It's been just over a month since Jay-Z's 4:44 album landed. Special attention has been paid across the board to the title track, thanks to the fact that it's a painfully raw apology to Beyoncé for basically everything we heard about on Lemonade. Pay close attention to the lyrics if you want an unflinching look at the weight that comes with deep remorse, regret, and guilt.
Jay told XXL that the track is "the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album. And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song. 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.”
So that's that, right? We've got the song, an amazing video, a response to Lemonade, and an explanation about the title. Done! The End. Only not, because in the age of the internet, this just has to be about a bunch of other stuff too.
Before the album was even released, Twitter was already throwing out theories: