Artist of the Week: Jay-Z

After going on hiatus for nearly four years, the 47-year-old music mogul is back into the music scene with a controversial effort titled '4:44'.

AceShowbiz - Shortly after welcoming twin children with his wife %cBeyonce Knowles%, %cJay-Z% made a grand comeback in music by releasing his first album in almost four years. Titled "4:44", the album was a joint project between Tidal and Sprint. The ten-track studio effort, which followed up 2013's "Magna Carta... Holy Grail", went platinum in less than a week.

The album has received critical acclaim from fellow rappers like %cKendrick Lamar% and %cSnoop Dogg% following its release. However, some artists, such as %cFuture% and %cEric Benet%, were displeased that Jigga addressed their cheating scandals on his album. %c50 Cent% was also not impressed by the effort, calling it "golf course music."

Compared to Jiggas's previous albums, "4:44" might be his most controversial, emotional and raw effort. He enlisted his mother Gloria Carter for a song titled "Smile", which found her coming out as a lesbian. Meanwhile, on the title track "4:44", the music mogul showed his vulnerable side as he apologized to his wife for cheating on her and often womanizing.

He recently said of the title track, "I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning. 4:44 A.M., to write this song. So it became the title of the album and everything. It's the titled track because it's such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I've ever written."

For the physical release, Jigga provided three bonus tracks, including "Adnis", %cJames Blake%-assisted song "ManyFacedGod" and "Blue's Freestyle/We Family", which featured his daughter Blue Ivy rapping for 45 seconds straight.

Jay-Z is set to headline a number of festivals in the next few months. He is also said to be ready to kick off a tour in support of "4:44" this fall. The upcoming trek will be promoted by Live Nation, with whom the rapper signed a touring deal, reportedly worth $200 million, back in May.

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