Hip-hop heads stayed up all night in anticipation of JAY-Z's latest album. What more could one of the greatest rappers of all time have to say after such an illustrious career? Turns out — a lot. From discussing the current state of rap to personal family issues, the rapper bares it all. But is JAY-Z's "4:44" song about Beyoncé, or possibly even a response to her album Lemonade?
Carter admitted to iHeartRadio, "I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song."
He raps: "Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone/ Said: 'Don't embarrass me,' instead of 'Be mine.'"
Yet on "Sorry," a seemingly unbothered Beyoncé sings, "He trying to roll me up, I ain't picking up/ Headed to the club, I ain't thinking 'bout you."
The adored rapper known for his clever lyricism and endless swagger turns over a new leaf in "4:44" essentially pleading with the mother of his children to come back to him. Rumors of infidelity plagued the couple before Beyoncé sang about "Becky with the good hair" on her hit track "Sorry," and it seems like this song could be JAY-Z's response to them. He told iHeartRadio "4:44" was so impactful to him that it had to the name of the album: "It's the title track because it's such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I've ever written."
JAY-Z continues his heartfelt plea on his track, "Family Feud," where he directly references the infamous "Becky." The unknown woman who allegedly came between the power couple and almost tore them apart.
"Yeah, I'll f*ck up a good thing if you let me/ Let me alone, Becky/ A man that don't take care of his family can't be rich/ I'll watch Godfather, I miss that whole sh*t."
Thankfully, not only did true love prevail but Beyoncé and JAY-Z's relationship also provided fans with two great albums. 4:44 the album gives listeners a peek into how much JAY-Z has evolved as a man, an artist, a father, and a husband. Instead of letting the rumor mill continue to churn, Carter silences his haters and holds himself accountable.