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Jay-Z released his new album, 4:44, on June 30, and fans of he and Beyoncé's are already busy at work dissecting the lyrics. Of course, the question on everyone's mind was whether or not Jay-Z would address the infidelity rumors on his album, like his wife did last year. The answer is a hard yes.
Apparently, Jay-Z has found inspiration for his new music from the trials and tribulations of marriage after adultery. The 47-year-old rapper professes his remorse in many lines throughout the work. For example, on the title track, Jay-Z raps,
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
The honest lyrics seem to be an amends for Jay-Z's past adultery. In many ways, the song is a direct response to his wife's most recent music. In April of 2016, Beyoncé released her Grammy Award-winning Lemonade, a visual album with a narrative of infidelity, betrayal, confidence, and forgiveness. The storyline apparently retraced the superstar singer's account of her husband's past cheating.
On Jay-Z's "4:44" track, the rapper also shares a heart-wrenching account of how Beyoncé took the news of his cheating. It's a moment of devastation when he raps,
'You did what with who?' / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / 'You risked that for Blue?'
Hearts everywhere will break with that line. But if you think that verse is sad, Jay-Z also raps about his guilty feelings toward the couple's miscarriages. Apparently, he feels like Beyoncé originally couldn't get pregnant because his heart and mind were in different places whenever they tried to conceive. He raps,
I still mourn this death; I apologize for all the stillborns / 'Cause I wasn't present, your body wouldn't accept it.
Then on the track "Kill Jay-Z," the entrepreneur and rapper talked about the infamous elevator incident between himself and his Grammy Award-winning sister-in-law, Solange. In the song, Jay-Z suggests he was the one who started the blowout fight. He raps,
You egged Solange on knowin' all along / All you had to say, you was wrong / You almost went Eric Benét / Let the baddest girl in the world get away
In the line, Jay-Z referenced Eric Benét, who was married to Halle Berry until she separated from him in 2003 and then in 2005 divorced him for cheating on her.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are notoriously private in their personal life. However, they seem to put it all out on the line when they are in creative mode. Here's hoping the album releases have given the Carters a catharsis.