JAY-Z opens up about love and Beyoncé in “Footnotes for 4:44,” an 11-minute short film about the title track off his just-released 13th album.
Much like “Footnotes for The Story of O.J.,” this clip features interviews with Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Will Smith, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Michael B. Jordan, and, of course, the man of the hour, Shawn Carter.
“What I thought, when I met my dad, was, ‘Oh, I’m free to love now,’” Jigga says in the video. “But it’s like, ‘Yeah, but how are you gonna do it? You wanna do it, I get it, but how are you gonna do it? You’ve never won this before. No one informs you how to do it. You don’t even have the tools to do it.’ ‘I don’t know. But I’m gonna do it.’ That’s why I say, ‘You matured faster than me. I wasn’t ready.’”
Typically guarded, Hov allows viewers to know more about his high-profile marriage to Beyoncé. “This is my real life,” he adds. “I ran into this place and we built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100 percent truth, and then it starts cracking, and then things start happening that the public can see.”
During brief, candid moments, Hov also explains how he and Bey were able to repair the issues from their past. “We had to go to a point where it was like, ‘Tear this down and let’s start from the beginning,’” he says. “It’s hard. Remember, I’m from Marcy Projects. [Been] shot at. Nothing is harder than this. By far, I’m telling you, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Most humans, us, we’re not willing to put ourselves through that. Most people give up.”
Hov addresses his relationship and his flaws on “4:44,” which acts as the title track to his latest album. According to him, Beyoncé heard the cut after it was recorded. “I just played it,” he says. “We got to a place where we’re like, ‘In order for this to work, this can’t be fake, not one ounce.’ I’m not saying it wasn’t uncomfortable, because obviously, it was, but because we’ve been doing this for so long, it was less uncomfortable.”
Once the “Footnotes” end, viewers can watch a brief preview of the “Bam” music video, which was shot in Kingston, Jamaica, featuring young children playing soccer and Hov rocking a green camo jacket with his signature New York Yankees fitted cap. The video is set to drop Friday at 4:44 p.m. ET and follows the visuals for “4:44” and “The Story of O.J.”
Earlier today, Jigga also announced the “4:44 Tour,” which is set to kick off Oct. 27 in Anaheim, Calif. The tour comes in support of his 13th album, which is projected to top the Billboard 200 following a week of TIDAL exclusivity.