Beyoncé approved every single song on Jay-Z’s new album

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  • She's the 'genius' behind it all, apparently

    Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z have had a pretty busy few weeks – they’re yet to make an official announcement, but Adele revealed that the power couple had welcomed their twins and were tied up with the newborns. Speculation has mounted over the names they’ve chosen, but when these monikers were trademarked it sent the Beyhive into a frenzy.

    On top of that, Jay-Z decided to release his hotly-anticipated new album, 4:44, exclusively to his music streaming service Tidal last week. Fans were quick to point out that it seemed to address the cheating allegations in Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, as the rapper and producer raps his apology.

    In one track, Jay-Z says: ‘Look I apologise, often womanise/Took for my child to be born to 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.’

    And although a lot of the subject matter would no doubt be a delicate topic of discussion in the Carter household if the stories in both albums are true, it seems Beyoncé was the one who gave each and every track the green light.

    Jay-Z’s producer, No I.D, spoke to the New York Times about the album, saying: ‘I always call Bey our de facto A&R. Pillow talk is the strongest conversation on the planet.

    ‘Every song has to get past her ears, in my eyes. She came by a lot and played a good part in helping us get over hurdles on certain records. Of course she’s genius-level with that.

    No I.D also went on to say that although Jay-Z didn’t explicitly talk about Lemonade when putting his album together, it did influence the record.

    ‘There’s a difference in talking about it for the sake of response and for the sake of honesty and the truth,’ he said.

    ‘The truth needs to explain why you are the way you are, why you did what you did. We know what happened. We got it.

    ‘But what were the circumstances that led to this and how do you feel about it?’

    4:44 has already been a huge hit with fans – but is it really a response to the cheating allegations, or is it part of a bigger creative plan to bond the couple’s albums?

    Over to you, Bey and Jay…

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