Jay-Z's new album 4:44 opens with the track 'Kill Jay-Z', but Jay-Z has made clear that it's not intended to be instructive.
"The first song is called 'Kill JAY-Z' and obviously, it's not to be taken literal," Jay said (sic).
"It's really about the ego. It's about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty."
More specifically, the track sees him tackle his recent infidelities, which wife Beyoncé laid bare on her visual album Lemonade, along with good friend Kanye West's rant about him at the end of last year.
He also discussed the album's title track.
"'4:44' is a song that I wrote, and it's the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album," he explained. "And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song. 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."
4:44 is currently only available on Tidal, and specifically those who subscribed to the service before 26 June (unless they are also Sprint customers), though an Apple Music and possibly Spotify release is expected next week.
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