If you’re an exclusive member of Tidal or got service through Sprint, you had the chance to get the new Jay-Z album. A few weeks ago, we started seeing Tidal promoting a project entitled 4:44. Some thought it could be a movie or a Tidal exclusive, but many was hoping for an album from Jay. The response from the album has been nothing, but positive, but I like to listen to albums a few times before judging it. I’ve never claimed to be the biggest Jay-Z fan in the world, but I respect his work. We all know his story and now this dude is damn near a billionaire, which is something that should motivate anyone. We last heard a Jay-Z album back in 2013, which was the Magna Carta Holy Grail. At 47, can Jay-Z still be one of the best spitters in the game and further his legacy?
1. Kill Jay-Z– This track started off the album as this is the track that appeared on the promos talking about Kill Jay-Z. On this track, Jay seems like he just talking about different things that happened in his life. He talked about the Solange incident, saying he didn’t want to go Eric Benet and maybe little jabs at Kanye. Pretty smooth track to start the album out with and one that I’m feeling. Rating: 4/5
2. Story of O.J.– This is the track that many people have been talking about since the album dropped. On this track, Jay spit some serious game on this track as I played the song back a few times before moving on. He talked about financial freedom, making investments to leave for his children and he’s trying to give you a million dollars’ worth of game for 9.99. Hell, he even addressed all these dudes holding money to their ears, which is lame. I love this track and the animated video also. Rating: 5/5
3. Smile ft. Gloria Carter– Once again, Jay-Z spitting some real shit about more issues in America. He talked about the Black Market, the trap and many other things that affects our black community. To finish off the track, he got his moms talking about being free. Rating: 3.75/5
4. Caught Their Eyes ft. Frank Ocean– Frank Ocean returns to spitting the chorus on another Jay-Z track. Honestly, this track wasn’t anything special, but it’s not bad either. Rating: 3.5/5
5. 4:44– The title track of the album is the track that is a response to Beyoncé’s Lemonade. He apologizes for everything he’s done from cheating on all the women because he was emotionless. He goes from rapping to talk on this track. He admitted to all the cheating on Beyoncé, but all-in-all this was a crazy track. Rating: 4.25/5
6. Family Feud ft. Beyoncé– This is another gem from Jay as he spits more real shit on this track. A man that can’t take care of his family ain’t shit was as real as it gets. He takes jabs at Al Sharpton, Bill Cosby, old heads and the new generation all on this track. Rating: 4.5/5
7. Bam ft. Damian Marley– I’m not feeling this track, maybe it’ll grow on me later. Rating: 2.5/5
8. Moonlight– I love this track, but my only complaint was it was too short. Either way, dope track and I played back a couple of times because I was like………. it’s over. Rating: 3.75/5
9. Marcy Me– Jay started this track by reciting a Biggie line from Unbelievable from his Ready to Die album. He basically talked about being from Marcy Projects while shouting out people like Biggie, Big Daddy Kane and others. Great track!!! Rating: 4/5
10- Legacy- The track speaks for itself as he talked about leaving all his companies to different family members. He spoke real shit about family investments to leave well past you’re gone. Another laid back track and wonderful way to finish the album. Rating: 3.75/5
Overall Album Rating: 7.75/10
Did you check out the 4:44 album from Jay-Z? What did you think about it? What was your favorite track off the album? If you haven’t listened to the album, check out above and then leave me a comment in the section below.