Jay Z reveals release details for 13th album and previews a verse.
All is right with the world again, now that we know that Jay Z is indeed releasing a new album.
In the time since the cryptic 4:44 ads started showing up both online and elsewhere, social media pundits were pressing, in attempt to uncover the true meaning behind the numbers.
The official reveal finally came Sunday, June 18, via an ad from TIDAL, which is owned by Hov. The ad reads: “Experience JAY Z’s ‘4:44’ on 6/30, exclusively on TIDAL.com…JAY-Z’s 13th studio album ‘4:44′”
Sprint also released a clip that gave us the first glimpse of the lyrics on the album from a song titled “Adnis.”
“Letter to my dad that I never wrote/ Speeches I prepared that I never spoke/ Words on a paper that I never read/ Proses never penned they stayed in my head,” Jay utters over the beat.
The release of 4:44 will serve as one mode of a partnership between TIDAL and Sprint, with Sprint customers being given exclusive access to the album.
“Today is an exciting day to be a Sprint customer,” Sprint president and CEO, Marcelo Claure said in a statement. “JAY-Z is a global icon and we’re giving customers an incredible opportunity to be among the first to experience his new album 4:44. Our loyal, existing customers, and customers who switch to Sprint, can experience the album exclusively, plus access a complimentary six-month trial of TIDAL HiFi, giving them access to content they can’t get anywhere else.”
4:44 will be Jay’s first studio album since the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, which dropped almost four years ago.