It’s Hovito season, thanks to the new 4:44 album.
JAY-Z’s 13th studio LP is full of the Hip Hop legend’s thoughts on various subjects (see his song breakdowns here), but he also addressed some individual people.
There has been speculation for over a year that JAY would use his next body of work as a response to his wife Beyoncé’s critically acclaimed album Lemonade.
Jay even offers what is essentially a 4-minute, 44-second apology to Beyoncé on the title track.
On “Kill Jay Z”:
You egged Solange on
Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong
You almost went Eric Benét
Let the baddest girl in the world get away
I don’t even know what else to say
N-gga, never go Eric Benét
Look, I apologize, often womanize
Took for my child to be born
See through a woman’s eyes
Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles
Took me too long for this song…
Like the men before me, I cut off my nose to spite my face
I never wanted another woman to know
Something about me that you didn’t know
I promised I cried I couldn’t hold
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 sh-t?…
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?”
On “Family Feud”:
Yeah, I’ll f-ck up a good thing if you let me
Let me alone, Becky
A man that don’t take care his family can’t be rich
I watched Godfather, I miss that whole sh-t
Hov also had bars for his “little brother” Kanye West.