Civil rights icon Al Sharpton isn’t heading to the studio anytime soon – instead, he is saluting JAY-Z for name-dropping him on the new 4:44 album.

Approached by paparazzi this week, Sharpton said he had no ill will toward JAY.

“For a 62-year-old man to go viral because he’s on his way to work out is flattering. I’m giving a positive message. I’m telling people to stay in shape no matter what their age – I can’t be anything other than flattered – I’m a big fan of JAY-Z. I thank him for the plug.” (TMZ)

On the new album, JAY takes direct aim at Sharpton’s recent selfie seen across the world.

This week, buzz surfaced about 4:44 already reaching platinum status in just days after its release.

Jay-Z’s new album 4.44 was downloaded illegally 971,196 times in the first 72 hours after its release, according to media piracy analytics specialist MUSO. Of that nearly 1 million pirated copies, 56% downloads were in the US, 5% in the UK and the rest spread out globally. (Hype Bot)

Coincidentally, rap veteran Snoop Dogg recently admitted he had to get a bootleg 4:44 copy.

“Top of the morning. I wanna shoot a shout-out to JAY-Z, just dropped another motherf*cking hot album. 4-4-4, 4-4-4. But you know what? I don’t got TIDAL so a n*gga had to bootleg it to me. I’m on iTunes and sh*t, cuz. I don’t understand that, y’all gotta explain that to me. I went to iTunes and couldn’t find it. But my homie sent it to me. Shout-out to JAY-Z, my n*gga. He did it again. See, I ain’t no hater. I love the game for what it’s worth. The young n*ggas and the old n*ggas. Practice that. Practice showing love. Practice supporting other motherf*ckers other than yourself. Yeah, do that.”

@jayz 🔥🔥🔥🔥👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾444

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