10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In an interview with Rolling Stone, 4:44’s lone producer No ID said that before they began recording, Jay-Z made him aware he’d been wanting to “say some things that he hadn't said.” The album is Hov in rare form, speaking to himself (“Kill Jay-Z”), Black America (throughout), and, most shockingly, his wife Beyonce (“444”), lending credence to the theory that 2016’s Lemonade was based in personal experience. If Jay-Z is incapable of speaking to his peers on the album, it is because he no longer has any. 4:44 is a soulful reaffirmation that the Jiggaman is in a class all his own.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In an interview with Rolling Stone, 4:44’s lone producer No ID said that before they began recording, Jay-Z made him aware he’d been wanting to “say some things that he hadn't said.” The album is Hov in rare form, speaking to himself (“Kill Jay-Z”), Black America (throughout), and, most shockingly, his wife Beyonce (“444”), lending credence to the theory that 2016’s Lemonade was based in personal experience. If Jay-Z is incapable of speaking to his peers on the album, it is because he no longer has any. 4:44 is a soulful reaffirmation that the Jiggaman is in a class all his own.

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