When New York’s hip-hop business mogul and top-tier rap veteran Jay-Z drops an album, you take a seat, plug in your aux cord and you listen.
Many fans found themselves in this fortunate predicament on Friday (June 30) when Mr. Carter dropped the 10 revelatory tracks of his 4:44 album upon us, a move he cryptically warned us about weeks earlier.
Now that fans have finally taken a listen, they aren’t the only ones on 10 tracks worth of a cloud nine for Jay’s thirteenth studio project, as Hollywood was brought together in a universal listening of the full-length TIDAL exclusive as well. From Hov’s fellow hip-hop New Yorkers like Nicki Minaj, to West Coast’s territory keepers like Kendrick Lamar all the way down to the A with Atlanta trap VIP 2 Chainz, a collective kudos is waiting at Jay’s front door after other hip-hop artists have hit play on the crisp new album.
See some of the thumb-ups we caught from the rap circle below.
4:44. WOW. MASTER TEACHER.— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) June 30, 2017
Just got off the plane in Portugal and went straight to that jay z album shit is fire— FAT JOE (@fatjoe) June 30, 2017
I love Jay Z— HOOD POPE (@ASAPferg) June 30, 2017
Oh so u niggaz gon sit up here & act like #Wifey aint BEEN tell y'all 1. Don't lose the baddest girl in the world. #EricBenet 2. Stop throwing money ya ass ain't rlly got. 3. Stop posting them tired stacks on the gram 😂😂😂😂 oh but when Jay say it it's #bible tho. Bad btchs unite!!!! We ain't BEEN droppin jewels on these niggaz behind closed doors? 😩😂😭😭😭 tuh! 😅😛😘❣️ every girl is making one of these 3 faces at a nigga right now. 😭 womp womp #PrettyGang 💛 #FAX
Day I played jay 'Rather you than me'.He played 2 off 4:44.My admiration for this brother goes beyond Maybach pt1,Freemasons,Devil is a Lie.This is one of the few examples of #hustle I can look to that inspires even myself.Sports management,champagne and spirits to Tidal.support the culture,subscribe now and enjoy the album.
Some of y'all forgot Jay Z know how to rap. Like, really well.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) June 30, 2017
Album full of jewels & therapy… just all this perspective…. this is wild.— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) June 30, 2017
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