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Jay-Z says he and Beyonce abandoned joint album

By | Published on Thursday 30 November 2017


Jay-Z has confirmed that he and Beyonce worked on a joint album together, but that that project was superseded by their solo confessional albums, ‘Lemonade’ and ‘4:44’.

In an interview in the New York Times, the rapper explains: “We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together. Then the music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on”.

He adds that listening to each other’s resulting records, which exposed issues in their relationship, made them “both very, very uncomfortable”. Although, he notes, “the best place in the, you know, hurricane is like in the middle of it”.

“That’s where we were sitting”, he continues. “And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations. [I was] really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And … at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another’s craft. I think she’s amazing. You know, most people walk away – the divorce rate is like 50% or something – because most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself”.

Watch the full interview here.