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Everything We Know About a New Jay Z Album So Far

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It’s been over three years since Jay Z last released an album, 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, but if you are to believe the stars, the tea leaves and the whispers, that’s about to change. No doubt, Hov has been back on his rap ish lately, lending guest verses to Pusha T’s “Drug Dealers Anonymous” and DJ Khaled’s “I Got the Keys” and jumping on the remix to Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s “All the Way Up,” but has he caught the album bug?

Jay has been featured on recent songs in the past, such as DJ Khaled’s 2014 hit “They Don’t Love You No More,” so there’s more to the inkling that an album is coming than the fact that his pen’s been active. Many thought that Jay would want to issue his own musical statement in response to Beyonce’s April release Lemonade. In early May, Us Weekly quoted a source as saying, “Jay is working on an album telling his side of things.”

here’s more than hearsay and speculation though. In late April, Just Blaze, who constructed many of Jay’s classic sounds and records, said, “I have at least two albums worth of Jay Z material sitting in my vault. So it’s not that they ever have to worry about me leaking records or releasing information. I give people sneak peeks when it’s appropriate or when the artists want to do it.”

So when you put all the stray pieces together, what exactly do we know of Jay’s potential next album? Take a look below to get an idea of everything we know so far about a new Jay Z album.

  1. Vic Mensa Thinks the Music Is β€œFresh as F#*k”

    Mensa recently shed some light on his relationship with Jay and Beyonce, saying that they’re both smart, good people. As for what Hov has been working on, Mensa says, “I’ve heard a little bit of some Hov shit and it’s fresh as fuck, but I can’t say anything about anything else.”

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    The Album Has a Title and Might Be Done

    Jermaine Dupri sent Hov fans into a frenzy in July when he let this little bit go during a recent interview: “Me and Jay have conversations that I’m probably sure he doesn’t have with anybody… I know the name of Hov’s new album. It might be done.”

     

    3

    He Has Prerecorded Material

    Following the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rogue, Jay released “Spiritual” via TIDAL, noting that he recorded the song “awhile ago.” His flow on the track nears spoken word, the instrumental filled with ominous sounding keys. In a written message Jay said that TDE’s Punch suggested he drop the song after Mike Brown was killed in 2014, meaning the track is at least two years old. The song was Jay’s first solo release in quite some time and could very well end up on the new album, or clue in to what it might sound like.

    4

    A New LP Could Be a Beyonce Collaboration

    There was a notion that Jay would be looking to release a companion album to Beyonce’s Lemonade, his side of the story, so to speak, but in May, Us Weekly reported that the two were working on a project together, one source saying that they would never do an interview answering questions about their marriage, that “it’s more their style to respond through music.” What’s more, word then was that the project was completed and would be out on TIDAL sooner rather than later. The two have a long history of collaborating on singles, but a joint album would be on an entirely different level.

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    Zaytoven Collaboration May Appear

     

    JAYTOVEN

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    When a photo of Hov and producer Zaytoven popped up, hip-hop heads immediately took notice. Zay posted the image on his Instagram account, posing in front of Jay in what looks to be a studio. The caption? “Jaytoven.” Looks like these two could have some serious heat on the way.

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