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Jay Z raps about cheating on Beyonce, the birth of his twins in new album, 4:44

Rapper Jay Z let his music do the talking with his new album 4:44 on Friday as he addressed cheating on his wife Beyonce, the birth of his twins and this year’s Oscars best picture.

music Updated: Jun 30, 2017 16:21 IST
Jay-Z presents the Video Vanguard Award to his wife Beyonce as he holds their daughter Blue Ivy during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood.
Jay-Z presents the Video Vanguard Award to his wife Beyonce as he holds their daughter Blue Ivy during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood.

Rapper Jay Z let his music do the talking with his new album 4:44 on Friday as he addressed cheating on his wife Beyonce, the birth of his twins and this year’s Oscars best picture.

In the title track, Jay Z admitted in his lyrics that he would “often womanize”, more than a year after R&B star Beyonce first shed light on his infidelities in her album Lemonade.

Jay Z pens a remorseful ode to his fractured marriage in 4:44, rapping that it “took for my child to be born, see through a woman’s eyes” in reference to the couple’s daughter Blue Ivy.

He also mentioned their twins, who were reported to have been born this month but whose arrival has yet to be officially confirmed, saying it “took for these natural twins to believe in miracles, took me too long for this song, I don’t deserve you”.

Jay Z added: “What good is a menage a trois when you have a soul mate? You risked that for Blue? ... my heart breaks for the day I had to explain my mistakes.”

Fans were left stunned last year when Beyonce made accusations in Lemonade that Jay Z had cheated on her, a rare crack in the seemingly perfect facade of one of music’s highest-profile couples.

In her song Sorry, Beyonce referred to a mystery woman, calling her “Becky with the good hair”, which is echoed in Jay Z’s track Family Feud, a duet with Beyonce in which he raps “Let me alone Becky”.

4:44 was released exclusively on premium music streaming platform Tidal, founded by Jay Z, in partnership with US wireless carrier Sprint Corp, which purchased a 33% stake in Tidal this year and made the album available via a six-month Tidal subscription to Sprint mobile customers.

It can also be heard throughout Friday across 160 US radio stations on iHeartRadio, the digital music service for a network of traditional radio stations.

A New York City bus with an advertisement for Jay-Z's anticipated new album 4:44 turns a corner in midtown. (AFP)

The 35-minute album features Blue Ivy on the track Legacy, in which the five-year-old asks “Daddy, what’s a will?” as the rapper expresses hope that his children use their wealth to promote “black excellence”.

In Moonlight, Jay Z tackles the impact of the film La La Land being named best picture at this year’s Oscars while in The Story of OJ, the rapper explores black identity in America.

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