The internet has been reacting to the new Jay Z record

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On Friday, Jay-Z (once again with hyphen) released his 13th(ish) studio album, 4:44. The remarkably stripped back hip-hop record was produced entirely by mentor No ID, welcoming only three guests into the fold. One of which is Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, who offers a mantra for liberation. “Love who you love,” she implores. Her son has already discussed her sexuality.

It forms part of a theme of redemption and empowerment. Jay, real name Shawn Carter, focuses on his culture. On The Story of OJ he celebrates his success with notable humility. On Family Fued he takes on Becky, the one with the good hair. He admits to his infidelity.

4:44 is in part a response to wife Beyonce’s iconic Lemonade. Yet despite what certain corners of the internet would let you believe, it’s so much more. It’s about black liberation, a celebration of culture, and a man coming to terms with the reality of his decisions.

Understandably, the internet has gone wild.

For many, it’s all about respect.

For some, it’s inspiration.

For all, it’s about empowerment.

Some are calling it already.

We agree.

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