JAY-Z Broke Down the Meaning of Every Song on ‘4:44′: ‘It’s Commentary on the Culture’
Produced in its entirety by No I.D., Jay is as transparent as ever on the album, addressing everything from his past indiscretions to his business and personal relationships with Prince and Kanye West. Of course, it's the songs where Jay publicly apologizes to his wife, Beyoncé that has people talking the most, and believing that the album is pretty much a response to Bey's career-defining statement album, Lemonade.
In an interview with iHeartRadio.com, Jay broke down the meaning of every song on the album, including the title track, which he says literally came to him at 4:44 in the morning.
"I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 A.M., to write this song," he said. "So it became the title of the album and everything. It's the title track because it's such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I've ever written."
He also explains that "Moonlight" was about the Oscars flub, where La La Land was announced as Best Picture before the blaring mistake was rectified and the award went to the gorgeous film, Moonlight.
Take a look at the full breakdown of each song below.