Shortly after the release of his highly-acclaimed new album, 4:44, JAY-Z provided the backstory for each of the album's 10 tracks.
As it pertains to the album's titular track, JAY-Z wrote the following:
"'4:44' is a song that I wrote, and it's the crux of the album, just right in the middle of the album. And I woke up, literally, at 4:44 in the morning, 4:44 AM, to write this song. So it became the title of the album and everything. It's the title track because it's such a powerful song, and I just believe one of the best songs I've ever written."
If JAY-Z says the album title 4:44 was inspired by the titular track, which itself was inspired by the time on the clock the morning JAY-Z woke up to write the record—so much for JAY-Z mythologically never writing down his rhymes—who are we to call him a liar, right?
There is no way the title of JAY-Z's album is also the address of The Standard High Line Hotel in New York, the same hotel where Solange infamously slapped JAY-Z in an elevator in May 2014, following a Met Gala after-party. Right?
According to their website, the proper address for The Standard High Line Hotel in New York is 848 Washington St. After 4 p.m., though, anyone visiting the Boom Boom Room, where the after-party took place, or Le Bain—two nightclubs situated adjacent to one another on the hotel's 18th floor—can enter through the hotel's secondary entrance at... wait for it... 444 West 13th, where they can take an elevator directly to the top floor.
How do I know? Simple. I called the hotel and spoke with the front desk.
And in case you needed a reminder, 4:44 is JAY-Z's 13th studio album.
To be clear, we are not reporting that JAY-Z's album title is in fact titled after the secondary address of The Standard High Line Hotel and not, as JAY-Z explained previously, the time of day he woke up to pen "4:44."
But c'mon, this is not a coincidence.
JAY-Z is one of the most calculated rappers to ever pick up a microphone. Ever.
This is the same man that, in 2013, convinced Samsung to purchase one million downloads of Magna Carta... Holy Grail so that he could be certified Platinum the week of release and then did it again four years later when he brokered a deal with TIDAL minority owner Sprint, who purchased one million downloads of 4:44.
Jay doesn't give very many interviews—I've personally sent his reps 10 or so requests over the past 15 years—so it's likely we won't have a chance to confirm if the hotel's address inspired the 4:44 album title, but for the time being, let the speculation begin.