The theories surrounding Jay-Z‘s latest album are still rolling in with the most recent suggesting that the record could be titled after the infamous Solange elevator beat down.
“4:44” has sparked extensive conversation ever since it was released last month due to its unprecedented look behind closed doors of one of the world’s most famous couples. Throughout the album, the rapper talks openly about his personal life and marriage to pop superstar Beyoncé.
According to Jay-Z himself, “4:44” is a reference to the time he woke up and wrote the heartbreaking apology song to his wife, touching on his rumoured infidelities. The song features as the album’s title track.
“‘4:44’ is a song that I wrote, and it’s the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album. And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 a.m., to write this song,” he told iHeartRadio. “So it became the title of the album and everything. It’s the title track because it’s such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”
But despite Jay-Z’s own words, and the couple’s fascination with the number four – Jay was born on Dec. 4, Beyoncé was born on Sept. 4 – fans have jumped aboard a new theory which connects the triple fours to a moment from the “99 Problems” hitmaker’s past.
A Twitter user, Stephen Ossola, was at The Standard on Tuesday – the hotel where Beyoncé’s sister Solange assaulted the rapper in an elevator following the Met Ball in 2014 – and noticed that the hotel’s rooftop bar, Le Bain, is located at 444 West 13th Street.
Coincidence? Or could this address have played a part in the album’s title? Perhaps adding fuel to the fire, Jay-Z makes reference of the CCTV-filmed incident in “4:44″‘s opening track “Kill Jay-Z”: “You egged Solange on/ Knowin’ all along all you had to say you was wrong.”