Jay-Z appears to have finally responded to what was widely perceived as his infidelity in his marriage to Beyoncé on his new album 4:44, which dropped early this morning. On the album’s title track “4:44,” he even explicitly says “I apologize.”
Released at midnight exclusively on TIDAL just two weeks after the pair welcomed twins, the Brooklyn rapper also uses “4:44” to address past infidelities and fallacies indirectly heard on Bey’s Lemonade rapping:
“Look, I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born / See through a woman’s eyes / Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song / I don’t deserve you, I harass you out in Paris / Please come back to Rome, you make it home / We talked for hours when you were on tour / Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone / Said: “Don’t embarrass me,” instead of “Be mine” / That was my proposal for us to go steady / That was your 21st birthday, you mature faster than me / I wasn’t ready, so I apologize / I’ve seen the innocence leave your eyes / I still mourn this death, I apologize for all the stillborns.”
(The pop star has been vocal about a miscarriage.) He continues:
“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 prolly die with all the shame / You did what with who? What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate, you risked that for Blue?” he says.
In an interview with iHeartRadio, Jay-Z said of the title track, “‘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.”
The release marks the “semi-retired” rapper’s return to form nearly four years after the mogul dropped Magna Carta Holy Grail.
You can stream 4:44 at TIDAL.