JAY-Z Broke Down The Meaning Of Every Song On 4:44

Hov literally woke up at 4:44 a.m. to write the title track.

JAY-Z Broke Down The Meaning Of Every Song On <I>4:44</i> JAY-Z at MTV Studios on March 8, 2017 in New York City.   Dave Kotinsky/Getty

The title track of JAY-Z's 4:44 has been one of the major talking points since the album dropped at midnight on Thursday. The song, which acts as a public apology to Beyoncé for his past indiscretions, lays things out pretty clearly. However, in a further act of transparency, Jay has gone on record to explain the meaning of each song on his 13th studio album.

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Speaking to iHeartRadio Hov explained how he woke in the middle of the night to write "4:44."

"I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 A.M., to write this song," he said, "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."

Elsewhere in the conversation the rapper said "Moonlight" was inspired by the infamous Oscars incident, while "Family Feud" is a call to end the generation gap in hip-hop. There are also songs on the album about the need to lose all ego and a touching "verbal will" for daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.


June 30, 2017
JAY-Z Broke Down The Meaning Of Every Song On 4:44