When life gives you lemons, drop an entire album about it
Words by Raisa Bruner
From the editors of Time
Jay-Z’s long-awaited thirteenth album 4:44 dropped on Friday, and already the internet is going wild dissecting the ten tracks.
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. On the album’s title track 4:44, he even explicitly says, ‘I apologize.’
The rapper himself shared an explanation for each of the songs, but fans were quick to parse even further meaning from his rhymes: seizing on an apparent response to new mother of twins’ Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album Lemonade, which tells a story of infidelity and redemption. Fans wondered how Jay-Z would address the rumors that the crazy in love were less than picture-perfect.
According to the internet, 4:44 comes through and then some, with Jay-Z addressing his wife’s narrative directly. And fans are, predictably, overwhelmed. Some people have called out direct parallels between lines in Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Jay-Z’s 4:44, while others are just freaking out about the apparent public response.
For now, casual observers will have to trust the Twitterverse’s take: only Sprint and Tidal subscribers have access to the album at this time.
The music mogul’s industry friends and colleagues — like DJ Khaled and Kevin Hart — also gave him some support on social media.