From top to bottom, Jay-Z’s 4:44 album is filled with quotable lyrics to get through just about any situation. Whether it’s shading money phones, encouraging generational wealth or groveling in remorse over infidelities, if you’re going through it, there’s a 4:44 lyric with you in mind.
Veteran Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein tried his hand at quoting a 4:44 lyric in the wake of the New York Times running a piece detailing over reports of “sexual harassment” and “other misconduct” that allegedly span over the course of three decades but ultimately fell short.
In a separate statement released on the New York Times’ website, Weinstein wrote, “I hope that my actions will speak louder than words and that one day we will be able to earn their trust and sit down together with Lisa [Bloom] to learn more. Jay-Z wrote in 4:44 ‘I’m not the man I thought I was, and I better be that man for my children.’ The same is true for me...”
While Weinstein’s attempt to use Jay-Z’s lyrics to further express his sympathies is admirable, he was mistaken. The lyrics he quoted from 4:44 don’t appear on the critically acclaimed album.
Harvey Weinstein and Jay-Z might seem like an odd pair, but the two signed an exclusive film and television deal with Weinstein’s The Weinstein Company in 2016. The first project they completed was Time: The Kalief Browder Story. Next up, they’re gearing up to release a Trayvon Martin film and documentary based on the books Suspicion Nation by Lisa Bloom and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin written by Martin’s parents.
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