He may have just welcomed twins with his wife, Beyoncé, but it definitely doesn't look like Jay Z is planning on taking much of a break from his work: early Monday, the rapper released a 30-second clip confirming weeks of rumors that he has a new album on the way. When will Jay Z's 4:44 come out? According to Vogue, the new album is set for a June 30 release.
As expected, 4:44 will be released exclusively on Tidal, but there's good news for Sprint customers: thanks to an acquisition deal back in January in which the telecommunications giant bought a 33 percent stake in the streaming service, Sprint users will now receive a free six-month Tidal trial subscription, according to Variety. One thing that's not yet clear though? Whether the album will also be available at some point on other streaming services, or to download (Beyoncé's Lemonade was initially a Tidal exclusive, for example, but later became available to stream and download elsewhere.)
Like his wife's highly anticipated concept album, Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail follow-up will almost definitely be a huge deal. And it seems like 4:44 may also be a Lemonade-esque visual album — although we shouldn't necessarily expect Jay Z to be the star.
According to Rolling Stone, rumors had previously been swirling that 4:44 was going to be a Tidal-only film starring Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong'o and Danny Glover, and that still appears to at least be sort of true. Both Ali and Glover appear in the teaser clip for 4:44, along with audio from Jay Z's new track, "Adnis," and it seems like the footage will actually be the video accompanying the album.
Unsurprisingly, confirmation of 4:44's upcoming release sent fans into a frenzy — which says a lot, given that many were already still trying to recover from news of the twins' birth. Although the couple has yet to officially comment, Beyoncé's dad Matthew Knowles confirmed the babies' arrival in an Instagram post Sunday, according to Us Weekly, amid reports that the couple reportedly welcomed a boy and a girl on June 12.
At this point, it definitely seems like an understatement to say that June has been a big month for Jay Z. He's welcomed two newborns into the world, is preparing to launch what could be one of his biggest albums yet, and last week, he also became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, according to E! News. And if that weren't already more than enough, Jay Z is also expected to hit the road the summer in support of his new album, according to Rolling Stone, because, hey, why not?
The world might still be waiting to hear from the couple before the rumors about the twins' arrival can finally be put to rest. But now that 4:44's release date has been confirmed, the speculation surrounding the project will at least be solved by the end of the month, when Jay Z's new album finally becomes available.