4:44

“Yeah, I’ll fuck up a good thing if you let me/ Let me alone Becky/ A man that don't take care of his family can’t be rich/ I’ll watch Godfather, I miss that whole shit/ My consciousness was Michael's common sense/ I missed the karma and that came as a consequence/ Niggas bustin’ off through the curtains ‘cause she hurtin’”

Family Feud

Jay Z

 

Last night, Jay Z released his highly anticipated album, 4:44, and Culture Piece can’t get enough! I can’t wrap my mind around the amazing production and lyrics in this entire album. With enticing messages within every word spat, each track tells you a story of Shawn Carter. Of course I have to acknowledge all these messages to Beyoncé & jabs towards Kanye, but let’s not forget the messages of “Black supremacy, Black owned businesses, & financial freedom for Black people” underlying. It’s so rare and refreshing to have an album where every verse speaks volumes, but Jay Z did just that.

 

“Financial freedom my only hope/ Fuck livin’ rich and dyin’ broke/ I bought some artwork for one million/ Two years later, that shit worth two million/ Few years later, that shit worth eight million/ I can’t wait to give this shit to my children/ Y’all think I’m bougie, I’m like it’s fine/ But I’m tryin’ to give you a million dollars worth of knowledge for $9.99”

The Story of OJ

Jay Z

 

I’m going to be honest, I’ve always liked Hov, but I wouldn’t consider myself a fan necessarily (don’t judge me), until now that is. Despite all that, there’s no denying how fuckin amazing 4:44 is. I could listen to the instrumentals alone for hours, and the samples on this album are unexpected and otherworldly combined with the distinct voice that is Shawn Carter. Let me not even get into the crazy features on this album; Damian Marley, Frank Ocean, and of course Beyoncé & Blue Ivy make appearances! My favorite track would definitely have to be Family Feud  without a doubt; nothing compares to Beyoncé's vocals!

I don’t know what it is about 2017 but I couldn’t be prouder of the music, the entertainment, and the culture right now. Please get with the movement and check out this soon to be legendary album! Of course an album with legendary status is exclusive as fuck, so if you don't already have a Tidal account, you may be out of luck until its leaked on YouTube. Best of luck to you all on your search!

 

Words by Maya Clark