Jay-Z’s 4:44 Footnotes Reveals Kendrick Lamar, Common, Mahershala Ali, and others


JAY-Z has revealed another set of footnotes for the title track off his Platinum album 4:44.

The video can be seen below, in its entirety… provided, of course, with a TIDAL subscription. Jay will also release a footnotes on the Damian Marley-guested “Bam” following “4:44.”

Following his footnotes on “The Story Of O.J.,” Jay does another for perhaps the most personal song on the album. Jay also invites the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Common, Mahershala Ali, Chris Rock, Will Smith, Aziz Ansari, and others provide insight on relationships as well.

He alludes to the fact that fighting for his marriage was more difficult to overcome than growing up in Marcy Projects and being shot at, and recalls a moment on vacation with Beyoncé where he begged her not to go. “What is happening to my body right now? Did I just say … ‘Don’t leave’? All this is new for me,” he says. In a later clip filmed in his studio surrounded by his friends and team, Jay-Z also reveals that he played “4:44” for Beyoncé early on: “We just got to a place where in order for this to work, this can’t be fake. Not one ounce. I’m not saying it wasn’t uncomfortable because obviously it was.”

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