Jay-Z's new album 4:44 comes hot off the heels of wife Beyoncé giving birth to his twins, who have just gone home from the hospital. And the passionate full-length is making waves in unexpected places.
Take the song "Kill Jay Z," which is a harsh self-reflection of his life's missteps that contains a seemingly random jab at singer Eric Benét, who was once married to Halle Berry.
"You almost went Eric Benét/Let the baddest girl in the world get away," he rapped, referring to himself and Bey. "I don't even know what else to say/N****, never go Eric Benét!"
Eric responded good-naturedly to say that he's quite happy with his current wife, thank you very much.
The song is "not to be taken literal," Jay told iHeartRadio. "It’s really about the ego. It’s about killing off the ego, so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty."
The album contains other fiery statements, including a possible admission that he may have had an affair with the infamous "Becky with the good hair" from Lemonade, tough love for Kanye West, and a bold criticism of the handling of the estate of the late icon Prince — who used to be married to Manuela Testolini, Eric Benét's wife. See what he did there? You'll have to listen to the whole album to connect all the dots.