Jay-Z is rumored to be working on a new album due out in 2022 – VIBE.com
Almost five years have passed since the release of his last studio album, 4:44, in 2017, it seems that Jay-Z is currently in the process of creating his sequel. The rapper and tycoon would have been in the studio with longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz, with whom he’s also reportedly been working on a collaborative album since January last year. Swizz recently fueled new speculation that he and Hov were working in tandem by posting a photo of Jay, OG Juan and himself aboard a private jet.
The news of Jay-Z looking to make a full return to the music scene has been brewing for some time. He was rumored to be planning a new album in 2019, but eventually teamed up with Jay Electronica in 2020 to A written testimony Instead.
The rap icon has been particularly musically active over the past year, appearing alongside former rival Nas twice, first on DJ Khaled’s collab “Sorry Not Sorry,” then on the song “Bath Salts” from DMX’s posthumous release, Exodus. These pairings created whispers of a joint album between the Hov and the Nas, especially given the relationship between producers Hit-Boy and DJ Khaled, who worked with the two on several occasions.
Add to that his appearances alongside Kanye West on his donda album, Kid Cudi on Netflix The more they fall the soundtrack cut “Guns Go Bang” and Pusha T on his It’s almost dry single “Neck & Wrist,” and it’s clear the Brooklyn icon is setting the stage for what some have predicted will be a fourth-quarter release.
Last October, the 52-year-old hiked to film a music video, which has yet to be released, a move that came shortly after confirmation that a Watch The Throne 2 album with Kanye West was also on the table. With so many moving parts, it’s unclear exactly what we can anticipate or expect from a new Jay-Z album, but the possibility of him releasing one sooner rather than later has surely piqued our interest.