Snoop Dogg loves Jay-Z's 4:44, but doesn't understand Tidal

Snoop Dogg loves Jay-Z's 4:44, but doesn't understand Tidal

This is thanks to the production from No I.D., who-in a rare move in hip-hop-produced the entire album on his own, using a sampling of Jay-Z's favorite classic soul and funk songs.

"I always call Bey our de facto A&R (Artists and Repertoire)", he tells The New York Times.

No I.D., real name Dion Wilson, also reveals that while JAY-Z used certain songs to address claims of infidelity made on Beyonce's Lemonade release, he and the hip-hop veteran "never directly spoke about that album".

On opening track Kill Jay Z (minus the hyphen), he seems keen to bury the street-hustling mentality and inflated ego that drove so many of his past songs in favour of his current status as a family man: "You had no father, you had the armour/But you got a daughter, gotta get softer/Die Jay Z, this ain't back in the days". With understated boom-bap percussion, dusty piano keys and thoughtful sample selection, No I.D. sets the ideal stage for Hov to share some of the most honest and introspective verses of his career. "Of course she's genius-level with that".

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But what we do know is that any material that Jay-Z released afterward would be involved in the same conversation as Lemonade. Mainly because if he talks about himself, it's going to bleed into that regardless. But theres a difference in talking about it for the sake of response and for the sake of honesty and the truth. Fans have watched him age over the years, but here, 13 albums into his formidable career, we finally see him mature.

"You nearly went Eric Benet, let the baddest girl in the world get away". Naturally, those unwilling to pay for the website's $9.99 per month subscription fee have been left unable to listen to "4:44" until it becomes available elsewhere.

Snoop Dogg has confessed to listening to a pirated version of JAY-Z's new album.