The New York Times is keeping 4:44 on repeat mode. The iconic news publication has delivered an epic pro-JAY-Z review of his latest solo offering.
While the publication admits not getting won over by JAY’s 2013 Magna Carta Holy Grail, it applauds Young Hov for taking a grown man and almost therapeutic approach with the chart-topping release.
“4:44” is Tony Soprano at his first couple of sessions with Dr. Melfi. He’s not totally sure why he’s here and is occasionally petty about it. Jay-Z acknowledges the pain he caused without entirely agreeing to own it. It’s the production, by the longtime hip-hop and R&B producer No I. D., that most gives the album its psychology. He puts samples by the Alan Parsons Project, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, the Clark Sisters and Hannah Williams & the Affirmations to masterly use. Where Jay-Z is inclined to be passive, the music insinuates. It makes him seem more culpable, vulnerable, spiritual and transparent than he might even realize. No I. D. is a studio wizard. He’s also Dr. Melfi. (New York Times)
Recently, rap trio The LOX weighed-in on JAY’s latest solo offering and named their fave songs.
A few days ago, rap veteran Lupe Fiasco penned an extensive 4:44 review.
Despite some stiff competition last week, JAY’s 4:44 easily dominated the music sales chart.
Following a one-week Tidal exclusive, Jay-Z’s 4:44 became available to purchase, as well as stream at most major DSPs—with the exception of Spotify, whose free tier took them out of the game. That said, the Roc Nation set has gone #1 on HITS’ Sales Plus Streaming (SPS) Chart, moving 278k units this week. Slaughter Gang/Epic newcomer 21 Savage celebrates an impressive 74k bow for his debut studio album, Issa Album. (HITS Daily Double)
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