Off to a fresh start

Jay-Z comes clean in his lat­est al­bum 4:44

DRUM - - In The Classroom - – LIND­SAY DE FRE­ITAS

This is Hova’s 14th No 1 al­bum in a ca­reer span­ning more than three decades and shows Jay-Z is un­doubt­edly hip-hop’s king of rein­ven­tion.

His lat­est per­sona? A mid­dle-aged rap king­pin com­ing clean about his fail­ings as a fa­ther, a son and a hus­band.

On this al­bum Jay-Z aban­dons the bravado, ru­mi­nates on the sta­tus quo and airs his dirty laun­dry (which in­cludes his in­fi­delity), in­clud­ing his fall­ing out with old friend Kanye West, and that in­fa­mous 2014 el­e­va­tor fight with his sis­ter-in-law, Solange Knowles, on the track Kill Jay-Z .

Although fans will miss the ra­dio-friendly hits of yesteryear the more cere­bral, soul-bar­ing 4:44 (so named af­ter the time, 4.44am, he woke to write the track) will not dis­ap­point.

Hova's lat­est of­fer­ing gives fans a sneak peak into the highs and lows in his per­sonal life.

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