On the title of track of his fourteenth studio album, JAY-Z talks about his almost 15-year relationship with wife and mother to his children, Beyoncé. "4:44" sees Sean Carter shedding light on the mysterious miscarriages hinted at in previous songs.
“So I apologize / I’ve seen the innocence / Leave your eyes / I still mourn this death / I apologize for all the stillborns / ‘Cus I wasn’t pressing / Your body wouldn’t accept it,” says the Roc-a-Fella mogul.
After Blue Ivy's birth in 2012, JAY-Z's "Glory" is the first song to mention a miscarriage by the power couple. The following year, Beyoncé mentioned it in her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, before Blue's birth.
“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 / I don’t deserve you,” confesses the Brooklyn rapper.
It has been reported (and confirmed by father-in-law Matthew Knowles) that JAY-Z and Beyoncé welcomed twins weeks ago, however the names and sexes of their two youngest has yet to be announced.
“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 / ‘You did what with who?’ / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / ‘You risked that for Blue?’"
Many fans have interpreted JAY-Z's newest album to be a response to anecdotes and relationship experiences outlined in Beyonce's Lemonade.
Fans can hear 4:44 from top to bottom in its entirety all day -- the way JAY-Z wants his fans to experience this new album -- on radio stations across the country, and on iHeartRadio's The Beat. Listen to the title track on TIDAL, here.