JAY-Z just dropped his 13th full-length solo studio album 4:44 — and after giving the album a few listens on the first full day of release, here are our 10 initial takeaways from the legendary rapper's newest project.

Check back for our full review of 4:44 — coming soon!

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1. Album opener "Kill Jay Z" sounds like Jay's therapy session

2. How did Jay swing a Stevie Wonder sample?!*

3. "My stash can't fit into Steve Harvey's suit"

4. Jay took shots at Kanye several times, including "niggas skipping leg day to run their mouth"

5. Lots of high-quality samples — this album sounds expensive 

6. Short album > long album

7. "Lisa Bonet used to be the Beyoncé of her day"

8. That Donny Hathaway sample , though     

9. JAY-Z is 47 years old — God status

 

10. This is the most personal album Jay has made since The Blueprint

*"Smile" features excerpts from Stevie Wonder's "Love's in Need of Love Today"

"Legacy" features excerpts from Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free"

10 Takeaways from 4:44

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