As if Jay-Z‘s confessional 4:44 wasn’t enough, the rapper has newly released an addendum to his raw and revealing album, a short documentary film titled “Footnotes for 4:44.”
The 11-minute video includes interviews with some of Hollywood and the music industry’s most famous men of color – from Kendrick Lamar to Will Smith and Spike Lee – opening up about topics ranging from toxic masculinity to black love.
In his own part, Jay-Z compared fighting for his relationship with Beyonce to growing up in the Marcy Projects and being shot at, noting that rebuilding their relationship was scarier, and more challenging, than growing up in a dangerous neighborhood.
In the “Footnotes,” Jay-Z also reflects on the moment when he finally woke up to the reality that he could lose the mother of his child because of his actions.
He addressed the situation head-on in one of his tracks which contained the lyrics, “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.”
On rebuilding his relationship with his wife, he said “We just got to a place where in order for this to work, this can’t be fake, not one ounce. I’m not saying it wasn’t uncomfortable because obviously it was.”
It’s good to hear Jay is taking responsibility for his actions in the name of keeping his family together with the woman he loves.