For fans hoping that JAY-Z’s new album, 4:44, would address Beyonce’s Lemonade — more specifically, the themes of infidelity and family drama in the diva’s award-winning 2016 visual album — the rapper wasted no time, getting in deep on the album’s very first song.
The internet blew up immediately after 4:44 was released exclusively to Tidal and Sprint customers on Thursday night, with many pointing to lyrics in the first track, “Kill Jay-Z,” that seem to address both Lemonade and the rapper’s infamous elevator spat with Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, after the 2014 Met Gala.
“You egged Solange on,” Jay rhymes, “knowing all along all you had to say you was wrong.”
But it’s the next line that fans think is even more telling.
“You almost went Eric Benét, let the baddest girl in the world get away,” he raps, referencing the actor and musician who split from Halle Berry in 2003 amid rumors of infidelity. Later, he warns again, “Never go Eric Benet.” Read more.
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