For a while, it looked as though 4:44 would merely be the friends we made along the way. Tidal, Twitter hype, and teasers conspired to convince us that there was a new Jay Z record coming, before we collectively snapped back and figured that it was a movie with Mahershala Ali and Danny Glover or something. A couple weeks on and, yes, it probably is still that movie. But it is a Jay Z album too. It's out June 30. Tidal confirmed the news on Twitter late Sunday night.
A 30-second clip on Tidal shows the same footage that aired in a commercial break during Game 3 of the NBA finals, with Ali laying into a punching bag held by Glover. But now, there are Hov bars in the background. Fittingly, there's a Fathers Day message to them:
Letter to my dad that I never wrote
Speeches I prepared that I never spoke
Words on a paper that I never read
Prose is never pen, they stayed in my head
On Tidal, the clip is titled "Adnis," but there's little information available beyond that. A press release announcing the project hypes up Sprint's cell service—they spent $200 million to buy 33 percent of Tidal earlier this year—but it doesn't offer much on the record. 4:44 out June 30, Tidal customers get to hear it first (of course), and the word "album" is used five times, so there's no ambiguity there.
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