Jay Z to Drop New Album, 4:44, on June 30

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tidal
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tidal

It’s been a busy month for Jay Z. The rapper and businessman recently welcomed twins with his wife, Beyoncé; he was recently inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame; and in an essay on Father’s Day, he tackled the “exploitative” U.S. bail industry. And now, after a bit of teasing, the rapper has just dropped the release date for his latest album, 4:44.


Early Monday morning, Tidal tweeted out that the album would be available on June 30, exclusively on the streaming website (because of course), and also for Sprint customers.


According to Pitchfork, the film of the same name accompanying the album, which stars Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o and Danny Glover, will also be released on the same date, although it is not fully clear whether 4:44 will be a visual album like Beyoncé’s Lemonade or just a companion piece.

In preparation for the album drop, a snippet of a new track, “Adnis,” was also shared late Sunday night.


Well, if there’s one thing Hov knows how to do, it’s hustle. So who’s gonna cop Tidal (if you don’t already have it) for the album drop? Unless you really want to switch to Sprint but [redacted].

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I knew there was more to Jay’s sudden stand for bailing dads out. From what I have gathered, he doesn’t do anything that doesn’t position him to promote a project or enhance his “halo effect.”

Shout out to Color of Change, the Movement for Black Lives and all the other orgs that joined together to develop and facilitate National Bail Out Day, BTW.

“...if you don’t already have it...”

Well played Breanna, well. Played! Y’all gone have to pry Spotify from my cold, dead hands! I love me some Rihanna, and even I waited until ANTI was on iTunes to cop it rather than sign up for Tidal.

After 10 long years of questionable service, I switched from Sprint to AT&T and never looked back!