Jay-Z References Future and Russell Wilson, Chris Paul and More on Album '4:44'

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13:  Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers talks with Jay Z before the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat on January 13, 2016 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Rap legend Jay-Z released his 13th solo studio album, 4:44, on Thursday night, and there was no shortage of references to sports culture.ย 

In the biggest headline-grabber, HOV throws a haymaker at rapper Future on the opening track, "Kill Jay Z":

  • "You almost went Eric Benet / Let the baddest girl in the world get away / I don't even know what else to say / N----a, never go Eric Benet / I don't even know what you woulda done / In the future, other n---as playin' football with your son."

The 47-year-old was referring to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, now married to pop star Ciara, Future's ex. The rapper and Ciara share a son, Future Jr., and Wilson's involvement with the toddler has sparked some bad blood.ย 

A line later, according to Genius, Jay-Z drops a reference to the Boston Bruins, who reportedly purchased a 30-liter bottle of Ace of Spades Champagne worth $100,000 after winning the Stanley Cup in 2011.

On "Smile," Jay-Z shouts out Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul, a known friend of the Roc Nation founder:

  • "Slammin' Bentley doors like we invented doors / 20 years ago we drove Bentley Azures / We drinkin' Cristal in, yeah / Kept the trey on me like Chris Paulin'."

CP3 posted the time, 4:44, to his Instagram story Thursday in a nod to the album's release:

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Later, HOV thinks back to the late '90s, before Michael Jordan won his sixth NBA title, on "Marcy Me."

  • "I miss mixin', cookin' coke up in the kitchen when Rodman was a Piston / Back when Mike was losing to Isiah but he soon would get his sixth one."

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 9: Rapper Jay-Z shows off his Jordan jersey while actress Beyonce Knowles watches the action  during the 2003 NBA All-Star game at the Phillips Arena February 9, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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Finally, the album's second track is titled "The Story of O.J."ย 

[h/t Genius]ย