Believe it or not, Beyoncé had a hand in Jay-Z’s latest LP.
On Friday, the rapper broke the internet with the release of 4:44, which many believed to be a response to Bey’s juicy Lemonade, dropped nearly a year prior. In his first track, “Kill Jay-Z,” he raps. “You egged Solange [Knowles] on knowing all along all you had to say you was wrong.”
In another verse he referenced Halle Berry’s famous ex, Eric Benét, who the actress separated from following rumors of infidelity, saying, “You almost went Eric Benét, let the baddest girl in the world get away. Never go Eric Benét.” Of course, it didn’t take much for fans to speculate even more about rumors that the music mogul had stepped out on his superstar singer wife.
Now, according to the rapper’s producer, No I.D., whose real name is Dion Wilson, Bey was involved in the making of her hubby’s album.
In an interview with the New York Times, No I.D. revealed that the 35-year-old listened to every song and helped them “get over hurdles.”
“I always call Bey our de facto A&R,” he said. “Pillow talk is the strongest conversation on the planet. Every song has to get past her ears, in my eyes. She came by a lot and played a good part in helping us get over hurdles on certain records. Of course, she’s genius-level with that.”
When asked if Bey’s Lemonade was ever mentioned in the studio, I.D. admitted that they “never directly spoke about that album.”
“Mainly because if he talks about himself, it’s going to bleed into that regardless,” he explained. “But there’s a difference in talking about it for the sake of response and for the sake of honesty and the truth. The truth needs to explain why you are the way you are, why you did what you did. We know what happened. We got it. But what were the circumstances that led to this and how do you feel about it?”
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