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.
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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