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.
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.
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:
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."
Finally, the album's second track is titled "The Story of O.J."