11 Julio 2017 14:56
Rumours have flown, but Jay-Z now appears to have addressed those skeletons in the closet
It’s no secret that Jay-Z and music queen of the world, Beyoncé, have had a rocky couple of years. If it’s not Beyoncé alluding to her husband’s infidelity in ‘Lemonade’ - ‘better call Becky with the good hair’ - or a public spat between her sister Solange Knowles and the rapper in an elevator, it’s Jay-Z’s new album entitled 4.44.
The ‘99 Problems’ rapper has released ‘Footnotes for 4.44’ to accompany the recordings, consisting of a selection of clips from interviews with prominent black stars, including Chris Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Will Smith. In one particularly interesting interview, Jay-Z speaks about the near-breakdown of his marriage to Beyoncé and the uphill battle they both had to face, alluding to trust being an important factor.
‘This is my real life,’ he is heard saying. ‘I just ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100 percent truth and it starts cracking. Things start happening that the public can see. Then we had to get to a point of “OK, tear this down and let’s start from the beginning”. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.’
Jay-Z also speaks of a holiday-gone-wrong when he had to literally beg his wife not to leave, and reveals that he played ‘4.44’ for Beyoncé long before its release to make amends. ‘We just got to a place where in order for this to work, this can’t be fake,’ he confessed. ‘Not one ounce. I’m not saying it wasn’t uncomfortable because obviously it was.’
[caption id="attachment_4678" align="aligncenter" width="300"] (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)[/caption]Following a five-year break from music recording, Jay-Z’s album landed last week like a tonne of bricks, prompting universal speculation that it is his way of apologising for cheating on Queen Bey. In his title track ‘4.44’, he appears to address rumours and express his regret. He wrote: ‘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 prolly 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? I apologize often womanize.’
If cheating rumours are to be believed, Jay-Z has a lot more grovelling to do!