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If Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, has found himself a target for clashes throughout 4:44, it's not with Kanye, or Kendrick, or any other fellow musician. No: the Brooklyn rapper's struggle is entirely with himself. At 47, having nothing to prove to anyone, Jay-Z is not out to gauge the competition or battle the new generation. Rather, he is hitting the psychoanalyst's couch. And 4:44 makes for a beautiful couch to do just that. Solid, robust and nicely designed. The album was produced by Ernest Dion Wilson a.k.a. No I.D. (it's rare for Jay-Z to hand the keys to a single producer) and it remains true to the fundamentals of Jay-Z's work. No vaguely electro sounds, no contemporary beats. Jay-Z has made a classic album, a true Jay-Z album, with groovy and erudite choices of samples (Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Funk Inc., Donny Hathaway to name a few) over which he lays down introspective rhymes on the turpitudes of conjugal life with Mrs Carter (who features on Family Feud), and reflecting on his status and ego. He is restrained in his choice of other artists who feature, inviting only Frank Ocean and Damian Marley to the album. But after listening to the album several times over, 4:44 impresses with its precision, its workmanship, and a certain kind of perfection. Jay-Z made the revolution years ago. What's important to him now is to continue to rule and be respected. Mission accomplished. © MD/Qobuz

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1
Kill Jay Z
00:02:58

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jay-Z, MainArtist - No ID, Producer - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Parsons, ComposerLyricist - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Eric Woolfson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

2
The Story of O.J.
00:03:51

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jay-Z, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Celesta, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - No ID, Producer - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nina Simone, ComposerLyricist - Gene C. Redd, ComposerLyricist - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Crosby, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

3
Smile
00:04:49

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jay-Z, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Stevie Wonder, ComposerLyricist - No ID, Producer - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Gloria Carter, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

4
Caught Their Eyes
00:03:26

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Randy Newman, ComposerLyricist - Jay-Z, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - No ID, Producer - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Frank Ocean, FeaturedArtist - Lonnie Breaux, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

5
4:44
00:04:44

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Fauntleroy, Producer - Jay-Z, MainArtist - Kim Burrell, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - No ID, Producer - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Kanan Keeney, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

6
Family Feud
00:04:11

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Beyoncé Knowles, ComposerLyricist - Jay-Z, MainArtist - No ID, Producer - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Beyonce, FeaturedArtist - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Stuart White, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elbernita "Twinky" Clark-Terrell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

7
Bam
00:03:54

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Winston Riley, ComposerLyricist - Lewis, ComposerLyricist - Jay-Z, MainArtist - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - No ID, Producer - Jacob Miller, ComposerLyricist - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Damian Marley, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Casey Cuayo, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ophlin Russell, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Whalum, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Law Thomas, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonah Levine, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Crystal Rovel Torres, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan Mercereau, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

8
Moonlight
00:02:23

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Allen Henry McGrier, ComposerLyricist - Teena Marie Brockert, ComposerLyricist - Samuel Prakazrel Michel, ComposerLyricist - Jay-Z, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Lauryn Hill, ComposerLyricist - No ID, Producer - WYCLEF JEAN, ComposerLyricist - SALAAM REMI, ComposerLyricist - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - No I.D., ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

9
Marcy Me
00:02:54

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Terius Nash, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tozé Brito, ComposerLyricist - Jay-Z, MainArtist - Steve Wyreman, Guitar, Hammond Organ, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - No ID, Producer - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Mike Miller, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The-Dream, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jose Cid, ComposerLyricist - Ron Gilmore Jr., Sound Effects, AssociatedPerformer - Nate Mercereau, Guitar, Piano, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

10
Legacy
00:02:56

Shawn Carter, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Douglass, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - James Fauntleroy, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Donny Hathaway, ComposerLyricist - Jay-Z, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - No ID, Producer - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eddy Howard, ComposerLyricist - No I.D., ComposerLyricist - Blue Ivy Carter, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.

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If Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, has found himself a target for clashes throughout 4:44, it's not with Kanye, or Kendrick, or any other fellow musician. No: the Brooklyn rapper's struggle is entirely with himself. At 47, having nothing to prove to anyone, Jay-Z is not out to gauge the competition or battle the new generation. Rather, he is hitting the psychoanalyst's couch. And 4:44 makes for a beautiful couch to do just that. Solid, robust and nicely designed. The album was produced by Ernest Dion Wilson a.k.a. No I.D. (it's rare for Jay-Z to hand the keys to a single producer) and it remains true to the fundamentals of Jay-Z's work. No vaguely electro sounds, no contemporary beats. Jay-Z has made a classic album, a true Jay-Z album, with groovy and erudite choices of samples (Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Funk Inc., Donny Hathaway to name a few) over which he lays down introspective rhymes on the turpitudes of conjugal life with Mrs Carter (who features on Family Feud), and reflecting on his status and ego. He is restrained in his choice of other artists who feature, inviting only Frank Ocean and Damian Marley to the album. But after listening to the album several times over, 4:44 impresses with its precision, its workmanship, and a certain kind of perfection. Jay-Z made the revolution years ago. What's important to him now is to continue to rule and be respected. Mission accomplished. © MD/Qobuz

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