Jay-Z – „4:44“ (This Is His 13th Studio Album // Full Album Stream + Download)

Vor knapp 3 Wochen tauchten das erste Mal 3 mysteriöse Ziffern auf dem Times Square in New York auf: Vier:VierVier, 4:44 – was zur Hölle hatte es damit auf sich? Eine Woche später war dann klar: es wird ein neues Album vom Jiggaman himself geben, sein inzwischen dreizehntes Studio-Album, 4 Jahre nach „Magna Carta Holy Grail„.

Ihr habt es sicherlich mitbekommen: Jay-Z wurde gerade in die „Songwriters Hall of Fame“ aufgenommen, als erster Rapper, dem diese Ehre gebührt. Dann hat er in diesem Jahr bereits einen 200 Millionen Dollar-Deal mit Live Nation abgeschlossen ach und ja: seine Frau Beyoncé hat ihm jüngst Zwillinge geschenkt. Er hat jetzt schon mehr Nummer-1-Alben vorzuweisen als Elvis oder die Beatles und hier ist es jetzt tatsächlich: 4:44, ein weiteres Nummer-1-Album (das ist einfach so, dazu muss man kein Nostradamus sein), komplett produziert von No ID (und Jay-Z selbst), Features kommen von Frank Ocean, Damian Marley und Gloria Carter, Jay-Zs Mudder. Ich weiß, dazu wird es in den kommenden Wochen noch jede Menge zu erzählen geben; aber hier ist es erst einmal – Jay-Zs neues Album – Happy Weekend mit dem hier:

„4:44 is the fourteenth studio album and thirteenth solo album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on June 30, 2017 through Roc Nation. The album is solely produced by No ID with additional production from Jay-Z. Songs from the album feature Frank Ocean, Damian Marley, and Gloria Carter, Jay-Zs mother. 4:44 was released as an exclusive to Sprint and Tidal customers and is the first in a planned series of music exclusives from the Sprint-Tidal partnership.“

Jay-Z Breaks Down Each Song off 4:44 (+ Samples)

Jay-Z hat zu jedem Track eine kleine Einleitung/Erklärung geschrieben, außerdem hat er die einzelnen, jeweils genutzten Samples aufgeführt. Here you go:

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.“

samples The Alan Parsons Project’s “Don’t Let It Show,” Kool & the Gang’s “Kool’s Back Again”

The Story of OJ

“‘The Story of OJ’ 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.”

samples Nina Simone’s “Four Women”


“‘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.”

samples Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s In Need Of Love Today”

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.”

samples Nina Simone’s “Baltimore”


“‘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.”

samples Hannah Williams and the Affirmations’ “Late Nights and Heart Breaks”

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.’”

samples Clark Sisters’ “Ha Ya”


“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.”

samples Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam,” Jacob Miller’s “Tenement Yard”


“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.”

samples the Fugees’ “Fu-Gee-La”

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.”

samples Quarteto 1111’s “odo O Mundo E Ninguém”


“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?’”

samples Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free,” Raekwon’s “Glaciers of Ice”


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