“Letter to my dad that I never wrote,” Jay Z raps on the track over images of Oscar-winning star Mahershala Ali and Danny Glover. “Speeches I prepared that I never spoke. Words on a paper that I never read.”
According to the teaser, and later confirmed by Sprint and TIDAL, the visual album will arrive on June 30.
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Jay Z last released a studio album in 2013. That record, Magna Carta… Holy Grail, was similarly shrouded in secrecy and debuted in collaboration with a mobile service (Samsung customers were able to download the record on July 4, four days before the general public).
4:44 will star Ali, Glover, and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.