Jay-Z 4:44 Album Review…

  1. Kill Jay-Z – 8/10 Ill start off by saying that I think there is a lot of symbolism throughout this entire album, but no more so than on this track in particular. Most people will focus on the “Kanye diss” on this song instead of narrowing in on the bigger picture. I truly believe that the message Jay-Z is trying to get across is that he no longer has the “desire” to be the Jay-Z rap caricature anymore (a.k.a- this is probably his last album). He associates being “Jay-Z” with the infidelity committed on wife, and he understands that the same “persona” that helped him make all of his wealth will be the same “persona” that may one day be responsible for destroying the life it helped build. The bullshit is now over, and this is represented throughout this entire project because this isn’t so much a “Jay-Z album”, as it is a “Sean Carter album” first and foremost…
  2. The Story of O.J. – 7.5/10 – Another important message is contained in this song that i don’t think the “average rap” fan will “get” on the first listen . Jay-Z is essentially saying that no matter how much money you obtain in your life time, you will still be just a “n*gga” unless you change your ignorant mindset set (knowledge = wealth, basically). Being a “rich n*gga” is like being the “tallest midget” a reference that Jay uses in another track on this album, but i feel still pertains here as well… The Piano keys add a nice level “sophistication/elegance’s” to a not very sophisticated/elegant subject matter…
  3. Smile – 6.5/10 – Didn’t Logic rap over this same beat in his last project? I believe that No I.D. Produced both albums so I guess it makes sense… Oh yeah and Jay-Z’s mom is now a lesbian… I thought y’all should know that…
  4. Caught Their Eyes – 7/10 – One of the most “catchy” sounding tracks on this project. I believe this sample was once used in a Kanye song before (“Champion” is the song i believe). The sample is a lot more “chopped and screwed”, so it’s hard to be completely sure… Oh yeah, Frank Ocean is on this one as well. It’s a pretty “standard” performance from both gentlemen here…
  5. 4:44 – 8.5/10 – For fans of Jay-Z, this song is basically “Song Cry” part 2. Jay-Z regretted cheating on his last women (the person he was referring to in “Song Cry”), but this time around you can see a real “maturity” in Jay-Z’s mental thought process. He references going to a therapist at one point in this album, and that information is  no more pertinent then in this track. Jay-Z is no longer the person he once was, and in this instance that isn’t a bad thing…
  6. Family Feud – 7.5/10 – “What’s better than one billionaire? Two”… Yet another “therapeutic” track from Jigga on this project. Beyonce is featured on this track for obvious reasons… To me the cheerful instrumental “steals the show” on this one. No I.D. was on his absolute grizzly for this entire album…
  7. Bam – 8/10 – A rap song featuring Damian Marley, where have I seen that before? Anyway’s… This is my favorite song on the entire album! If you don’t bump this song on max volume in your whip, you really missing out bruh…
  8. Moonlight- 8/10Shots fired! The weak rap written for 13 year old’s is put under a microscope by Hova on this track. Also did Jay-Z just “bite” Nas on back to back tracks? For people who are unfamiliar with the situation, Nas and Dj Khaled put out a song earlier this year titled “Album Done” in which the use the same exact Fugees sample used here. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. The competition is still real yo…
  9. Marcy Me – 7.5/10People are going to overlook this song, but please don’t. Wordplay is off the charts here, and the instrumental… Crazy… Shout out to the Marcy projects, I salute y’all for raising an absolute legend in the game…
  10. Legacy – 7/10 – “Your seed, married his seed, married my seed”… Jay-Z quoting Wu-Tang Clan… Am I dreaming right now?…

 

Final Thoughts: One of the most cohesive hip hop albums you will  listen to all year! Jay-Z stepped up to the plate at age 47, and hit a proverbial home run with this project! In an era where “uninspired” sounding rap has become the norm, Jay-Z reminds us all that it’s okay to make a densely layered rap album in 2017. I do think this will be the final Jay-Z project we ever get (the final track is called “legacy”, that’s a pretty big hint), but never say “never” when it comes to Jay-Z. IMO This is the best hip hop album put out this year, and probably the best album i have personally listened sense the A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service” came out at the end of last year …

Overall Score 8/10

 


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