truth even at the risk of my own life, even at the risk of my own success, my own career. I’ve been sent here to give y’all the truth. Jay Z – call me, bruh. You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, call me, Jay Z – I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man.”
On the 4:44 track, Kill Jay Z, which presumably also refers to the rapper’s stylistic name change, Jay-Z responds.
“I know people backstab you, I felt bad too / But this ‘f- everybody’ attitude ain’t natural,” he raps. “But you ain’t a Saint, this ain’t KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye.”
What about Eric Benét?
West is actually not the only person burned up on Kill Jay Z. While referring to his own infidelities, Jay-Z raps, “You almost went Eric Benét / Let the baddest girl in the world get away / I don’t even know what else to say / N–, never go Eric Benét.”
Benét, a neo-soul singer, was married to celebrity actress Halle Berry for a few years during the early 2000s, but their marriage fell apart after he notably confessed to cheating on Berry and went to rehab for sex obsession.
Benét reacted to the lyric, firing off a tweet. (He is presently married to Manuela Testolini, who had previously been married to Prince during the time of the Berry drama.)
“Hey yo #Jayz! Just so ya know, I got the baddest girl in the world as my wife….like right now!”