JAY-Z and Beyoncé fans can finally rejoice after the rapper confirmed the long-rumored joint album he recorded with his superstar wife.
In an interview with The New York Times‘ executive editor Dean Baquet, JAY-Z confirmed what fans have long been hoping for.
“We were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together,” he said during the interview. “And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on. Um, we still have a lot of that music.”
The wide-ranging interview covered everything from racism and fatherhood to his relationship with Kanye West. At one point, JAY-Z spoke about his well-loved song, The Blueprint‘s “Song Cry,” and how it is possible to be sad even at the height of success.
“[T]he idea of the hook—’never seen it comin’ down my eyes, but I gotta make the song cry.’ It tells you right there what I was, I was hiding,” he said. “The strongest thing a man can do is cry. To expose your feelings, to be vulnerable in front of the world. That’s real strength. You know, you feel like you gotta be this guarded person. That’s not real. It’s fake… So you can be, you can be inside your body and be happy, but at the core of it, something else is going on.”
You can check out the full interview here.