Grammarians rejoice! JAY-Z has officially resurrected the hyphen in his name.
In 2013, the rapper Jay-Z (aka Shawn Corey Carter aka HOV), in a decision touted as a “massively disrespectful move against hyphens,” dropped the hyphen in his professional name. So, for the last four years, Carter was known as Jay Z.
Now, it’s JAY-Z with the hyphen AND capitalization, a Roc Nation representative confirmed to Pitchfork. And people have a lot to say about the switch-up:
lol you're crazy for this one Jay https://t.co/7LlSljRMJN
— Eric Renner Brown (@ericrennerbrown) June 19, 2017
I'm glad Jay-Z brought the hyphen back. I think its absence had to do with Magna Carta… Holy Grail being the worst album of his career.
— Fellatio Alger (@atomiclust) June 19, 2017
I refused to acknowledge the dismissal of the hyphen. Glad he came back to his senses. https://t.co/8luCq1vtKG
— Rich Homie Svi (@aaamackay) June 19, 2017
guess who's back, back again, hyphen's back. tell a friend pic.twitter.com/q1QmbnkACq
— Henry T. Casey (@henrytcasey) June 19, 2017
Jay-Z/Jay Z/JAY-Z makes it really difficult to be a copy editor sometimes… https://t.co/zjrn04ZPRs
— Daniel Toy (@dw_toy) June 19, 2017
I don't care. I'm sticking with the hyphen-less one I've had in my music library since 2013.
— Wisani Maluleke (@seanbolandRED) June 19, 2017
I cannot believe in the year of our lord 2017 we're really bout to get hyphen Jay-z again
— j (@XimluapObtil) June 19, 2017
But, surprisingly, a lot of people didn’t even know the hyphen wasn’t a thing all these years:
Jay-Z is bringing back the hyphen in his name and this entire time i never knew that it technically went away.
— Amar Sejfović (@amarsejfovic) June 19, 2017
Has he not always been Jay-Z or JAY-Z? I have never in my life omitted the hyphen, I didn't realize I was supposed to. https://t.co/RCq1Zqiqct
— Shuri T'Chaka (@TweetsByObi) June 19, 2017
i didn't realise jay-z dropped the hyphen in the first place
— adrian (@fruithui) June 19, 2017
I never realised Jay dropped the hyphen. I just hardly ever use it. He'll always be Jay Z.
— ️ (@Frostbite___) June 19, 2017
In addition to his name change, JAY-Z released a preview of his new song “Adnis” off “4:44.” Strangely, his name is formatted in the preview as “JAY:Z.” Colons too, JAY?!
.@S_C_ ‘4:44’ https://t.co/mM3hBjHr84 #TIDALXSprint pic.twitter.com/dZIddQsz5t
— TIDAL (@TIDALHiFi) June 19, 2017
The colon just appears to be for artistic effect, which is a good thing because we can’t take any more linguistic shake-ups related to JAY-Z.
HuffPost has reached out to Roc Nation for comment. We will update this accordingly.