JAY-Z recently released his highly-anticipated 13th solo album, 4:44. The grandiose album features Beyoncé, Damian Marley, Frank Ocean, and HOV’s mom, Gloria Carter. It went platinum in less than a week — primarily because Sprint purchased one million downloads. Additionally, it was released as a Tidal exclusive, but now, fans can stream and purchase the album on Apple Music and Amazon Music Unlimited.
Bonus Tracks Confirmed
At only ten tracks, fans suspected there would be bonus material to further drool over, and their suspicion has been confirmed. Universal Music has confirmed that the album’s physical copy will feature three bonus tracks: “Adnis,” “Blue’s Freestyle/We Family,” and the James Blake-featuring “ManyFacedGod.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the album’s sole producer, No I.D., confirmed that British singer-producer “James Blake came in and joined into the process. There’s more coming shortly that’s equally as revealing.” Fans also can expect to hear a brand new rapper on the bonus tracks, Jay and Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy. Check out a leaked preview of her bars via Twitter below.
Blue ivy out here rapping y'all pic.twitter.com/FlBZCZwafy
— march13🧜🏾♀️ (@pinksiddity) July 7, 2017
Also, the bonus track, “Adnis,” was briefly sampled in a promo clip for the album. A leak of the song has hit the web, in which Jay rocks a laid-back flow over a minimal beat, which sounds a lot like it was produced by James Blake. HOV raps, “Letter to my dad that I never wrote, “Letters to my dad, that I never wrote / Speeches I prepared, that I never spoke / Words on a paper, that I never read / Proses never penned, they stayed in my head.”
Many fans consider this to be an epic body of work in Jay’s legacy. Kendrick Lamar tweeted his admiration for HOV and the new album.
4:44. WOW. MASTER TEACHER.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) June 30, 2017
Speaking of Kendrick, he will appear alongside Will Smith and JAY-Z in a new short video about racism in America, entitled “Episode One: Footnotes for ‘The Story of O.J.’” The clip will also feature Mahershala Ali, Chris Rock, Michael Che, Michael B. Jordan, Van Jones, Trevor Noah, and more.