Jay-Z's latest album 4:44 hints at Moonlight, La La Land Oscar gaffe and personal life
Popular American rapper Jay-Z launched his latest album 4:44 on 29 June and the album has more than enough reasons to get the listeners hooked onto it.
The album has songs that throws light into the rapper's personal life - wife Beyoncé, children, newly-born twins and also his affairs with a bevy of different women. He has also included things that bother him and his concerns about the future.
In one of the songs (the eighth track on the album), 'Moonlight', Jay-Z hints at the Best Picture Award goof-up that happened during this year's Academy Awards with La La Land being declared the winner, only to be realised a moment later that it was actually Moonlight that bagged the award.
The song goes like: "We stuck in La La Land/ Even when we win, we gon’ lose/ We got the same fuckin’ flows/ I don’t know who is who."
Jay-Z spoke to iHeartRadio after his album was out, and said that it [song Moonlight] is "a subtle nod to La La Land winning the Oscar, and then having to give it to Moonlight. It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going."
The 'Kill Jay Z' song also has many subliminal meanings as well. A self disapproval of sorts, the lyrics go, “You can’t heal what you never reveal,” he raps. “You know you owe the truth/To all the youth that fell in love with Jay-Z.” The song hints that he, indeed, did stab executive Lance Rivera back in 1999, according to The Independent.
The rapper has also spoken about his mother's homosexuality in this album. The song 'Smile' has these lines: "Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take/Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her," reports NME. He also admits he tried therapy in the same song.
It was in 2016 when Beyoncé launched her album Lemonade, which spilled the beans about Jay-Z's infidelity, in the song 'Becky with the good hair', which spread like a wildfire in the US and the world alike.
In this album, 4:44, the rapper has sought redemption by dedicating a song to this dark side of his life. The middle track, named '4:44', he says, "Look, I apologize/ Often womanize/ Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes/ Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles," reports Vanity Fair.