When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Unless you’re Beyonce, then you make lemonade and throw shade on everyone and everything before throwing the leftover lemons at your cheating husband. Beyonce’s newest album Lemonade may be her biggest album yet, debuting at number one on the Billboard top 100, and number one on the drama scale.
The visual album itself followed Bey’s stages of grief after discovering that Jay Z was cheating. Lemonade is broken up into chapters, a few of them are “Intuition”, “Anger”, “Apathy”, “Redemption”. Each chapter in the “visual album” was accompanied with intense slam poetry and cameos from celebrities such as Serena Williams and Zendaya, along with some personal footage of Beyonce and Jay Z’s wedding.
The album has twelve tracks, starting with the “Intuition” chapter, Bey only suspects Jay of cheating, with the song “Hold Up” she knows that no one could love him like she does. The song has Queen B angry at the critics whilst parading around town in a designer dress with a baseball bat, smashing car windows, opening doors sending waves of water down the stairs, and attacking the poor cameraman at the end.
Moving on to the “Anger” chapter of Lemonade “Don’t Hurt Yourself” bluntly states “If you try this – again / You gon’ lose your wife.” In this chapter Beyonce is very clearly hurt and angry, tired of playing Jay Z’s games, and sending him a very clear warning. The song has a very reggae vibe, with heavy drums and background vocals.
The current most talked about song is in the “Apathy” chapter titled “Sorry”. You have probably heard the “Becky with the good hair” lyric by now and you probably know that the Beyhive has gone absolutely insane trying to figure out who “Becky” is. At first, Beyonce fans lashed out at Rachel Roy, a renowned fashion designer out of New York City. after an Instagram she posted saying “Good Hair Don’t Care,” a few confused fans got angry at Television chef and daytime talk show host Rachel Ray who had nothing to do with it. Other “Becky’s” have been Rita Ora, and most recently Karrine Steffans.
But enough with the drama, The last chapter “Redemption” shows that Beyonce and Jay are just fine and the album itself is amazing, titled in memory of Jay Z’s Grandmother Hattie White who spoke at her 90’th birthday, and ended her speech with “I had my ups and downs, but I always found the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” Beyonce was served sour experiences, and she made Lemonade.