Jay-Z speaks about ‘4:44’

Jay-Z’s 13th studio album is available (4:44) for the world to enjoy through the exclusivity of TIDAL. It’s the follow up to his 2013 summer release of Magna Carta Holy Grail. There’s 10 tracks and a whole lot of information to digest in this new Hov album. There’s less room for broad choruses and catchy rhymes; playtime is over and it’s time to get some facts in order.

During an interview with Z100, Jay breaks down the meaning of each song. “4:44” is the meat of the album. It’s in the middle of the play and is also the all-important title track.

“‘4:44’ is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album,” Jay explains. “And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song. So it became the title of the album and everything. It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

The song is four minutes and forty-four seconds, written at 4:44 A.M. and me, thinking—when did Jay-Z start writing?