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When life hands you Lemonade, make 4:44.
The 10-song release references infidelity within the superstar couple’s longtime relationship, particularly on the title track, “4:44.”
“I apologize, often womanize / Took for my child to be born to see through a woman’s eyes,” he raps, suggesting that he changed his ways after the birth of 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy.
Parental guilt and shame is a recurring theme.
“If my children knew, I don’t even know what I would do / If they ain’t look at me the same, I would prolly die with all the shame / You did what with who? What good is a ménage à trois when you have a soulmate, you risked that for Blue?”
Jay Z breaks down 4:44 pic.twitter.com/aru8o3IMKS
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) June 30, 2017
The album also resurrects Bey’s infamous “Becky with the good hair” line from “sorry” — “Let me alone Becky” appears on his track “Family Feud” — and includes a dig at Halle Berry’s former husband Eric Benet, who famously cheated on the Oscar winner. And yes, there’s a Solange mention.
“You egged Solange on, knowing all along all you had to say you was wrong / You almost went Eric Benet, let the baddest girl in the world get away,” he rhymes on “Kill JAY-Z.”
Long story short, that’s why your Twitter feed is blowing up with Beyoncé memes.
*Jay Z admits to cheating on Bey in his song*
The Whole entire Beyhive:?? pic.twitter.com/aRW0QzbDhq
— Napturally_Breezy (@napturally17) June 30, 2017
Jay Z really did cheat on Beyoncé. Lemonade wasn’t a lie, BEYONCÉ WAS GOING THROUGH IT ALL. pic.twitter.com/oxMJYFPr8H
— ㅤ (@SindidAlam) June 30, 2017
“He trying to roll me up, I ain’t picking up” – Beyoncé
“Please pick up the phone, pick up the phone” – Jay Z pic.twitter.com/oILcN4mwY4
— THEYONCÉHUB (@theyoncehub) June 30, 2017
Jay Z and Beyonce could be at world war and we wouldnt know until they release a track about it a year later. Real G’s move in silence
— Hitanshu (@HitanshuPandit) June 30, 2017
Guys, we haven’t even touched the shade cast over Kanye West, the Kardashians, and La La Land. Now would be a good time to borrow your buddy’s Tidal log-in details.
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