Over time, we’ve come to acknowledge Roc Nation’s rap and business legend JAY-Z by many monikers: Hov, Jay Z, Jay, Sean Carter and Jigga, to name a few.
But with the arrival of his 13th studio undertaking, we all have some keyboard memory adjusting to do, as Pitchfork announces that he’s returning a hyphen and a caps-lock update to his formerly recognized “Jay Z” title. Confirmed from a Roc Nation representative, the name change (or reimplementation, rather) accompanies his forthcoming 4:44 album as well. Hopefully for fans who were alive long enough to witness his career-long series of name swaps, however, Jay will give everyone some time to get used to his new way and spelling of things.
See fans’ hilarious concerns below.
So, in the news tonight, after changing his name from Jay-z to Jay Z, now he's changed his name again to all caps JAY Z. Call it confusing! pic.twitter.com/2KUh81bS0I— P (@comesngoz) June 19, 2017
*cries in iTunes OCD* https://t.co/6sqBSGm1lR— Ciara (@Ciara_BK) June 19, 2017
lol you're crazy for this one Jay https://t.co/7LlSljRMJN— Eric Renner Brown (@ericrennerbrown) June 19, 2017
Seriously are we getting Jay-Z with the hyphen or JAY Z? Cause uh that'll determine if the joint will be big fye.— New Jodeci fan acc (@TL0ading_) June 19, 2017
I am tired of taking the hyphen out on iTunes and putting it back in, c'mon Jay https://t.co/RodawhvqoO— Betsy DeNos (@kayla_jpg) June 19, 2017
He needs to bring back the umlaut from Reasonable Doubt. https://t.co/zKtLustC0Z— Matt L'Orange (@lowrangerover) June 19, 2017
Jay Z really changed his name to JAY-Z ? all caps with the hyphen? While we're in 2017 he's already in 2444. #BossMove— Artha Upendo (@ArthaUpendo) June 19, 2017
I refused to acknowledge the dismissal of the hyphen. Glad he came back to his senses. https://t.co/8luCq1vtKG— Rich Homie Svi (@aaamackay) June 19, 2017
*heads to chalkboard*— adelle. (@adelleplaton) June 19, 2017
I WILL NOT WRITE JAY Z. I WILL NOT WRITE JAY Z. I WILL NOT WRITE JAY Z. I WILL NOT WRITE JAY Z https://t.co/bZ047ntdB6
Jay Z changed his name to JAY-Z? When you finally learn how to write correctly.— Andrew (@AndrewBasstard) June 19, 2017
So Jay changed his name from Jay Z to JAY-Z…4:44 a confirmed classic— Jefe El Chivo (@YGARTTD) June 19, 2017
Jay-Z/Jay Z/JAY-Z makes it really difficult to be a copy editor sometimes... https://t.co/zjrn04ZPRs— Daniel Toy (@dw_toy) June 19, 2017
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