Did Beyoncé approve every track on rap legend JAY-Z's new album "4:44"?
JAY-Z dropped his highly anticipated 13th studio album "4:44" this week as a Tidal exclusive, but did Beyoncé really approve of every song, which is said to address his reported infidelities and act as a response to her "Lemonade" LP?
Producer No I.D. [aka name Dion Wilson] has revealed that the rap legend's wife actually did. Speaking to the New York Times, he said:
"Every song has to get past her ears. She came by a lot and played a good part in helping us get over hurdles on certain records."
JAY-Z's title track from the record features an apology from the music mogul - who has children Blue Ivy and newborn twins with Beyoncé. The song is believed to be a direct reference back to the claims that she hinted to him being unfaithful with "Becky with the good hair" on "Lemonade".
He raps: "If my children knew, I don't even know what I would do. If they ain't look at me the same, I would probably die with all the shame.
"You did what with who? What good is a ménage a trois when you have a soulmate, you risked that for Blue?
"I apologize, often womanize, took my child to be born, see through a woman's eyes.
"Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles. Took me too long for this song. I don't deserve you."
And in the song "Family Feud" - which features vocals from Beyoncé - he included the line: "Yeah, I'll f**k up a good thing if you let me, let me alone Becky."
In another track, the hip-hop star makes a comment about the infamous Met Gala 2014 row, which saw him attacked in an elevator by his sister-in-law Solange Knowles. He raps:
"You egged Solange on, knowing all along all you had to say you was wrong."
However, when asked if they spoke about "Lemonade" while making JAY-Z's latest record, No I.D. insisted they "never directly spoke about that album". He explained:
"There’s a difference in talking about it for the sake of response and for the sake of honesty and the truth.
"The truth needs to explain why you are the way you are, why you did what you did. We know what happened. We got it. But what were the circumstances that led to this and how do you feel about it?"
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