Back on June 30th, Jay doesn’t waste any time in airing his grievances, referencing his infamous scuffle with Solange only minutes into the album’s first track Kill Jay Z, talking to himself about how he lost control that night and unexpectedly name-dropping ’90s R&B singer Eric Benét.
And Jigga talked about about his infidelity 4:44 song Family Feud.
“I’ll (expletive) up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky! / A man who don’t take care of his family can’t be rich / I watched Godfather, I missed that whole (expletive),” he raps, referencing to the mystery “Becky with the good hair” from Sorry, which many fans interpreted as an allusion to Jay’s infidelity.
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Jay-Z has released “Footnotes for 4:44” days after he shared the video for his new album’s title track.
Jay-Z about the emotional toll the near-dissolution of his marriage to Beyoncé took on them both and what led to their breaking point, without getting into specifics.
“This is my real life. I just ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100 percent truth and it starts cracking. Things start happening that the public can see,” he says. “Then we had to get to a point of ‘Okay, tear this down and let’s start from the beginning … It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
He alludes to the fact that fighting for his marriage was more difficult to overcome than growing up in Marcy Projects and being shot at, and recalls a moment on vacation with Beyoncé where he begged her not to go. “What is happening to my body right now? Did I just say … ‘Don’t leave’? All this is new for me,” he says. In a later clip filmed in his studio surrounded by his friends and team, Jay-Z also reveals that he played “4:44” for Beyoncé early on: “We just got to a place where in order for this to work, this can’t be fake. Not one ounce. I’m not saying it wasn’t uncomfortable because obviously it was.”