Jay-Z Reveals What It Would Take For Him To Release New Music
Jay-Z wants to release new music but under one condition. In conversation with CBS Mornings’ Gayle King, the Brooklyn rap mogul said he is all for dropping a new project but it would have to be something meaningful.
“I already [used the word ‘retirement’], I can’t do that ever again,” he said. “I’ll say I wanna make music, but it has to be something important.”
He added that his next project has to “mean something to a larger society.”
He followed up that remark by referencing his last studio album 4:44, released in 2017.
“4:44, for example, was a personal story, but the amount of vulnerability in there allowed for a lot of people to explore the space.”
He spoke to Kevin Hart last year about his 2003 retirement announcement and how he never wants to use that word again.
“I’m not actively making music or making an album or have plans to make an album, but I never want to say that I’m retired. It’s a gift, so who am I to shut it off?” he told the comedian.
Last year, The New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan told Twitter that Jay-Z would be a part of the third act in Beyoncé’s Renaissance trilogy.
“Before Twitter goes down, instead of making you follow me somewhere else, I’ll just tell you what I’ve heard about the other 2 acts of Beyoncé’s 3-part ‘Renaissance’ project,” he tweeted at the time. “(2nd act is an acoustic album, 3rd act is a collaboration with JAY-Z).”
Neither Beyoncé nor Jay-Z have confirmed Buchanan’s statement.
Jay-Z’s Latest Music Releases
While Jay is not currently working on a new project, he has had a couple of one-offs and guest verses since his 4:44 album. Last year, he was nominated for a Grammy this year for his verse on DJ Khaled’s “God Did.” Jay, Khaled, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, John Legend, and Fridayy closed out the show with their performance of the song.
Earlier this year, he also released a remix to “Empire State of Mind.”
On The Harder They Fall, released on Netflix in 2021, Jay served as an executive producer. He was also present on the soundtrack. He did the songs “Guns Go Bang” and “King Kong Riddim (featuring BackRoad Gee).”