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ALBUM REVIEW: Jay-Z’s “4:44” is a trip into the vulnerable soul of Hip hop’s prophet

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Everyone knows Jay-Z. He’s a
lot superhuman these days, as a self-made billionaire, Hip-hop’s
clergy, and a forward-thinking veteran that has his hands in many pies.
On the home front, there are three kids now, Beyonce is still his wife after a shaky period in their marriage (according to their music anyway) and his streaming company TIDAL is looking good.

Having recently welcomed the birth of his twins (which according to reports are named Rumi and Sir),
Jay Z chose this time to drop his most divulgent project. His 13 studio
album “4:44” has everything personal about Jay Z and the world around
him. There’s honesty, humility, apologies, subs and revelations. Don’t
forget the revelations.

A
backstory to this album will be Beyoncé’s impressive 2016 album
“Lemonade” which revealed that Jay had cheated on her, with ‘Becky with
the good hair’. And for a couple that rarely share anything about their
personal lives, they pretty much do a fine job commoditizing it for
profit in their music. Jay Z addresses this accusations of infidelity on
“4:44.” He didn’t deny or excuse his behaviour, he admits that he will
“probably die with all the shame” if his trysts cost him his family.
There’s space for the famous 2014 Solange elevator incident, where CCTV captured him receiving punches from his wife’s sister. “You egged Solange on, knowing all along, all you had to say you was wrong.” He tells himself. He also recalls his wooing of Beyonce and in the classic case of mortification declares “I don’t deserve you.”
It’s
a confessional, designed, cut and crafted to fit into this album, which
in its simplicity is starkly different from his last project “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”
Confessions
don’t tell the full story of the project though. “The Story of O.J”
captures his entrepreneurial spirit, with a shout-out to the savviness
of the Jews. “I bought some artwork for one million… Few years later, that shit worth eight million,” he boasts.

JAY-Z and his mother, Gloria Carter.

JAY-Z and his mother, Gloria Carter.
(Wikimedia Commons)

‘Marcy Me’
has Jay reminiscing on time as a drug dealer, rather than the head of a
business empire. Family Feud, deals with his advancement, wealth and
the infamous “Becky” (“let me alone”) on a track about the importance of
black-owned businesses.
To helm the sound on this project, Jay taps No I.D,
a man who has been making rap albums long before Hov got his start. No
I.D. put together a bare, resonant sound out samples from classics
including Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s In Need Of Love Today,” Donny
Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free,” Nina Simone’s “Four Women” and
“Baltimore.”
It forms a great
minimalistic sound structure which Jay-Z embraces, tells his story,
finds his vulnerable voice, and above all lets everyone into his life as
he has lived it.
Rating: 4/5
Ratings
1-Dull
2-Boring
2.5-Average
3-Worth Checking Out
3.5-Hot
4-Smoking Hot
4.5-Amazing
5-Perfection
Album – 4:44
Artiste – Jay-Z
Record Label – ROC Nation (2017)
Duration – 36 minutes

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Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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