Calling out Kanye, Halle Berry’s ex, and even Queen B herself!!! But before you get crazy, Beyonce signed off on all tracks.
“Family Feud,” featuring Beyonce got a lot of fans talking.
In one section of the track the lyrics go, “Yeah, I’ll f—k up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky”
Also, on the title track, “4:44”, Jay-Z raps:
“And 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 ménage à trois when you have a soulmate? / ‘You risked that for Blue?'”
Elsewhere on the track – Jay-Z’s response-of-sorts to Beyoncé’s similarly personal “Lemonade” – the rapper apologizes for marrying her before he was ready to commit, robbing her of her “innocence” and not being there during crucial moments of their relationship.
He says in lyric, “I apologize for all the stillborns / Cause I wasn’t present, your body wouldn’t accept it.”
“I never wanted another woman to know / Something about me that you didn’t know. I promised, I cried, I couldn’t hold / I suck at love, I think I need a do-over / I will be emotionally available if I invited you over / I stew over what if you over my sh**?”
In the song’s final verse, Jay-Z admits: “I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes. Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles / Took me too long for this song.”
There is also a song called “Smile” featuring his mom Gloria Carter, who comes out as gay on the track.
He raps, “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian. Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate. Society shame and the pain was too much to take. Cried tears of joy when you fell in love. Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her. I just wanna see you smile through all the hate. Marie Antoinette, baby, let ‘em eat cake.”
At the end of the song, Gloria has her own verse in which she talks about “living in the shadow” where it “feels like the safe place to be.”