After topping the Billboard 200 for the second week in a row with 4:44, JAY-Z drops “Footnotes for Kill Jay Z,” the latest installment in a series of interview-based visuals in support of his 13th LP.
For this confessional track, Hov opens up about what “Kill Jay Z” is really about. “It’s really about the ego, killing off the ego so we can have this conversation in a place of vulnerability and honesty,” he explains. “Jay Z, the public persona, couldn’t have this conversation, so he has to be eliminated, he has to be removed. So it’s really Shawn Carter speaking Jay Z and he has to convince him to move aside.”
However, Hov also reveals that he couldn’t fully eliminate the ego. “I did bring us here,” he says, speaking of the ego’s point of view. “Some of the things I’ve done, you needed me. You need a bit of your ego at some point.”
Like the other “Footnotes” video clips for “The Story of O.J.” and “4:44,” this installment features actor Anthony Anderson, “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, and comedian Chris Rock, among others.
Up next, Hov is set to release the highly-anticipated video for “Adnis” featuring Mahershala Ali. The clip for the 4:44 bonus cut is due Friday at 4:44 p.m.
Watch “Footnotes for Kill Jay Z” via TIDAL.