Jay-Z has now publicly apologized to Beyoncé for his past infidelities in his brutally honest 4:44 title track off the album which was released June 30.
“I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes,” Jay-Z raps in the song’s first verse. “Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song.”
“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,” Jay-Z raps in the song’s closing verse. “‘You did what with who?’ / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / ‘You risked that for Blue?'”
Also on the track, Jay-Z apologizes for marrying Beyoncé before he was ready to commit. He claims he was robbing her of her “innocence” and not being there during crucial moments of their relationship.
“I apologize for all the stillborns / Cause I wasn’t present, your body wouldn’t accept it,” Jay-Z raps in one of the lyrics.
“I never wanted another woman to know / Something about me that you didn’t know,” he raps. “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?”
Jay-Z uses the word “apologize” seven times throughout the track.
Speaking with iHeartRadio, Jay-Z explained the origins of 4:44‘s title track.
“I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 a.m., to write this song,” he said. “So it became the title of the album and everything. It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”
Many Jay-Z fans took to Twitter to praise the rapper for admitting that “infidelity isn’t cool.”
— Vee (@ThelifeofMoore) June 30, 2017
JAY-Z better APOLOGIZE to his queen #444 pic.twitter.com/mT2ZDDOFyV
— Beyoncé's Understudy (@hawk_eyed) June 30, 2017
Me bopping to 4:44 until Jay admitted to cheating on Bey https://t.co/GeeeOkeeFN
— timo (@beybeytweets) June 30, 2017
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) June 30, 2017
me listening to Jay-Z apologize to Beyonce and own up to his faults on 4:44 pic.twitter.com/lw75YaRrkE
— RAJE Music (@rajemusicblog) June 30, 2017
Other fans of the rapper took to Twitter to compare it to his wife’s most recent album, Lemonade.
Well chile, if you thought Lemonade spilled some tea, 4:44 broke the teapot.
— Virgin Priestess (@Chillselda) June 30, 2017
— Jay Cam😅 (@yaboy_neutron) June 30, 2017
Listening to Jay-Z 4:44 makes me understand Beyonce lemonade album especially Don't hurt yourself pic.twitter.com/OgoEI5CaH4
— Beyonce (@Junior07186712) June 30, 2017
4:44 is literally the male version of Lemonade. #JayZ444
— Michael Cammon (@michaeldcammon) June 30, 2017
— Jay Cam😅 (@yaboy_neutron) June 30, 2017
— Vanessa T (@Vaness17k) June 30, 2017
— Rodney (@DJTriumph) June 29, 2017
Fans are deciphering every lyric on 4:44 and there has been one bar that’s been circulating online and causing controversy.
The album is only available on the Tidal streaming service and many people online began to latch to the news of an alleged lyric “My wife a queen not a Kardashian.”
Complex has declared this bar as, “the fake news rap of 2017.”
It is unclear who shared it first, but once it got out there many people on Twitter began to react.
When Kim and Kanye arrived at the 4:44 listening party and heard "My wife's a queen not a Kardashian." pic.twitter.com/cEcxmGnI6l
— Home Theatres (@ChromeTunes) June 30, 2017
When I heard Jay Z say "And I never was a fan, my wife a Queen, not a Kardashian." pic.twitter.com/hkOegnlqRn
— Lé Sweets🌸 (@Queenziah) June 30, 2017
Others fans were attempting to prevent this lie from spreading any further.
Y'all making up a fake diss about Kim kardashian in jay-z 4:44 song just proves how relevant and powerful she is. 😭
— what u need 2 hear (@Waitedandebated) June 30, 2017
Nobody can tell you what track Jayz said "my wife a queen not a kardashian" because he didn't say it lol
— ladytanjam (@Ladytanjam) June 30, 2017
Twitter is a bunch of followers. One person tweeted "my wife a queen, not a kardashian" now look how many ppl tweeting that FAKE line😒
— Annoy (@imatroll2015) June 30, 2017
Guys. That line about Jay Z saying his wife is queen not a Kardashian is fake. Don't believe the fake news! #JayZ444
— Arianna Davis (@ariannagdavis) June 30, 2017
Jay-Z’s new album comes weeks after mysterious 4:44 subway posters and banner ads started appearing without explanation. It was later revealed that 4:44 was an upcoming, Tidal-only film starring Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o and Danny Glover.
Okay fine can someone please explain these ads all over Jay St Metrotech pic.twitter.com/EMs0aDpU4W
— Seth Rosenthal (@seth_rosenthal) June 6, 2017