We thought pandemics cancelled out April Fools' jokes.
Jay-Z's name has been making the rounds on Twitter today, April 1, because of a track list and cover artwork circulating around his "new album" Ascension.
The "rumors" show a track list that includes features from African stars like Sarkodie, Nasty C, Femi Kuti and Olamide, promoting it as a new African-themed album from Jay-Z.
Of course, neither Jay-Z, Roc Nation nor any official associates of the rap mogul have confirmed or mentioned anything about a new album.
NotJustOk took the joke even further by publishing a "quote" from Jay-Z attributed to a Roc Nation press statement: "I've always wanted to get in touch with my roots and connect to the motherland. You know, Africa is blessed with so much talent and I felt like it was time to tap into that resource. The Ascension is not just talking or focusing on Africa but it's also about me giving back to the people, familiarizing with the culture and connecting more with the motherland."
While we wish it were true, it's not. To be honest, the cover art alone should've given this away.
See some of the tweets and reactions below.
#JayZ coming out with his #Ascension album 💿 featuring all the top rappers in Africa... •Sarkodie •Olamide •NastyC… https://t.co/bbDDt2FagB— ChartsAfrica📊 (@ChartsAfrica📊) 1617260098.0
Jay-Z to Release Africa-themed album featuring Sarkodie, Olamide, Nasty C & More | View Tracklist… https://t.co/Ew3IPP6qsK— Ovie (@Ovie) 1617257074.0
if you're gonna make up a Jay-Z album called Ascension for April Fools' Day, clearly you should go all the way and… https://t.co/wXH9OLHIrD— Al Shipley (@Al Shipley) 1617289979.0
y'all realllly think jay-z cover art would be THIS ass? 💀 ik its april fool's day, but gahdamn https://t.co/3wfBlA3fe3— ➕ TAI, THE SECOND ➕ (@➕ TAI, THE SECOND ➕) 1617289413.0
April Fool's & we starting the day with a fake Jay-Z album tracklist?!?! https://t.co/qFZXcfv55w— Richie | Photographer & Digital Strategist (@Richie | Photographer & Digital Strategist) 1617287264.0
If you're a Jay-Z fan then you should know that Jigga will never name his album "Ascension". I'm willing to bet go… https://t.co/S5zZDXpD76— BEMSHIMA (@BEMSHIMA) 1617279342.0