JAY-Z’s Song, ‘4:44,’ is a Public Apology to Beyoncé
Back off Becky
JAY-Z’s new album 4:44, streaming exclusively on Tidal, serves fans 10-tracks of brutally honest, deeply personal introspection. But there’s one song in particular that Hov wants us to pay attention to.
“4:44 is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album,” Jay Z told iHeartRadio. “And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song. So it became the title of the album and everything. It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”
In the explosive title track, JAY-Z explicity addresses his emotional shortcomings in his marriage to Queen Bey.
“I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes,” JAY-Z candidly admits in the song’s first verse. “Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song.”
On an unrelated but very important side note: Can you believe Bey and Jay’s twins are being named dropped in hit songs, and we still don’t know their names yet???
It’s not the only reference the rapper makes his children with Beyoncé. Later in the lyrics, the rapper blames his absence in the relationship for the couple’s multiple miscarriages.
“I apologize for all the stillborns / Cause I wasn’t present, your body wouldn’t accept it.”
Beyoncé and JAY-Z keep a notoriously private home life, so it’s shocking (and refreshing) to see them both be so transparent—even if it’s just in song.
“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,” JAY-Z says in the song’s closing verse. “‘You did what with who?’ / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / ‘You risked that for Blue?'”
Cue the endless stream of A+ Twitter reactions.
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 and Beyonce could be at world war and we wouldnt know until they release a track about it a year later. Real G's move in silence
— Hitanshu (@HitanshuPandit) June 30, 2017
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
Jay-Z raps about cheating on Beyoncé and miscarriages and being an overall scumbag. I GUESS THIS IS GROWING UP
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) June 30, 2017
"He trying to roll me up, I ain't picking up" – Bey ('Sorry')
"Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone" – Jay ('4:44') pic.twitter.com/VQPo05R9GT
— Rob Devon (@IamRobDevon) June 30, 2017