Nas hails Jay-Z's 4:44 al­bum

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Nas has con­grat­u­lated Jay-Z on "push­ing the cul­ture for­ward" with his new al­bum. The New York-born rap star has praised his one-time ri­val on In­sta­gram, fol­low­ing Jay's re­cent re­lease of his muchdis­cussed '4:44' record, which fea­tures guest ap­pear­ances from the likes of Frank Ocean, Damian Mar­ley and Bey­once. Nas - whose real name is Nasir Jones - wrote on the photo-shar­ing web­site: "Say what u want, but mu­sic is what's help­ing peo­ple unite and stay cool in these times, Amer­i­can mu­sic about the last thing keep­ing USA in good stand­ing. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Jayz for push­ing the Cul­ture for­ward with his new al­bum 4:44 ! (sic)" Jay's lat­est al­bum was re­leased at the end of June and it was re­cently re­vealed his wife Bey­once lis­tened to ev­ery song on the record be­fore it made the fi­nal cut. Pro­ducer No I.D. shared: "I al­ways call Bey our de facto A&R. Pillow talk is the strong­est con­ver­sa­tion on the planet. Ev­ery song has to get past her ears, in my eyes. "She came by a lot and played a good part in help­ing us get over hur­dles on cer­tain records. Of course she's ge­nius-level with that." Jay-Z's ti­tle track from '4:44', fea­tures an apol­ogy from the star - who has kids Blue Ivy, five, and new­born twins with his singer spouse - to his wife, and is be­lieved to be a di­rect ref­er­ence to claims she made that he was un­faith­ful with "Becky with the good hair" on her vis­ual LP 'Lemon­ade'. Jay rapped: "If my chil­dren knew, I don't even know what I would do. If they ain't look at me the same, I would prob­a­bly die with all the shame. "You did what with who? What good is a mÈ­nage a trois when you have a soul­mate, you risked that for Blue? "I apol­o­gize, of­ten wom­an­ize, took my child to be born, see through a woman's eyes. "Took for these nat­u­ral twins to be­lieve in mir­a­cles. Took me too long for this song. I don't de­serve you. (sic)"

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