4:44

By Jay-Z

YOU (South Africa) - - CHILL OUT -

Af­ter more than two decades in the in­dus­try, hip-hop’s king of rein­ven­tion’s lat­est per­sona is a mid­dleaged rap king­pin com­ing clean about his fail­ings as a fa­ther, a son and a hus­band.

Jay-Z aban­dons the bravado, ru­mi­nates on the sta­tus quo and airs his dirty laun­dry (in­clud­ing his in­fi­delity). Fans will miss the ra­dio-friendly hits of yesteryear but the more cere­bral, soul­bar­ing 4:44 (named for the time he woke to write the track) doesn’t dis­ap­point.

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