Jay-Z Cheated and more from Jay-Z's 4:44

June 30, 2017

USA Today

Wanna know if Jay-Z is a boss? He cheated on Beyonce...admits it to the world and he still gets to be with Beyonce. Damn!
Here are some of the lyrics that everyone's talking about with his cheating, Solange and the elevator and a lot more.

1. "Kill Jay-Z"

"You egged Solange on / Knowin' all along /All you had to say you was wrong," he rapped. The altercation, which was widely rumored to have been about fashion designer Rachel Roy, led Jay-Z to a realization: "But you gotta do better, boy, you owe it to Blue / You had no father, you had the armor / But you got a daughter, gotta get softer." "You almost went Eric Benét / Let the baddest girl in the world get away," he rapped, later reminding fans, "Never go Eric Benét." The song is "not to be taken literal," the 47-year-old rapper told iHeartRadio. "It's really about the ego. It's about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty."

 "I know people backstab you, I feel bad too / But this 'f--k everybody' attitude ain't natural / But you ain't the same, this ain't KumbaYe / But you got hurt because you did cool by 'Ye / You gave him 20 million without blinkin' / He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f-- was he thinkin'?/ 'F--kin' wrong with everybody?' is what you sayin' / But if everybody's crazy, you're the one that's insane."

2. "The Story of O.J."

"O.J. like, 'I'm not black, I'm O.J.' / OK / House n---a, don't f--k with me," he said. "I'm a field n---a with shined cutlery / Gold-plated quarters where the butlers be."

"We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, [we can> transform that into something bigger."

"Financial freedom my only hope / F--k livin' rich and dyin' broke / I bought some artwork for 1 million / Two years later, that s--t worth 2 million / Few years later, that s--t worth 8 million / I can't wait to give this s--t to my children / Y'all think it's bougie, I'm like, it's fine / But I'm tryin' to give you a million dollars worth of game for $9.99," Jay-Z rapped in the song. "I turned that two to a four, four to an eight / I turned my life into a nice first week release date / Y'all out here still takin' advances, huh? / Me and my n---as takin' real chances, uh / Y'all on the Gram holdin' money to your ear / There's a disconnect, we don't call that money over here, yeah."

3. "Smile" (feat. his mom, Gloria Carter)

"There are gonna be bad times, and those bad times can do two things: They can get you in a place where you're stuck in a rut," Jay-Z said of the song, which features Stevie Wonder's vocals, "or it can make your future that much better because you've experienced these things."

"Bad times turn to good memories, smile / Even when I'm gone and you remember me, smile / Good times never fade away, smile," "Even if I'm not with you here today, smile / Good morn' or evening, friends / Smile / Here's your friendly announcer / Smile."

4. "Caught Their Eyes" (feat. Frank Ocean)

"Your body language is all remedial / How could you see the difference between you and I?"
"My crash course was much tougher / Around friends who kill they friends / Then hug their friends' mothers / And show up at the funeral, complete with blank stares / Invisible ink, I had to read things that wasn't there / Memories may sneak down my cheek / But I could see a side eye in my sleep."  "Ready for it, deep breath, fill up the void / Eyes open them up, check out the cords / Still stinging from tears, they try to see you / I'm ready for earth, ready for real / Solipsistic admit it, I see you there / So it seems, so you seem / I can't tell if you're image or are just the flare / In my dreams, in my dreams."

5. "4:44" Titled because he woke up literally at 4:44am to write the song

"I suck at love, I think I need a do-over / I will be emotionally available if I invited you over / I stew over what if you over my s--t?"

"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 probably 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 harass you out in Paris / Please come back to Rome / You make it home / We talked for hours when you were on tour," the Grammy winner rapped. "Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone / Said don't embarrass me instead of be mine / That was my proposal for us to go steady / That was your 21st birthday / You mature faster than me / I wasn't ready / So I apologize."

"I apologize to all the woman whom I / Toyed with you emotions because I was emotionless / I apologize 'cuz at your best you are love / And because I fall short of what I say I'm all about/ Your eyes leave with the soul that your body once housed / And you stare blankly into space / Thinking about all the time you wasted in on all the basic s--t so," Jay-Z continued. "I apologize."

"I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born / See through a woman's eyes / Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song / I don't deserve you," "So I apologize / I've seen the innocence / Leave your eyes / I still mourn this death." "I apologize for all the stillborns / 'Cuz I wasn't pressing / Your body wouldn't accept it."

6. "Family Feud"

"So, the line is, 'Nobody wins when the family feuds.'" "Yeah, I'll f--k up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky," "A man that don't take care his family can't be rich."

"I'm tryna get these n---as with no stripes to be official / Y'all think small, I think Biggie / Y'all whole pass is in danger, 10 Mississippi / Al Sharpton in the mirror takin' selfies / How is him or Pill Cosby s'posed to help me? / Old n---as never accepted me / New n---as is the reason I stopped drinkin' Dos Equis / We all lose when the family feuds / What's better than one billionaire? Two / I'll be damned if I drink some Belvedere while Puff got Cîroc / Y'all need to stop."

7. "Bam" (feat. Damian Marley)

"Uh, n---as is skippin' leg day just to run they mouth / I be skippin' leg day, I still run the world / I pressed ahead of your team with one finger curled / I'll line you all up with one finger wave," "Make n---as weave, n---as is out here fake / Laced front to the back, don't front / Y'all gonna make me wig, I'ma give y'all what you want."

8. "Moonlight"

"We stuck in La La Land / Even if we win, we gonna lose." "Look, I know killers, you no killer, huh? / Bathing Ape maybe not a gorilla, huh? / Glorified seat filler, huh? / Stop walkin' 'round like y'all made Thriller, huh? / Fake Dracos all in the videos / We sure, we shoot 'em in my city, though / I don't post no threats on the internet / I just pose a threat, blame Lenny S for that / I don't be on the 'Gram goin' ham / Givin' information to the pork, that's all spam / Please don't talk about guns / That you ain't never gon' use / Y'all always tell on y'all self / I'm just so f--king confused."

9. "Marcy Me"

"Old Brooklyn not this new s--t, shift feel like a spoof / Fat laces in your shoe I'm talking busting off the roof / Hold a uzi vertical, let the thing smoke / Y'all flirting with death I be winking through the scope / Shout out to all the murderers turned murals, plural f--k the Federal Bureau / Shout out to Nostrand Ave. Flushing Ave. Myrtle / All the County of Kings, may your ground stay fertile / Shout out to Big Poppa, Daddy Kane, heroes / Thus concluding my concerto, Marcy me."

10. "Legacy"

Blue Ivy's voice starts the song saying, 'Daddy, what's a will?'"   "I've been listening to Wu-Tang and n---as like / 'Your seed, married his seed, married my seed' / That's how we keep Carter money all in the family / You see, my father, son of a preacher man / Whose daughter couldn't escape the reach of the preacher's hand /That charge of energy set all the Carters back," "It took all these years to get to zero in fact." 
"She might start an institute / She might put poor kids through school / My stake in Roc Nation should go to you / Leave a piece for your siblings to give to their children too / TIDAL, the champagne, D'USSÉ, I'd like to see / A nice peace-fund ideas from people who look like we / We gon' start a society within a society,"
"That's major, just like the Negro League. There was a time America wouldn't let us ball / Those times are now back, just now called Afro-tech / Generational wealth, that's the key / My parents ain't have s--t, so that ship started with me / My mom took her money, she bought me bonds / That was the sweetest thing of all time."


Non-TIDAL subscribers can stream 45-second snippets of each song.