Rumors have been swirling for quite some time that Jay Z is working on a new album. Damian Marley confirmed that he and Jay Z have been working on music together. As he told Billboard, “We did some work in the studio recently and he wanted to come to Jamaica to get a tour of the place.”
Vic Mensa has also mentioned he’s heard new HOV tracks, calling them “fresh as f**k” in an interview with Rap Up last year. In reference to a potential new Jay Z album, he admitted to Los Angeles’ Real 92.3 radio, “I actually don’t know any types of timelines or anything.” “I might have heard some, a little bit,” he explained.
After mysterious advertisements with the phrase “4:44” appeared on the internet last week, fans speculated it might have something to do with a new full length from the rapper and business mogul. It has since been revealed that 4:44 is a Tidal-produced film Danny Glover, Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali and Lupita Nyong’o. However, because of Tidal’s involvement, it could involve new music from Jay Z.
Other facts indicating a new Jay Z album is on the way – a studio session with Zaytoven back in November, Mike WiLL Made-It sending him beats in 2014, Swizz Beats saying Jay’s in “album mode,” and Jermaine Dupri claiming to know the new album’s name, as Billboard reports.
As of late, Jay Z has featured on DJ Khaled track "Shining” with Beyonce and joined Frank Ocean and Tyler, The Creator on "Biking.” His last full length was 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Revisit Jay Z's classic "99 Problems" below.
Also be sure to read our track review of “Biking” right here.
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