The queen of Slay is back!!!
‘Lemonade’ is an ode to strong women, black love and magic. With a powerful fusion of poetry, beauty and fierceness that is Beyoncé’s music, she has managed to create a fantasy world out of the broken pieces of her reality to bring forth what is one of her most beautiful, personal and powerful works yet.
The visual album dropped on Saturday with an hour long, deeply personal experience put into tracks with guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and Jack White. Many have called this an ‘expressive’ album because of the rumors and reports of infidelity in Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 12 year relationship with tabloids and other news outlets listing alleged mistresses to Jay-Z like Rita Ora and Rihanna. But it really is difficult to label the masterpiece that is Lemonade. It entails an unfolding of Beyoncé’s life from love to jealousy to distrust and even power.
She opens the album with a piano-driven ballad of ‘Pray You Catch Me’ where she sings: “You can taste the dishonesty, it’s all over your breath.” From ‘Intuition’ to ‘Formation’ where she bursts out of the water with one question: “Are you cheating on me?” and now we’re in this, to ‘Anger’ where she is clearly on a not-playing-around vibe. Dressed in a grey sports bra, grey high-waisted leggings and long blonde braids she says: “You ain’t married to no average bitch, boy… and you can keep your money, I got my own.”
There’s also an appearance by Serena Williams in ‘Sorry’ where she sings: “I ain’t thinking about you/ middle fingers up/ tell em boy bye,”
Throughout the project – that has been described as an album that is ‘based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing,” and is available for streaming on TIDAL – she walked through fire. She dismantles issues on her relationship with her father and a tribute to her mother and grandmother, which is tied together with the title of the album.
“When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade,” is recited by Jay-Z’s grandmother Hattie White, who said the old adage in footage taken from her 90th birthday celebration.
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