Congratulations Jay Z, it’s a new album!
At first it will be available “exclusively” to customers of Jay Z’s Tidal service and Sprint, to which he sold a share of Tidal in January.
It has a name, “4:44,” and it apparently has a video. A short, moody clip of “Moonlight” Oscar winner Mahershala Ali playing a boxer and Danny Glover as his trainer has been posted.
“Letter to my dad that I never wrote/Speeches I prepared that I never spoke/Words on a paper that I never read/Prose is never penned, they stayed in my head,” Jay Z raps in the clip.
The hip-hop mogul had launched an enigmatic campaign recently but what exactly he was advertising wasn’t clear until now, Billboard noted.
The release will mark his first studio album since 2013’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” Entertainment Tonight reported.
Jay Z will have several opportunities to show off his new material live, including the Made in America fest in Philadelphia Sept. 2-3 and the Meadows Festival at Citi Field in New York City on Sept. 15, the New York Daily news reported.
In a press release, Sprint President Marcelo Claure called Jay Z a “global icon” in announcing the album first-look offer to Sprint customers.