Jay-Z Took Some High Profile Subliminal (& Not Subliminal) Shots On ‘4:44’
[Related: Twitter Reacts To 4:44.]
But before we get into that, we need to address a shot he didn’t take.
Despite what is being widely reported on social media, the line “My wife a queen not a Kardashian,” doesn’t appear on the album. It would have been great if it did, but you can’t have everything.
Hov did, however, seem to shade Kanye on the track ‘Bam.’
“Uh, niggas is skippin’ leg day just to run they mouth/I be skippin’ leg day I still run the world,” JAY-Z raps.
That lyric could be a response to Kanye’s line on ’30 Hours’: “I hit the gym, all chest no legs.”
On 4:44′s opening track ‘Kill Jay-Z’, Hov makes a more explicit reference to ‘Ye, addressing his notorious rant at a Sacramento show last year in which he weirdly implored Jay not to send his “killers” after him.
“I know people backstab you, I felt that too/But this ‘fuck everybody attitude’ ain’t natural/But you ain’t the same, this ain’t Kumba ‘Ye/But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye/You give him $20 million without blinking/he gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck what was he thinking?/’Fuck wrong with everybody?’ is what you saying/But if everyone is crazy, you’re the one that’s insane,” Hov raps.
In that same track, he references Eric Benét (who lost Halle Berry because of infidelity) and Future as he speaks on his relationship with Beyonce.
“You almost went Eric Benét/Let the worst girl in the world get away/I don’t even know what else to say/Nigga, never go Eric Benét”
“In the future, other niggas playin’ football with your son/You had lost it, 13 bottles of Ace of Spade what it did to Boston”
Eric Benét, who’s now married to Prince’s ex-wife Manuela Testolini, has already responded to the barb.
Hey yo #Jayz! Just so ya know, I got the baddest girl in the world as my wife….like right now! ✌
— Eric Benét (@ebenet) June 30, 2017