Hova's highly-anticipated 4.44 just dropped exclusively on the hip-hop mogul's streaming service, Tidal. Many of the album's lyrics give credence to longstanding rumors of JAY-Z's womanizing ways that were put on blast by his wife's chart-topping tracks, "Sorry" and "Lemonade."
Some of the frankest admissions of guilt come on the new album's title track, "4.44." The New York Post provides a detailed break-down:
“And if my children knew, I don’t even know what I would do/If they ain’t look at me the same, I would probably die with all the shame.” (“4.44”)
With the recent addition of twins to the Carter family, Hova already knows he has some tough questions to answer in the future.
“I apologize, often womanize/Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes.” (“4.44”)
Jay told iHeartMedia that the title track is the crux of the album, and described it as “one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”
It’s certainly the most honest, and in this line, he admits to his philandering ways, before adding that it was the birth of Blue Ivy Carter in 2012 that finally made him change his life.
“Said ‘don’t embarrass me’ instead of ‘be mine’/That was my proposal for us to go steady/That was your 21st birthday.” (“4.44”)
It seems as though Jay led with his ego rather than his heart when he and his future wife first became exclusive. Despite their 12-year age difference, Beyoncé has evidently always been the more mature half of the relationship.
JAY-Z tackles his cheating ways on other tracks as well. In "Kill Jay Z," he name drops scrub R&B singer Eric Benét and references how the dude stepped out on peak-era Halle Berry and managed to blow up their relationship.
“You almost went Eric Benét/Let the baddest girl in the world get away.” (“Kill Jay Z”)
Hova accepts ridicule in the opening track of “4.44” by referencing Eric Benét. The R&B crooner was once married to Halle Berry until Benet’s alleged infidelity led to their separation. He’s avoided Benét-level infamy, but only just.
“Yeah I’ll fuck up a good thing if you let me/Let me alone Becky.” (“Family Feud”)
The infamous “Becky” from Beyonce's “Lemonade” track “Sorry” (who is frequently assumed to be an amalgam of Jay’s possible side pieces) is again given a namecheck.
While Jay may be crazy for cheating on one of the hottest and most successful pop stars on the planet, at least he's finally being honest.