JAY-Z Addresses Kanye West Feud on ‘4:44’

JAY-Z uses his freshly-unveiled 4:44 to address many personal and global issues, but he also finds time to discuss his Watch the Throne collaborator Kanye West and their rumored feud.

On the opening track, “Kill Jay Z,” Hova speaks to himself about a variety of topics, including his relationship with Yeezy. “You ain’t a saint,” he raps to himself. “This ain’t ‘Kumba-yay’ / But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye / You gave him 20 million without blinkin’ / He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?”

In November, Kanye broke into a now-infamous rant during the Sacramento stop on his ill-fated “Saint Pablo World Tour.” “Jay Z, call me,” he said. “You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man.”

Just one month before that, West accused Jay of taking him off of Drake’s “Pop Style” because of “some TIDAL-Apple bullshit.” That same night, he added: “I can’t take this shit, bro. Our kids ain’t never even played together.”

This might be why Jay references Kanye’s son Saint with wordplay on the song, as a connector between his stream of consciousness and the Yeezy issue.

Later on the album, Hov arguably references Kanye’s “30 Hours” lyric about hitting the gym for “all chest, no legs” on “Bam.” “Ni**as is skippin’ leg day just to run they mouth,” he raps. “I be skippin’ leg day, I still run the world.”

While those references are on the album, there’s a rumored JAY-Z diss towards Kanye making its rounds that isn’t real. Shortly after the LP dropped, one Twitter user tweeted an invented lyric as if it appeared on the project: “And I never was a fan / My wife a queen not a Kardashian.”

The fake line picked up steam on Twitter, with close to 1,000 retweets. Others soon copied the lyric as if it were real, typing up their own tweets, and getting even more retweets for it. However, that lyric does not appear on the album.

JAY-Z and Kanye have a long history together, dating back to their collaborative work on The Dynasty: Roc La Familia and The Blueprint, before West launched his solo rap career. Yeezy would later commemorate their bond with “Big Brother,” a song that also celebrated 4:44’s lone producer No I.D. as his mentor.

“A idol in my eyes,” ‘Ye rhymed on the song. “God of the game / Heart of the city / Roc-A-Fella chain / Never be the same / Never be another / Number one, Young Hov / Also my big brother.”

Throughout their careers, JAY and ‘Ye have collaborated on tracks like “Run This Town,” “Monster,” “So Appalled,” “The Joy,” “Never Let Me Down,” and “The Bounce.” In 2011, the duo dropped their joint album Watch the Throne, which spawned hits like “Ni**as in Paris,” “Otis,” and “H.A.M.”

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Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s Twins’ Names Revealed

Allow them to introduce their twins.

After much speculation and anticipation, Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s twins’ names have been revealed as Rumi and Sir, according to TMZ.

The billion-dollar couple reportedly filed legal documents to trademark the names Rumi Carter and Sir Carter for their girl and boy, who were born on Monday (June 12).

The trademarks are wide-ranging, including trademarks for fragrances, cosmetics, key chains, baby teething rings, strollers, mugs, water bottles, hair ribbons, playing cards, tote bags, sports balls and rattles and novelty items.

If those are their names, Rumi and Sir will be joining their five-year-old big sister Blue Ivy as part of the Carter family. However, JAY-Z and Beyoncé have not officially announced the baby names yet.

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K. Michelle Debuts Shaved Head

K. Michelle has a new look.

The R&B songstress has traded in her long locks for a freshly-shaved head. Starting a new Instagram account, @ThePeopleIUsedToKnow, K. Michelle explained her new hairstyle.

“I cut it off, like I cut you off,” she wrote. “U picked your side, and i’m picking mine. The tough decision hasn’t cost me a dime, but the pretending you care is a waste of my time. Friendship ends when some are offered slot times.”

In one photo, her low-cropped hair is dyed pink. In others, it goes back to her natural dark brown color. “I’ve been learning, learning to be in love with myself. Im a grown ass woman,” she said.

They be like that bih fake and lately I heard she been bleaching. I just look at the hoes like y'all still reaching? #lyrics

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The mysterious new Instagram account appears to hint towards a new album from K. Michelle, presumably titled The People I Used to Know. The songstress added fuel to those rumors with a post that appears to tease 14 tracks.

“The people I used to know have some how turned me cold,” she wrote. “How u made me feel, your not stupid you have to know. So many I could line them up like ducks in a row, but on this album I’ll let u go. I’ll sing to you one more song, write down my last word, and after that to you, I will never be heard. How you gone take my love and not give none back? Where they do that at? 4 is 4 YOU. 14 people, 14 stories❤️ @thepeopleiusedtoknow.”

The album marks her fourth solo LP, following 2016’s More Issues Than Vogue, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

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JAY-Z’s Mother Comes Out as Lesbian on ‘Smile’

On his just-released 13th studio album 4:44, JAY-Z makes several revelations, including his mother’s sexuality.

On the first verse of “Smile,” JAY-Z celebrates his mom Gloria Carter as a lesbian. “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian,” he raps on the No I.D.-produced track. “Had to pretend so long, that she’s a thespian / Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society’s 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.”

On the song’s outro, JAY’s mom — who previously appeared on The Black Album’s “December 4th” — shares her personal journey. “Living in the shadow,” she says. “Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free, because that’s what you want them to see. Living two lives, happy, but not free.”

As the poem continues, she empowers others to come out from “the shadows” as well. “Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be,” she adds. “No harm for them, no harm for me. But life is short, and it’s time to be free. Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed. Smile.”

Following the song’s release, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) praised Gloria Carter for coming out to the public. “Lesbian women are all too often erased or excluded from narratives surrounding LGBTQ people,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “By sharing her truth with the world, Gloria Carter is increasing visibility of lesbian women of color at a critical time and sending a powerful message of empowerment to the entire LGBTQ community that is perfectly timed with the end of Pride Month.”

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New Music: Rick Ross feat. Anthony Hamilton – ‘Glory of War’

Just months after releasing Rather You Than Me, Rick Ross returns with “Glory of War,” his soulful single featuring Anthony Hamilton.

Backed by lush piano keys and Hamilton’s harmonizing, Rozay raps about the changes in his life. “I cut off some old friends and family members,” he rhymes. “Hope they know I’m the wrong ni**a, a cold villain / Haters still hating 50 million later / I’ma tell you like a player, better get some paper.”

It’s unclear where “Glory of War” will land, but it follows Renzel’s DJ Khaled collaborations “On Everything,” “Down for Life,” “Pull a Caper,” and “Whatever” off Grateful.

Ross also appears in the video for YFN Lucci’s “Heartless,” which dropped Thursday (June 29). Directed by Marc Diamond, the visual for the Long Live Nut banger finds much of its inspiration in The Town. Throughout the lethal, high-energy cinematic clip, the visual recreates moments from the 2010 Ben Affleck film, complete with nun masks and guns blazing.

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