All the Celebrity Drama JAY-Z Calls Out on "4:44"

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From Cosmopolitan

4:44, JAY-Z's 13th studio album and ~apparent response to Lemonade~ is here. Not only does it address the cheating rumors Beyoncé surfaced in her album, but JAY also refers to a few other touchy celebrity moments as well. Here's all the drama he's airing out (in one song - "Kill JAY-Z"):

Kanye West

He raps:

I know people backstab you, I feel bad too / But this "fuck everybody" attitude ain’t natural / But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye / You gave him 20 million without blinkin’ / He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’? / ‘Fuck wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’ / But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.

This is in reference (presumably) to the time Kanye went off mid-concert in November 2016 about JAY-Z, saying, "JAY-Z, call me, bruh! You still ain't call me! JAY-Z, call me! JAY-Z, I know you got killers, please don't send them at my head. Just call me! Talk to me like a man!" before storming off stage.

Later, Kanye explained he was mad because JAY-Z hadn't called him since Kim got robbed at gunpoint last year: “Don’t call me after the robbery and say, ‘How you feelin’?’ You want to know how I’m feelin’? Come by the house, bring the kids like we brothers. Let’s sit down.”

Solange Knowles

He says:

You egged Solange on / Knowin’ all along, all you had to say you was wrong.

This is (of course) regarding the Great Elevator Incident of 2014. You know, the one where she kicked him, it spurred cheating rumors, etc., etc. By "you," he presumably means himself.

Eric Benét

He continues:

You almost went Eric Benét / Let the baddest girl in the world get away / I don’t even know what else to say / Nigga, never go full Eric Benét / I don’t even know what you woulda done / In the future, other niggas playin’ football with your son.

Benét, who was married to Halle Berry from 2001 to 2003, famously admitted to cheating on his then-wife. Benét clapped right back at JAY-Z, tweeting he "got the baddest girl in the world as my [now] wife," Manuela Testolini. Again, the "you" being JAY.


He says:

In the future, other niggas playin’ football with your son / You had lost it, 13 bottle of Ace of Spade what it did to Boston.

Future's ex-fiancé Ciara is now married to Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.

Listen to all of 4:44 (and all its other unclear snarky references) here.

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