Sometimes it's hard to separate the artist from the art. Jay-Z's new album 4:44 has gotten fans trying to decipher the cryptic meanings behind some of the lyrics. This album may finally answer all of the questions that Beyonce's Lemonade gave us.
When Beyonce came out with Lemonade last year, many fans believed that the visual album contained references to her husband's rumored infidelity. We'll never forget "Becky with the good hair," mostly because we don't know what it means. Now, fans are wondering if 4:44 is a response album to Beyonce's album.
In "4:44," he says, "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 prolly die with all the shame / You did what with who? What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate, you risked that for Blue?" Is this evidence that his marriage was on the rocks?
It also seems like he addresses that infamous 2014 elevator fight with Solange. That is, of course, the unforgettable moment where Solange started kicking him in an elevator which in turn kicked off his infidelity rumors. He says, "You egged Solange on/Knowin' all along, all you had to say you was wrong."
The lyrics to "4:44" break our hearts and resonate with anyone who's gone through heartache and heartbreak."I suck at love, I think I need a do-over / I will be emotionally available if I invited you over / I stew over what if you over my shit?” he says.
The rapper hints that he may have seen the error of his ways and is a better man for it. “I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes," he sings. One can hope!
But it gets worse. On the sixth song on 4:44, Beyonce herself provides extra vocal tracks for a song entitled "Family Feud". The song seems to directly address Beyonce's masterpiece Lemonade, which is all sorts of messed up.
On "Family Feud," Jay-Z sings, "Yeah, I'll fuck up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky." He seems to allude to the "Better call Becky with the good hair" line that Beyonce sings in "Sorry" off of Lemonade. The mysterious "Becky" is possibly a reference to designer Rachel Roy, who Jay-Z had a "friendship" with.