I think I speak for all but the most committed members of the Male Beyhive when I say that I'm not at all concerned with how I'll be listening to the new Jay Z album. In fact, I might not even listen to it.
It was announced the other day that a new Jay Z album, 4:44, would be released this coming Friday, and then Prodigy died, thus shifting the conversation, which is just rude. Now that every guy (and not a single girl) of a certain age has had a chance to announce that he, too, used to listen to Mobb Deep, I wouldn't be surprised if Jay Z is back in the news this week.
The announcement of 4:44 seems like it was timed to coincide with the birth of Jay and Beyoncé's new twins, Frick and Frack, and I wouldn't be surprised if another such announcement was forthcoming. We've yet to find out their (real) names or even their gender—to the extent that that even matters in 2017.
Supposedly, they were born slightly premature and suffering from jaundice. Hopefully, that yellow tint clears up in time for a photo op. If it takes until next week, that's no good for Sprint and JP Morgan Chase, the true owners of Tidal.
As was the case with the past few Jay Z albums, there's a marketing tie-in with the release of 4:44. In this case, I think the album is exclusive to Tidal, but you might be able to listen for free if your phone is through Sprint. Whether that free listen is through a separate app, like with Magna Carta Holy Grail, or if this is just a free 10-day trial version of Tidal I'm not sure.
If you have to have Tidal to listen to it, hardly anyone will be able to, because hardly anyone has Tidal. A while back, it was announced that Tidal had 3 million subscribers, compared to 50 million paying subscribers for Spotify (which you can also listen to for free), but supposedly that's not even true; they somehow faked that number.
Still, for what it's worth, Sprint recently bought a third of Tidal for $200 million, valuing the streaming music service at more than 10 times what Jay Z paid for it. If he never makes any more money from Tidal, which he might not, he's already made back his initial investment. He's not dumb!
The question is, do I need to hear a 48-year-old Jay Z trying to rap? And the answer is no, no I don't. Jay Z hasn't truly been worth a shit since the 1990s, and certain recent developments have me concerned that he could be worse than ever on this new album.
Specifically, Jay went on Twitter the other day (no!) and thanked every single rapper there ever was, by name. I'm sorry, but that's just not behavior befitting someone who's about to make a great rap album. In order to succeed in any given field, but especially rap music, it's important to maintain a healthy disrespect for your competition.
Also, apparently there's some sort of visual component to this album, starring Moonlight's Mahershala Ali and Lethal Weapon's Danny Glover, which suggests to me that it might be Jay's version of Lemonade, Beyoncé's critically acclaimed, but not particularly well-liked, so-called visual album. The fact alone that Jay is seeking creative inspiration from Beyoncé albums is problematic, as they say, and my fear is that Glover and Ali might play lovers in this film.
Not that there's anything wrong with that...
 The thing is, when both of your parents are kinda light-skinted, how can you tell if that yellow tint is jaundice or your actual skin tone?