Jay Z is out here spitting bars about infidelity, floating over Nina Simone samples, firing off subliminals in the direction of his contemporaries, and all-around proving his lyrical abilities haven't diminished as he closes in on 48 years of life.
There's a lot happening on 4:44, and fans are still deciphering every lyric on the 10-song project. That said, there's one bar Hov didn't rap on the title track that's been circulating online, and it's causing some unnecessary controversy.
Behold, the fake news rap of 2017:
"My wife a queen not a Kardashian"
It's unclear at this time who shared it first, but once it got out there, people latched onto it with reckless abandon.
Luckily, there were some truthers attempting to prevent this lie from spreading.
There are a few reasons why the fake lyric gained momentum. For one, Jay Z and Kanye West's relationship status seems to be in limbo after 'Ye complained about Hov at a Saint Pablo Tour stop last October. Among some of his issues: a collaboration with Drake that went south, a claim that their kids can't play together, and Jay Z calling instead of visiting the West family after the Paris robbery.
There's also the ongoing theory that Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian hate each other, or at the very least have no intention to spend time together, which could possibly explain why North and Blue Ivy aren't having play dates.
Finally, and this isn't meant to be a slight, but let's face it: not that many people subscribe to Tidal compared to Apple Music or Spotify. While some fans may have been legitimately streaming 4:44 and live-tweeting their thoughts, others were replicating Kermit looking out the window and got caught up trying to be a part of the conversation.
So there you have it. Hov didn't take a shot at Kim. Kanye, on the other hand...