I am a music head. I love all types of music (with the exception of heavy metal) and listen to everything from the instrumentals and samples to the lyricism and passion behind the music. I have been a Jay Z fan since before I could remember; that’s usually what you get having an older brother and cousins from Brooklyn.
So, you can only imagine how elated I was to see Jay coming out with a new album, especially named 4:44 (if you follow the Beyonce Jay Z saga you’ll know they have a special connection with the number 4). I started to prepare myself for an introspective album that would let us into the very private life of Jay Z and his family. I had a feeling that it would at the very least be filled with things that he has learned over the years (Jay has always been clutch the the lesson plans) and a great compilation of musical complexity that Jay incorporates into his music.
With that being said, here are a few things I would like for you to take from the album:
“Die Jay-Z, this ain't back in the days
You don't need an alibi, Jay Z
Cry Jay Z, we know the pain is real
But you can't heal what you never reveal” -Kill Jay-Z
WHEW, I could start a dissertation on this alone, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. You can evolve and grow into the man you want to be. At this point in your life you are old enough and do not have to justify your growth to other people. However, take note that you in order to reach your next level you need to confront the issues/challenges that have been holding you back. If you continue to suffocate them you are only stunting your growth and holding yourself back. Coming to terms with why you are the way you are and explaining that to the people you love can help you move past any fear that’s holding you back.
“A man that don't take care his family can't be rich
I watched Godfather, I miss that whole sh*t”
Being rich shouldn’t be defined solely by your financial wealth, and if you can’t or won’t take care of your family are you truly rich? And if so, rich in what? Fellas, it takes a village to raise a child. If you have the means to help support your family you will see your wealth returned ten-fold. Family brings meaning, love and joy to your life. Remember if they aren’t good, it’s very possible that you won’t be either.
“Financial freedom my only hope
Fuck livin' rich and dyin' broke” -The Story of O.J
We have to get rid of this notion that we have to live life like there’s no tomorrow (I guess unless you never plan on having a family (nuclear or extended). The only way we continue to live on is through our legacy. We have to start investing in the future of the lives that will come after us. There is no reason that each generation should have to continually start from scratch or in debt because we were too busy adorning ourselves with materialistic showcases of success and wealth instead of actually building it. By investing in land, art, education etc we continue to build a life for our families long after we are gone.
I started in lobbies, now parley with Saudis
I'm a Sufi to goofies, I could probably speak Farsi
That's poetry,..” -Marcy Me
It doesn’t matter where you came from if you are willing to put in the work once you find your passion. You can truly go from where you are today to somewhere your dreams haven’t even conjured yet. Take note, by studying the greats (Jay is referring to the poet Rumi) you can only continue to climb up a ladder of success and growth. Do not limit yourself from learning from other cultures, religions and walks of life because everyone has a lesson they can teach you just have to be open to receiving the message.
There are many people that admire Jay Z and others that cannot stand him, that’s perfectly fine. I do believe that you have to respect him. With each verse, song, album and business plan; Jay continues to share the knowledge he has acquired over the years,
“trying to give you a $1,000,000 worth of game for $9.99” - The Real O.J
As a man worth over $800 million, closing in on the race to a billion (between Diddy, Jay Z and Dr. Dre), married to the force who is Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and has been in the company of Oprah and Warren Buffet I believe there is something we all can learn from him.
So tell us, what have you taken from 4:44?
Three women going through life.