Producer: No I.D., James Blake
Album: n/a
Label: Roc Nation/Universal

When Tidal first began advertising 4:44 with enigmatic teaser trailers starring Mahershala Ali and Danny Glover, the ghostly piano loop of “Adnis” was the first music the public heard from the project. But the song didn’t make the cut for the pared-down 10-track album, and wasn’t available in full until a few weeks later as a bonus track on a deluxe edition. Shawn Carter first rapped about the father he barely knew on The Black Album, shortly after Adnis Reeves died in 2003. But “Adnis” is a more vulnerable, almost a hushed spoken word flow about the “letter to my dad that I never wrote.”