Early Friday morning, Jay-Z released his new album (exclusively on Tidal, sorry) and all anyone cares about is the title track, 4:44, and a few other lines floating around the album like truth bombs. It's a big deal for reasons that have little to do with hip hop and more with gossip.

Because on the album, Jay-Z raps these words:

"Yeah, I'll fuck up a good thing if you let me / Let me alone, Becky"

What did the internet do without Donald Trump as POTUS? Well, in 2016 it had Becky. Becky had "the good hair," said Beyonce on Lemonade, and Becky with the good hair had Jay-Z . Extra-maritally. Scandalously.


“He only want me when I’m not there / He better call Becky with the good hair.”

And it was only ever "allegedly," until now.

Oh, and Jay-Z also seemed to address that massive tabloid moment when Solange attacked him an elevator. He admitted: "You egg Solange on knowing all along all you had to say was you was wrong."



Jay had teased a response to his wife's cheating allegations in music before. On an All the Way Up remix in May 2016, he rapped:

You know you made it when the fact / Your marriage made it is worth millions / Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is / Survival of the littlest.


You know you've lost some music cache when your most shocking lyrics are all confirming your wife's accusations of infidelity, but let's see how much of the Beyhive signs up for Tidal before we mock him.


Here's the rest of Jay-Z's lyrics on the track 4:44, and I've taken the liberty of bolding the parts about cheating. You're welcome. Via Rap Genius:

Look, I apologize, often womanize
Took for my child to be born
See through a woman's eyes
Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles
Took me too long for this song
I don't deserve you, I harass you out in Paris
Please come back to Rome, you make it home
We talked for hours when you were on tour
Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone
Said: "Don't embarrass me," instead of "Be mine"
That was my proposal for us to go steady
That was your 21st birthday, you mature faster than me
I wasn't ready, so I apologize
I've seen the innocence leave your eyes
I still mourn this death, I apologize for all the stillborns
'Cause I wasn't present, your body wouldn't accept it
I apologize to all the woman whom I
Toyed with your emotions because I was emotionless

I apologize 'cause at your best you are love
And because I fall short of what I say I'm all about
Your eyes leave with the soul that your body once housed
And you stare blankly into space
Thinkin' of all the time you wasted in on all this basic shit
So I apologize

I apologize, our love was one for the ages and I contained us
And all this ratchet shit and we more expansive now
Meant to cry and die alone in these mansions
Or sleep with our back turned
We're supposed to vacay 'til our backs burn
We're supposed to laugh 'til our hearts stops
And then we end a space with a dark stop
And let love light the way
Like the men before me, I cut off my nose to spite my face
I never wanted another woman to know
Something about me that you didn't know

I promised, I cried, I couldn't hold
I suck at love, I think I need a do-over
I will be emotionally available if I invited you over
I stew over what if you over my shit?

And if my children knew, I don't even know what I would do
If they ain't look at me the same
I would prob'ly die with all the shame
"You did what with who?"
What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate?
"You risked that for Blue?"

If I wasn't a superhero in your face
My heart breaks for the day I had to explain my mistakes
And the mask goes away and Santa Claus is fake
And you go online and see
For Blue's tooth, the tooth fairy didn't pay


Keep your eyes glued to Twitter for the rest of the weekend. Jay-Z just pulled the fire alarm.