It’s been four years since Jay Z released a studio album. In the wee hours of this morning, the rapper/mogul ended his musical dry spell with the release of his highly anticipated album 4:44. Now, we know the only time The Carters address highly personal or opinionated thoughts is on wax. So of course, there was a lot to unload here.
Let’s start with what everyone was waiting for: his response to Lemonade. Hov was refreshingly honest in speaking about his marital transgressions brought to the surface on his wife Beyoncé’s last project – and yes, Becky was addressed.
Jay Z said It took Blue being born for him to realize the value of his marriage… no wonder Beyoncé made lemonade. She was going THROUGH IT pic.twitter.com/NXqIF8GT16
— Alluring Ivy (@Drebae_) June 30, 2017
Bumping Jay-Z's album even tho he basically confirms he cheated on Bey. #444 pic.twitter.com/GutbfSlg7n
— (@The__Prototype) June 30, 2017
Solange: beats Jay Z in an elevator for cheating
Beyoncé: says Jay cheated on Lemonade
Jay: "I cheated"
— struggles & sass (@20SomethingSass) June 30, 2017
Jay Z really did cheat on Beyoncé. Lemonade wasn't a lie, BEYONCÉ WAS GOING THROUGH IT ALL. pic.twitter.com/oxMJYFPr8H
— ㅤ (@SindidAlam) June 30, 2017
I feel honored to be apart of an era where Beyonce and Jay-Z can drop albums about their lives, and teach life lessons in the process. #444
— Henny KaPOWski (@thatnoxiousCALI) June 30, 2017
Another hot take from Jay Z that had the internet shook was him taking shots at the state of hip hop. The Brooklyn rapper delivered a witty pun at the expense of Future. Damn, that’s gotta sting.
— thoko (@Patienclaire) June 30, 2017
— Camille McIntyre (@shewaveent) June 30, 2017
Jay z gave Future slight tackle and Percocet twitter didn't even cry. God is good.
— ego oyinbo (@duchesskk) June 30, 2017
We also found out that Jay Z thinks most of these “new rappers” sound the same. Can’t say we’re surprised, though.
“Ya on the gram holding money to your ear, there’s a disconnect we don’t call that money over here.”
I can't believe I was about to give mumble rappers a chance. Jay Z saved my life
— McKeni Franklin (@xoMcKeni) June 30, 2017
Jay z: 4:44
Mumble rappers are like: pic.twitter.com/8BRvydTYzR
— -Still Nigga- 4:44 (@dopepetals) June 30, 2017
how I look at mumble rappers after listening to 4:44 by Jay Z pic.twitter.com/yGmvLRUSCo
— مصطفى (@hennihana1) June 30, 2017
And last but certainly not least, Jay Z gave Kanye West a dragging that some fans on social media feel is long overdue. The former collaborators and friends have had a shaky relationship ever since Jay and Bey famously skipped out on Kimye’s wedding. Kanye went off the rails at last year’s Saint Pablo tour, calling out Jay Z for allegedly not returning his calls and never introducing their daughters for play dates. We all know Hov doesn’t take kindly to having his business aired out. In a new track called “Insane,” Jay had to devote a few lines aimed at “señor Pablo.”
“You walking around like you invincible/You dropped out of school, you lost your principles/I know people backstabbed you, I felt bad too.”
Hearing Jay Z talk about Kanye West hurt me as if I was Kanye. This album deep
— Cide Season (@ArttLIfted) June 30, 2017
Kanye: I hit the gym all chest, no legs – 30 Hours
Jay Z: N**** is skipping leg days just to run they mouth – Bam
Hov the greatest
— Ayesha Go. (@itsa__go) June 30, 2017
Whew! Jay Z did not come to play with ya’ll!
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