Beyoncé fans have been very honest about Jay Z’s latest album, 4:44, and his latest video has received as strong a reaction. Much like Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Jay Z has been releasing videos for songs on his new album, and the video for title track “4:44” came out last Friday.
Even though “4:44” has been viewed as an apology to Beyoncé for alleged infidelity, the visual accompaniment to the song is about far more. Bustle described the “4:44” video as “a tapestry of black culture, black love, black struggle, black pride, and black excellence,” and it includes references to Eartha Kitt, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Nina Simone. But as the video features footage of Beyoncé and Blue Ivy, fans of the Lemonade singer have taken Jay Z to task on Twitter.
Not everyone is impressed with the personal nature of the video and song, and the implications it might have on Beyoncé.
I could listen to the Beyoncé backup vocals on 4:44 without Jay-Z rapping for hours and not get sick of them.
— Shane (@ShaneMays23) July 8, 2017
I'm going to delete this, but I always wonder with Jay. Being truthful or riding Beyoncé's coattails? Ha!
— THE BEYHIVÉ (@TheBeyHiveTeam) July 7, 2017
So whoever said 4:44 was like Lemonade but Jay Z's version didn't need to insult Beyoncé like that.
— Marlee Reid (@_MarleeReid19_) July 8, 2017