If we’re being honest, which I am, Jay-Z’s Black album is one of my favorite albums of all-time. It’s one of those albums that was in my six-disc changer for a decade. I like Jay-Z. I like Beyonce.
Tidal is a waste of the Internet.
You’ll recall that Beyonce’s Lemonade album not only won GRAMMYs, it also won an EMMY. Or was nominated for one. Who remembers? Few people. What people do remember is that on the album Bey addressed her marriage head on and basically said Jay had cheated on her.
Lemonade was available everywhere, even on HBO.
So, everyone knew Jay-Z was a cheater. Maybe that’s why his rebuttal album is only available on Tidal, with a Sprint phone. He doesn’t want everyone to know.
Can you hear me now? No, Jay-Z, I can’t. I’m on AT&T, you cheater. How can you drop a bomb like this and only make it available to people here:
Jay-Z also dropped this bomb on a long holiday weekend. People are already at the beach. Or on a boat. And they probably can’t even listen to the album because they have a Go Phone.
Jay addresses the infidelity in the song, “4:44.” Supposedly. I can only hear 40 seconds of it because I’m a blue dot, but those reds can’t hear it either.
The lyrics are, as follows:
Do I find it so hard
When I know in my heart
I’m letting you down everyday
Letting you down everyday
Why do I keep on running away?
I apologize, our love was one for the ages and I contained us
And all this ratchet shit and we more expansive
Not meant to cry and die alone in these mansions
Or sleep with our back turned
We’re supposed to vacay ’til our backs burn
We’re supposed to laugh ’til our hearts stops
And then we in a space where the dark stops
And lets love light the way
Like the men before me, I cut off my nose to spite my face
I never wanted another woman to know
Something about me that you didn’t know
I promised, I cried, I couldn’t hold
I suck at love, I think I need a do-over
Look, I apologize, often womanize
Took for 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
And if my children knew, I don’t even know what I would do
If they ain’t look at me the same
I would prob’ly die with all the shame
“You did what with who?”
What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate?
“You risked that for Blue?”
If I wasn’t a superhero in your face
My heart breaks for the day I had to explain my mistakes
And the mask goes away and Santa Claus is fake
And you go online and see
For Blue’s tooth, the tooth fairy didn’t pay
Also, Beyonce is a co-writer on the song, but I bet she doesn’t even have a Sprint phone, so I doubt she’s heard the final version.