On New Album 4:44, Jay-Z Addresses Cheating and his Mother’s Sexuality

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On Jay-Z’s new album, “4:44” makes personal revelations about cheating and his mother’s sexuality

Jay-Z dropped his 13th album, 4:44, at midnight on TIDAL (in partnership with Sprint) with 10 brand new recordings.

After footage emerged of Beyoncé’s musician sister Solange Knowles attacking Jay-Z in a lift – interpreted by many to be over an infidelity – Beyoncé sang: “Of course sometimes shit goes down when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator.”

Hov opens his title track on new Album 4:44, apologizing to Beyonce, and says it took the birth of their daughter, Blue Ivy, to change his womanizing ways. Jay-Z raps: “I’ll fuck up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone Becky! / A man who don’t take care of his family can’t be rich.”

Jay-Z also says he would “probably die with all the shame” if he had let the episode break up his relationship with his daughter Blue Ivy Carter: “What good is a menage a trois when you have a soulmate / You risked that for Blue?”

On another one of the tracks, “Smile,” features Stevie Wonder’s vocals and ends with a spoken word performance by Jay-Z’s mom, Gloria Carter:

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“Living in the shadow / Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? / In the shadows people see you as happy and free / Because that’s what you want them to see / Living two lives, happy, but not free / You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love / The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free / But you live with the fear of just being me /Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be / No harm for them, no harm for me,” she says. “But life is short, and it’s time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed / Smile.”

Jay-Z raps in one verse:
“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 / I just wanna see you smile through all the hate, Marie Antoinette, baby, let ’em eat cake.”

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis praised Gloria for sharing her story. “Lesbian women are all too often erased or excluded from narratives surrounding LGBTQ people,” she told E! News in a statement Friday. “By sharing her truth with the world, Gloria Carter is increasing visibility of lesbian women of color at a critical time and sending a powerful message of empowerment to the entire LGBTQ community that is perfectly timed with the end of Pride Month.”

Source: eonline.com, theguardian.com, tmz.com