4:44 (CD)


Jay-Z

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Amoeba Review

07/05/2017

After a spate of bad press following a rumored affair and a poorly received last album, JAY-Z had to kill Jay Z to move on. That’s exactly what he does on the opening track of 4:44, “Kill Jay Z,” obliterating the past’s expectations and disappointments with a bold restatement of artistry. Over a warped sample of Nina Simone’s “Four Women,” courtesy of 4:44’s producer, No I.D., JAY-Z takes on images of blackness throughout history on the stunning “The Story of O.J.” He offers a welcome acceptance of his mother’s (and others’) queerness on “Smile” (“Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/Don’t matter to me if it’s him or her”). But despite aiming for big topics, his most effective tracks are those that tear down JAY-Z’s own mythos to reveal an apologetic and self-aware core, on his most deeply personal songs, the title track and “Family Feud” (featuring Beyonce). On them, JAY-Z reflects on his shortcomings and raps honestly about adulthood as something to strive for, whereas a previous iteration of the rapper might have bragged about his manhood or financial standing. As such, JAY-Z also grows not only as a human being but as an artist on 4:44, showing us new shades of both his talent and intellect.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Kill Jay Z
Jay-Z 02:58
2.
The Story Of O.J.
Jay-Z 03:52
3.
Smile
Jay-Z , Gloria Carter 04:50
4.
Caught Their Eyes
Jay-Z , Frank Ocean 03:26
5.
4:44
Jay-Z 04:44
6.
Family Feud
Jay-Z , Beyoncé 04:11
7.
Bam
Jay-Z , Damian Marley 03:55
8.
Moonlight
Jay-Z 02:24
9.
Marry Me
Jay-Z 02:54
10.
Legacy
Jay-Z 02:57
11.
Adnis
Jay-Z 02:27
12.
Blue's Freestyle / We Family
Jay-Z 04:24
13.
MaNyfaCedGod
Jay-Z , James Blake 03:19

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