At this point, it's pretty much a known fact that Beyoncé and JAY-Z are the unofficial (or, official?) Queen and King of today's music scene. Their lives are closely followed, their appearances tracked to a scarily accurate degree, and when they show up at any event together, it immediately becomes news-worthy. The couple has power, that much is an understatement. And with the reported birth of their new twins, and release of JAY-Z's latest album, they're dominating the presses once again. But, as reviews have hailed JAY-Z's 4:44 album, one question remains: Was Beyoncé involved in 4:44? JAY-Z's producer has finally spoken out, and the answer will definitely make you smile.
According to JAY-Z's own producer, No I.D., "I always call Bey our de facto A&R," he explained. "Pillow talk is the strongest conversation on the planet. Every song has to get past her ears, in my eyes."
Streaming exclusively on JAY-Z's own site, Tidal, 4:44 has been the talk of the town since its premiere on June 30. Fans were quick to point to lyrics that seemed to comment on many of the claims Bey made in 2016's Lemonade, including rumors that JAY-Z cheated on his wife. Being hailed as "revolutionary", 4:44 also makes a beautiful statement about JAY-Z's own mother, in which she comes out as lesbian in the aptly named Smile.
Speaking withThe New York Times, producer No I.D., 46, praised Beyoncé's involvement with the album. "She came by a lot and played a good part in helping us get over hurdles on certain records," he said. "Of course, she’s genius-level with that."
No I.D. also provided some insight into the lyrics in 4:44 that seem to address Bey's Sorry. Specifically, when JAY-Z raps, "Yeah, I'll f--k up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone Becky," in Family Feud. Listeners were quick to point out that this lyric was a direct response to Bey's Sorry, in which she sings, "He only want me when I'm not there / He better call Becky with the good hair."
According to No I.D.,
The truth needs to explain why you are the way you are, why you did what you did. We know what happened. We got it. But what were the circumstances that led to this and how do you feel about it?
Clearly, since Bey herself was so closely involved in the album-making process, she knew what JAY-Z was going to say about the infamous Becky. And, as music and art can be so incredibly healing, hopefully the Carter family has worked through whatever they need to work through.
Although that's really only their business, isn't it?