In case you missed it, Jay-Z dropped his 13th solo album 4:44 on Friday, to huge critical acclaim. Somewhat of a sister album to Beyoncé’s Lemonade given its personal and confessional nature, it’s been eaten up by fans and celebrity obsessives alike.
Platinum to the pirates: the newest Jay-Z album 4:44 has already been illegally downloaded by around 1 million people, including Snoop Dogg.
According to piracy monitoring and analytics specialist MUSO, 4:44 was illegally downloaded just under a million times (971,196) in its opening 72 hours on the market. Given another couple of days, I reckon this baby has hit seven figures by now.
Not one to rain on anybody’s parade, Snoop quickly took to the internet once he had heard the record. He gave Jay-Z a shoutout, but not without admitting he was one of those naughty pirates.
“I want to shoot a shoutout to JAY-Z, just dropped another motherfucking hot album, 4:44,” Snoop said,“but you know what, I don’t got TIDAL, so a nigga had to bootleg it to me. I’m on iTunes and shit, I don’t understand this. Y’all got to explain that to me. I went to iTunes looking for his album and I couldn’t find it but my homie had to send it to me. But shoutout to JAY-Z, my nigga. He did it again.”