Jay-Z Finally Drops the “Adnis” Video and ‘4:44’ Bonus Tracks
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Jay-Z’s 4:44 album dropped on June 30, but it’s nearly August and he’s just released the LP’s three bonus tracks, “Adnis,” “ManyFacedGod” and “Blue Freestyle/We Family” via Tidal. In addition, Hov finally let loose with the full-length music video for “Adnis,” which stars Mahershala Ali and Danny Glover and is directed by “Story of O.J.” director Mark Romanek.
Before it became apparent that 4:44 was to be Jay’s 13th studio album, a video snippet of “Adnis” featuring both Ali and Glover was first used to tease the project by Tidal and Sprint. In the promos featuring “Adnis” footage, an appearance was also made by Lupita N’yongo, but the Oscar winner doesn’t appear in the full clip. (We’ll likely see her again if the full-length video for “ManyFacedGod” is released in the coming weeks.) In the video, As Ali spars with a heavy bag in the video, Danny Glover fleets in and out of view as he does his best to support the bag from behind it—a scene symbolic of the inconsistent maternal presence Jay raps about on 4:44. Adnis is Jay’s birth father, but is seldom discussed or referenced throughout Jay’s discography.
Thus far, Jay has dropped videos for “4:44,” “Kill Jay-Z,” “Bam,” “The Story of O.J.,” and “Adnis,” and a video for “ManyFacedGod” is likely on the way. Should that materialize, nearly half of 4:44—including the bonus tracks”—will have yielded music videos. Jay may not stop there. Per an Instagram post of Mahershala Ali’s from last month, 4:44 is as much a “visual album” as it is an audio project. Fittingly, videos for fan favorites like “Moonlight,” “Marcy Me” and more could very well be on the horizon.
In addition, the three bonus tracks that Young Guru teased nearly a month ago are finally available to stream. “Adnis,” “Blue Freestyle/We Family” and “ManyFacedGod” were available for purchase via physical copies of 4:44 one week after the album’s June 30 premiere date, but could not be streamed on Tidal up until now. Now, you get to hear Blue Ivy’s mumble-rap debut in hi-fi glory.
Also, you can watch “Adnis” here for now. Based on patterns set by “Bam” and “Kill Jay-Z,” it’ll be available to stream on YouTube next week.