Why Fans Think Jay-Z’s ‘4:44′ Album Title Is Inspired by Solange Knowles’ Elevator Attack


Did Solange Knowles inspire the title of Jay-Z‘s 4:44? A new fan theory is causing fans to speculate whether the numbers behind the rapper’s latest album are related to the night Beyoncé‘s sister attacked him in an elevator.

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé attend the ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 5, 2014. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

A Twitter user pointed out that the address of Le Bain — the rooftop bar of the New York City hotel where Solange, 31, infamously hit and kicked Jay-Z, 47, after the 2014 Met Gala — is 444 West 13th Street. “I’m at The Standard where Solange beat Jay-Z’s ass in the elevator. THE ADDRESS IS 444. I AM SHOOK,” the fan tweeted early Wednesday, July 26.

Though the theory may just be coincidental, Jay-Z alludes to the elevator scuffle on “Kill Jay Z,” the opening track on 4:44. “You egged Solange on / Knowin’ all along all you had to say you was wrong,” the MC raps.

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Solange Knowles attends the Met Gala in New York City on May 5, 2014. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

While the cause of that fateful May 2014 night has largely remained a mystery, all three parties have since addressed it in some capacity. In a statement released at the time, Jay-Z, Solange and Beyoncé, 35, called the fight an “unfortunate incident,” adding that they had “moved forward as a united family.”

Queen Bey later addressed the fight, which was caught on the elevator’s security camera, on a 2014 remix of her song “Flawless,” in which she sang, “We escalating, up in this bitch like elevators / Of course sometimes s–t go down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.”

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