Jay-Z has appeared to admit to cheating on Beyonce in his latest album, 4:44, which got a surprise release exclusively on streaming service Tidal Friday morning.
Lyrics on the rapper's first record in four years seemingly confirm the rumours which emerged following the release of his wife's critically acclaimed visual album Lemonade last year.
On the title track of the new album, Jay-Z repeatedly apologises for past indiscretions, while on another, Kill Jay Z, he addresses the 2014 Met Gala where Beyoncé's younger sister Solange launched herself at him in a lift.
Fans on social media took aim at the musician over his confession.
On 4:44 he sings: "If my children knew, I don't even know what I would do. If they don't look at me the same, I would probably die of all the shame."
He also adds: “What good is a menage a trois when you have a soul mate.”
On Kill Jay Z he sings: "You egg Solange on knowing all along, all you had to say was you was wrong. You almost went Eric Benet. Let the baddest girl in the world get away. I don't even know what to say, n****r never go Eric Benet."
The record, which is exclusively streaming on Tidal, features vocals from Beyoncé as well as contributions from Frank Ocean, Damian Marley and the rapper’s mum, Gloria Carter.
4:44 is out now on Tidal.
- Press Association