BY 2DBZ • August 18, 2017
Instead of delivering another video from 4:44, JAY-Z follows “MaNyfaCedGod” with his first interview since the album’s release, on the Rap Radar podcast.
During the in-depth sit-down, Shawn speaks on opening up more throughout the album in contrast to “sprinkling it on a couple songs,” the process of creating 4:44 with No. I.D (work on the album began as early as October of 2016, and recording began in January 2017), the money phone lyric on “The Story of O.J.” (which pissed off a variety of rappers), Spotify and TIDAL, and even quipped about buying three pairs of Lavar Ball’s $500 Big Baller Brand sneakers. He even revealed that there were some songs that didn’t make the album, including one called “Black Gold.” A key moment of the podcast, however, is when he opens up on the rift between him and Kanye West.
“His name is there because it’s honest and it’s truthful of what happened,” Jay says. “The whole point is, ‘You got hurt because this guy was talking about you on stage.’ What really hurt me was, you can’t bring my kids and my wife into it.