JAY-Z Says His Relationship With Beyonce “Wasn’t Totally Built on the 100 Percent Truth”

JAY-Z's new album 4:44 is a lot to take in.

The rapper, who's about to secure his 14th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, is releasing Footnotes for the record. Following the one for "The Story of O.J. Simpson," which centered around crippling racism, a Footnote for the album title track became available today (July 10).

The clip features interviews a candid interview with JAY, as well as Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Will Smith, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari and Michael B. Jordan.

One of the biggest takeaways? Jigga revealing how he finally learned to love and, for the first time ever, comments on his once imploding relationship with Beyonce.

“What I thought, when I met my dad, was, ‘Oh, I’m free to love now,'” he says. “But it’s like, ‘Yeah, but how are you gonna do it? You wanna do it, I get it, but how are you gonna do it? You’ve never won this before. No one informs you how to do it. You don’t even have the tools to do it.’ ‘I don’t know. But I’m gonna do it.’ That’s why I say, ‘You matured faster than me. I wasn’t ready.'”

“This is my real life,” he adds. “I ran into this place and [Beyonce and I] built this big, beautiful mansion of a relationship that wasn’t totally built on the 100 percent truth, and then it starts cracking, and then things start happening that the public can see.”

“We had to go to a point where it was like, ‘Tear this down and let’s start from the beginning.' It’s hard. Remember, I’m from Marcy Projects. [Been] shot at. Nothing is harder than this. By far, I’m telling you, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Most humans, us, we’re not willing to put ourselves through that. Most people give up.”

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