On April 23, 2016, in true Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter form, our Queen B dropped another visual album entitled “Lemonade” virtually out of nowhere. Yes, we have been waiting for a release date since Beyoncé’s “controversial” Superbowl performance where she debuted the first single off of her Lemonade album entitled “Formation”. The day before the Superbowl performance, Beyoncé also released a music video for the single as well. In this music video, Beyoncé addressed many social issues plaguing the United States and where she stood on these matters. Many people felt like the Superbowl was neither the time nor the place to perform such a politically driven song….My question to them is, why not?
Artists throughout history have always been the ones to call change to action, regardless of the medium they chose to use in order to get a point across. So why should Beyoncé be any different? If Donald Trump can use his celebrity platform to run for President of the United States, why can’t Beyoncé use her music to speak about her experience here in the US as a woman of color? Honestly, there is not answer…..So let B be free to express herself in HER art.
Besides the political aspect of this visual album, Beyoncé opens up about her relationship with he husband Jay-Z, and BOY did she have a lot to say! over the last few years, rumors about the couples splitting and Jay-Z’s infidelities have been circulating. Flashback to 2014, when Beyoncé’s sister Solange assaulted Jay in an elevator at the Met Gala. Gossip magazines at the time suspected that Solange found Jay-Z flirting and getting a little too close to a fellow Gala goer and decided to do something about it (Via a few quick hard blows to the head. Remind me not to mess with her sister!)
On Beyonce’s first self-entitled visual album, Beyoncé touched upon some of the rocky roads she and Jay had faced. Little did we know that this sneak-peek into the couple marriage was just the tip of the iceberg. On the Lemonade album, each song seemed to be different aspects of her 12 step self-healing process. Each song paints a picture of what Beyoncé was thinking as she began to take a cold hard look at her relationship with her beloved husband. Many of the lyrics left us all side-eyeing Jay-z and questioning our loyalty to the rap mogul.
Don’t take it from me, check out Lemonade on Tidal today and decide for yourself.
Would you put up with Jay-Z’s BS or would you take your smexy self and more on to greener pastures?