It’s been 4 years since JAY-Z has released an album. Since dropping Magna Carta Hov was relatively quiet, but in 2016 popped up with features on DJ Khaled’s “I Got The Keys” and Pusha T’s “Drug Dealers Anonymous.” That combined with rumors that Jay was working on a response to Beyonce’s Lemonade had fans speculating when a JAY-Z album would be coming.
After months without any news, mysterious signs that said “4:44” began to pop up around New York City and some websites with no other information given. Eventually, it was revealed that the ad was owned by Tidal, then came the announcement that Jay would be headlining the Made In America festival along with some others. The rumors then started to circulate that a JAY-Z album was on the way. The album was officially confirmed during Game 3 on the NBA Finals in a black and white video with actor Mahershala Ali and revealed the June 30th release date.
Well, after 4 long years the time has arrived, JAY-Z officially drops his 13th studio album 4:44. The project comes in at 10 tracks and features guest appearances from Frank Ocean, Damian Marley and his mother Gloria Carter as well as uncredited vocals from The-Dream, Beyonce, and his daughter Blue. The production is handled entirely by NO I.D. Along with the album Jay also drops the visuals for “The Story of O.J.”
Listen to the album below via Tidal and let us know what you think. I hope you have a Tidal subscription because you know Jay wasn’t dropping it anywhere else.