The last we heard from Jay was way back in 2013 after he released Magna Carta Holy Grail, so when Beyoncé ~exposed~ him in her record-breaking 6th studio album Lemonade, people knew Hov had to say something””and it may have taken a little over a year, but it’s finally here. So sit down and make yourself comfortable, “Ëœcause we’re about to spill some tea on Jay’s latest release.

Why is the album titled 4:44?

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4:44, the song Jay describes as the crux of the album, isn’t as subliminal a concept as it seems. Jay woke up at 4:44 in the morning to write a song, figured it was one of the best songs he had ever written, and decided to make it the title of his latest body of work. “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.” he tells iHeart Radio.

What’s the score on Ye and Jay?

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Remember Ye’s outburst during one his concerts last December? Yeezus called out Bey for saying she refused to perform unless she won Video of the Year over him and Drake. He even went as far as saying Jay had “killers” and begged Hov to just call him.

Jay fires back in Kill Jay Z, rapping “I know people backstab you, I felt bad too / But this “Ëœf”” everybody’ attitude ain’t natural / But you ain’t a Saint, this ain’t KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by “ËœYe.” That’s pretty much Jay saying get your shit together. Don’t expect a collab to happen any time soon.

What does the album have to do with Prince?

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Last year Prince’s estate sued Jay’s label Roc Nation for allegedly exploiting Prince’s music, saying music streaming service Tidal was never granted exclusive streaming rights. Prince’s discography shortly became available on every platform despite the late singer’s aversion to streaming services except Tidal””and Jay’s anger on Prince’s behalf is made clear on his scathing verses in Caught In Their Eyes featuring our fave Frank Ocean.

He raps, “I sat down with Prince, eye to eye / He told me his wishes before he died / Now, Londell McMillan, he must be color blind / They only see green from them eyes.” He continues, “The guy had “ËœSlave’ on his face / This guy had “ËœSlave’ on his face / You think he wanted the masters with his masters? / You greedy bastards sold tickets to walk through his house / I’m surprised you ain’t auction off the casket”¦” McMillan was Prince’s former lawyer.

Is 4:44 Jay’s response to Lemonade?

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Family is one of the recurring themes of Jay-Z’s new album, and it wouldn’t be complete without addressing the controversy surrounding his marriage. He owns up to his infidelity in Kill Jay Z, drawing a parallel between him and singer Eric Benét who went into rehab for sex addiction after cheating on then-wife Halle Berry. “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 Eric Benét.”

He also makes a final reference to Becky in Family Feud “Yeah, I’ll fuck up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky.” Lol bye ho.

How can I listen to the album?

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Jay-Z’s 13th studio album 4:44 is now streaming exclusively on Tidal. New users get a 30-day free trial, unless you’ve already used all your fake email addresses trying to listen to Lemonade last year.