According to legendary music producer No I.D., who is behind Jay-Z’s new album 4:44, said in a new interview that every song on the album was approved by wife Beyonce ahead of being released.
“I always call Bey our de facto A&R,” No I.D. (real name Dion Wilson) told The New York Times. “Pillow talk is the strongest conversation on the planet. Every song has to get past her ears, in my eyes. She came by [the recording studio] a lot and played a good part in helping us get over hurdles on certain records. Of course she’s genius-level with that.”
Although No I.D. claims Lemonade was not the inspiration behind Jay-Z’s new album, fans immediately pointed out how both albums touch on the taboo subject infidelity.
“We never directly spoke about [Lemonade],” he told the Times. “Mainly because if he talks about himself, it’s going to bleed into that regardless. But there’s a difference in talking about it for the sake of response and for the sake of honesty and the truth. The truth needs to explain why you are the way you are, why you did what you did. We know what happened. We got it. But what were the circumstances that led to this and how do you feel about it?”
Fans noticed that the title track of 4:44 talks about the longstanding rumors about how Queen Bey’s rapper husband cheated on her. “Look, I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born / To see through a woman’s eyes,” Jay-Z raps.
“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,” he adds later in the song. “‘You did what with who?’ / What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / ‘You risked that for Blue?'”
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