Jay-Z Gives us Grown Man Music In His Most Personal Album To Date
When you’ve been in the game as long as Jay-z ( 13 studio albums to date not including collaborations) it can be very difficult to still have something to say no less innovate. The big question about this album is can Hov still capture ours ears and heart ?
As much as people don’t want to admit it “Magna Carta Holy Grail”was a misstep. It didn’t have the presence that other Jay-Z albums had and the art talk went over many people’s head. Even the “Watch the Throne” album while good wasn’t the Jay-z we would want to hear. So how does Jay turn that around? He gives us his most personal album to date.
With No-ID on the boards 4:44 sounds as soulful as the classic Blueprint. Starting from the first track “Kill Jay-Z” where he opens up with how his ego sometimes got the best of him, as well as some of his insecurities. Even going as far as saying he almost lost “the baddest girl in the world” because of his shortcomings.
Another standout track is “The Story of OJ” in which he tells tales of bringing up your own community and empowering black communities by investing and remembering where you came from. It’s no surprise that he follows up this track with “Smile”. A song where Jay gives us an inside look into his mom and the hardships she had to deal with.
The highlight of the album is the title track 4:44 which is fitting because this song is his most personal. On this song he tells of some of the hardships he had in his relationship with his wife, including the Infidelity. He pulls no punches as the hip hop Superman pulls off his cape and pours out his heart. Showing you a side he never shows.
Overall with these tracks and gems like “Family Feud”, Marcy Me and Legacy 4:44 is a must have for a Jay-Z fans. Out of the ten tracks there no skippable ones as each song has its purpose and serves it nicely. Overall excellent album.