MITMondays: Jay-Z's 4:44 is His Best Work Since American Gangster
As we all know, Jay dropped his 13th studio album on last Friday. Shoutout to Jay-Z cause he is one of the few artist that could make me sign up for a streaming service just to listen to their album. Nevertheless, I honestly had low expectations coming into this album. Simply because i had no idea what Jay-Z I was going to get. With that being said Jay-Z greatly exceeded my expectations. This was Hov's best album since American Gangster in my opinion for a few reasons.
First off it was concise. As of late, a lot of artists have been putting out lengthy projects with a lot of songs that we can simply do without. The beauty of this album is it's length. Only ten tracks in length, Hov wastes no time to get his message across. From financial freedom to getting some things off his chest to throwing a few shots, Jay did more with less in regards to time.
This is Jay's best album since American Gangster and a major reason why was delivery. At times it felt like Jay-Z wasn't even rapping. Instead, he was having a conversation with us. You know like when you and your pops having a drink on the porch and he's just dropping gem after gem. That is literally how I felt listening to a few tracks of this album. When Jay was rapping it felt like i was getting "Blueprint Jay-Z."
Footnotes for "The Story of O.J."
Lastly, the content of this album was just amazing. Like I said earlier, Hov was just having a conversation with us at times. The most memorable of these conversations was on The Story of OJ. He starts of with his decisions to play the corners. He laments that the financial moves he made in his youth from the cars, not investing in his neighborhood and missed out investment opportunities. As we get deeper into the song the narrative changes. Hov informs us of the better financial decisions he made to get where he is now.
"The Story of O.J." video
This project was personal, intimate, and inspired at a point in life where the Jay doesn't have to let us this close. Hov continues sharing his life mistake including telling us about some he's made in his relationship. The title track 4:44, gets some things off his chest. A few instances of infidelity, how Beyoncé had a miscarriage and how he finally matured. One thing that really stood out to me was when he said "You mature faster than me I wasn't ready...". I know we've all been here at one point pr another. In the song Family Feud Hov addresses the disconnect in hip hop. The old heads are constantly going back and forth with the new rappers and vice versa. He reminds us that this does nothing but hurt the culture rather than elevating it and that "Nobody wins when the family feuds."
4:44 was a very good project and the best we've seen from Hov in years. Honestly I want this to be Hov's final project. How dope would it be his last song was legacy. A song in which he gave Blu the blueprint on how he wants her to carry out his legacy. Jay-Z greatly exceed my expectations for this album. This album was just a subtle reminder as to why he is the greatest to ever do it. As Always...