Bey's iconic sixth album was full of what many considered to be hints about infidelity within her marriage. (Who could forget the Becky witch hunts of spring 2016?) Fans wasted no time in theorizing that Jay had done Beyonce dirty during their relationship, but both parties were tight-lipped about the subject until now.
Jay dropped his new album, 4.44, via Tidal today, and The New York Post reports that the album is rife with messages to his wife.
For example, on the track "Family Feud," Jay raps, "Yeah I'll f*ck up a good thing if you let me. Let me alone Becky."
We already know that Becky is the name that fans assume was Beyonce's way of referencing Jay's side chick(s), and in "Family Feud," he seems to confirm as much. He hints at the possibility of infidelity more on "Kill Jay Z," when he raps, "You almost went Eric Benét. Let the baddest girl in the world get away."
Benét is one of Halle Berry's ex husbands, who got a ton of flack for allegedly cheating on Halle and ruining their relationship. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what Jay is getting at here: cheating on Beyonce would be like, well, cheating on Beyonce. It just doesn't make sense. (To be fair, you shouldn't cheat on anyone because it's a sh*tty thing to do, but you definitely shouldn't do it to Beyonce, ok?)
The album's title track, "4:44," has some of the most revealing lyrics of all though, with Jay getting candid about his past and the shame he feels about it all.
"I apologize, often womanize. Took for my child to be born to see through a woman's eyes," he raps, obviously referring to his daughter Blue Ivy, and adding later, "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 goes into detail about his bad behavior early in their relationship when he raps, "Said 'Don't embarrass me,' instead of 'Be mine.' That was my proposal for us to go steady. That was your 21st birthday, you mature faster than me. I wasn't ready, so I apologize."
"I've seen the innocence leave your eyes," he continues, then references a past miscarriage in the next line, rapping, "I still mourn this death, I apologize for all the stillborns. 'Cause I wasn't present, your body wouldn't accept it."
Clearly, this song — this entire album — is extremely personal for Jay Z and Beyonce. Now all we need is for him to take a page out of his wife's book and release a visual album to go along with it.
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