It’s easy to forget that Jay Z still raps. Dominating headlines for his incredible business acumen, it has been some years since Hov blessed fans with a full body of work.
We have to go back to 2012 when he released ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ but now he has returned with a new album 4:44. The world has changed a lot in this time for Hov, wife Beyonce recently delivered twins, their marriage was hit with cheating allegations and a fall out with long term friend Kanye West means that this body of work was heavily anticipated.
Executively produced by No I.D this album is a work of art. Accompanied by powerful visuals, the 47-year-old Hip Hop mogul gives fans an insight into the infidelity exposed on wife Beyonce’s Lemonade album. Not only does Hov apologise and reference the infamous fight in the elevator with Solange, he proves that the billionaire couple are a staple for the culture.
The main theme of Jay Z’s 13th album is introspection. On the first track titled ‘Kill Jay Z’ he addresses three incidences in his life that made headlines. The first being when he shot his older brother in the shoulder aged 12, the second, stabbing Lance Rivera in a nightclub in 1999 and the third being his infidelity. On other tracks, he addresses Kanye West, who on stage claimed Jay didn’t come to visit him after Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris.
The album definitely is one of the most political releases of the year, providing wide ranging social commentary and particularly addressing race relations in America. On ‘Story Of O.J. he masterfully breaks down how the American system works, feeding off racial prejudice and turning the black community against each other. The trend of the visual album is something to be appreciated with a special appearance from ’12 Years A Slave’ actress Lupita Nyong’o.
As we’ve come to expect, the new album is available exclusively on Hov’s platform Tidal – he sure knows how to make money.
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