Jay-Z released his thirteenth studio album “4:44,” 2017 which was a masterpiece that showcased his musical prowess, depth of character, and cultural relevance. This introspective and confessional album delved into themes of personal growth, family, wealth, and social justice. The album’s title track “4:44” was a poignant apology to his wife, Beyoncé, for past infidelities and a declaration of his love and commitment.
In 2018, Jay-Z’s 4:44 was a tour de force in the music industry, earning the artist an eight Grammy Award nominations. The album was a strong contender for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album, with its tracks receiving recognition in categories such as Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rap Song. Despite this remarkable feat, Jay-Z regrettably did not take home any awards that year.
However, Jay-Z’s disappointment with the outcome of the Grammy Awards was not kept under wraps. On his 2018 collaborative effort with Beyonce, “Apeshit,” he candidly expressed his frustrations through lyrics, rapping, “Tell the Grammys f**k that 0 for 8 shit.”
During a recent interview with TIDAL, Hov criticized the Grammys for snubbing his 13th album in its respective categories that year.
“In that moment, I was like, ‘They missed the opportunity,’ because people emulate success,” he said. “In that moment, that album, 4:44, was a moment for us to say, ‘Hip Hop is viewed as a young man’s sport. Now here is this album that could take us into the next sphere.’ I feel like they missed the moment.”
He further added that he didn’t feel bad for himself and in fact, partied till six in the morning.
“I didn’t feel bad for myself, because I know it’s the Grammys: I probably won some joints I shouldn’t have won and I probably lost some joints I should’ve won. That’s the way it goes, so I actually had a party. I had a great time, staying out until 6 in the morning.”
Jay-Z has so far won 24 Grammys in 88 nominations and received three nominations at this year’s event for his spectacular four-minute verse on DJ Khalid’s “God Did.” Stay tuned to Thirsty For News as we bring you similar stories.
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