JAY-Z Explains Every Song On ‘4:44’ Album

Published: Friday 30th Jun 2017 by Sam

JAY-Z once again has the world’s attention following the event-style release of his new album ‘4:44.’

Easily one of Jigga’s most honest offerings yet, the 10-track set sees the 47-year-old wax candid on a collage of topics, including infidelity, race relations, his family, and even Solange.

With Twitter in overdrive and quotes quickly becoming memes, head below to see what the an himself describes each song as.

‘4:44’ in the words of JAY-Z…

“Kill Jay Z”

“The first song is called ‘Kill Jay Z’ and obviously, it’s not to be taken literal. It’s really about the ego. It’s about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty.”

“The Story of O.J.”

“‘The Story of O.J.’ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward. We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger.”


“‘Smile’ is just what it is. There are gonna be bad times, and those bad times can do two things: they can get you in a place where you’re stuck in a rut, or it can make your future that much better because you’ve experienced these things.”

“Caught Their Eyes”

“‘Caught Their Eyes’ is a song that’s dealing with just being aware of your surroundings. There’s a line in it, and it says, ‘Your body language is all remedial, how could you see the difference between you and I?’ Just being so sharp about your surroundings.”


“‘4:44’ is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album. And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song. 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.”

“Family Feud”

“‘Family Feud’ is about separation within the culture. Like, new rappers fighting with old rappers, saying all these things. So, the line is, ‘Nobody wins when the family feuds.'”


“The song ‘Bam’ with Damian Marley, it’s just jammin’, it’s just like the song. But it’s secretly Shawn Carter saying, ‘Man, you need a bit of ego.’ It was because of me and the things that I’ve done, this is JAY-Z saying you needed a bit of ego for us to arrive at this point.”


“The hook is ‘We stuck in La La Land/Even if we win, we gonna lose.’ It’s like 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.”

“Marcy Me”

“‘Marcy Me’ is a nostalgic walk through Marcy, and it’s about that hopefulness, that feeling of, ‘Man, can I really do this? Can I really be one of the biggest artists in the world?’ You have these dreams, ‘Can I be one of the biggest basketball players?’ We have these dreams.”


“The song is just about what it is, it’s like a verbal will. Just a song about speaking to my daughter. She starts the song off, and she says ‘Daddy, what’s a will?'”

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  1. IOWNTHEWORLD June 30, 2017


  2. LISA LEVINE June 30, 2017

    Tidal is wack. I’ll wait for Apple Music. Darling……………. Stop trying to make Tidal fetch. Not happening here. I don’t care if Beyonce and Rihanna duet with Mariah writing the lyrics.

    • AnthonyMizel June 30, 2017

      And your LATE for still saying wack and fetch! Respect the King…Queen…

      • LISA LEVINE June 30, 2017

        @AnthonyMizel – look triflin queen go on Jack’d and find a man and swollow and get out my face and sweating my comments. COW

    • EnRanc June 30, 2017

      “I don’t care if Beyonce and Rihanna duet with Mariah writing the lyrics.”

      What an atrocious song that would be.

      • LISA LEVINE June 30, 2017

        Probably not is any worse than you be a 40year old p** working at STARBUCKS

    • DanYiel Iman June 30, 2017

      Wouldn’t be anything less for a judgmental QUEEN to judge anything an African American trying to make a way for his families & crews how SAD!!

    • Electrikblue June 30, 2017

      You sound stupid. When you hear the album you’ll feel stupid. Like they said anybody that claims they don’t want Tidal but want Apple Music which is ran by a white man just doesn’t want to support black business.

  3. Thando June 30, 2017

    This website is such s*** now god wtf happened?

  4. Caleb June 30, 2017

    What does he say about solange?

  5. SMH June 30, 2017

    Only thing that caught my attention and MIGHT be interesting is “Moonlight”. Other than that, keep it.

    • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~tyler June 30, 2017

      You’re clearly checking for the entire album. Why else would you be perched in every post ?

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