Jay Z has sent Twitter into meltdown with the release of new album, 4:44, which features a track seemingly referencing his alleged infidelity and another pouring scorn on Kanye West.
The rapper dropped his latest 10-track release at the stroke of midnight on the subscription services Sprint and TIDAL, prompting something of a social media frenzy.
It was the album’s title track, 4:44 that generated the most buzz though with lyrics that appear to hint at past indiscretions in his relationship with wife Beyonce.
Rumours have been circulating since the release of Beyonce’s Lemonade last year, with the singer’s visual album depicting the fallout and reconciliation of a relationship blighted by adultery.
While far from confirmed, Jay Z’s lyrics on the new track sees the rapper apologise to his wife, claiming he “toyed with your emotions because I was emotionless.”
From the off, Jay Z appears to use the track as something of a confessional:
“I apologize, often womanize/Took my child to be born/See through a woman’s eyes/Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles.
“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 this shame /’You did what with who?’/What good is a menage-a-trois when you have a soulmate/You risk that for Blue?”
The lyrics, naturally, sent Twitter into a spin:
So this is why she sings this song with so much emotion. Jay Z really cheated and now it all makes sense. pic.twitter.com/JXl72Mhp01
— $ (@ICAMETOSLAYBISH) June 30, 2017
— Bethany (@BethanyinCali) June 30, 2017
*Jay Z admits to cheating on Bey in his song*
The Whole entire Beyhive:?? pic.twitter.com/aRW0QzbDhq
— Napturally_Breezy (@napturally17) June 30, 2017
When everyone is tweeting about the new Jay Z album but you don't have Tidal pic.twitter.com/6EriUNHrAD
— b.b (@Benoo_Brown) June 30, 2017
On another track, featuring vocals from Beyonce, Jay Z is also heard to say “leave m alone, Becky” seemingly in reference to “Becky with the good hair” – a woman referenced on Beyonce’s lemonade and the person fans believe Jay Z may have cheated with.
Kanye West, meanwhile, comes in for criticism on the track Kill Jay Z over his difficult and often erratic behaviour.
Jay Z raps:
“You walking around like you invincible/You dropped out of school, you lost your principles/I know people backstabbed you, I felt 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 think KumbaYe/You gave him 20 million without thinkin’/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.”
The comments come some six years since the pair embarked on the Watch the Throne album and tour collaboration between the pair and offers up the clearest indication yet of an evident rift between these one-time friends.
Jay Z’s 4:44 is available on Tidal and Sprint now.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.