We’re not so sure this is a good idea, Hova.
Beyonce’s Lemonade has gotten nothing but rave reviews since its surprise release a week and a half ago; it’s already an iconic piece of art, a landmark for black female representation in pop culture and an intense retribution aimed at some cheating husband. The world, putting two and two together, has assumed that Beyonce is telling this story about her own marriage to Jay-Z, which has been fraught with rumors of infidelity for the past few years. Beyonce’s camp has officially denied that the album is about Jay, but that’s a pretty useless declaration, especially when much of the public probably wants to see Lemonade as the ultimate in dignified vengeance.
So what is Jay-Z doing about it? According to US Weekly, he’s recording a response album. “Jay is working on an album telling his side of things,” said a source close to the couple.
We know Jay-Z hasn’t released any new music since 2013’s middling Magna Carta…Holy Grail, but is this really the right way for him to come back? There’s only one tone to take that won’t infuriate Queen Bey’s army of supporters: total contrition. And that’s something for which Jay-Z has never been known in his verses; he’s based his entire image on braggadocio since the mid-’90s.
Undoubtedly, there will be more news to come from this Lemonade fallout, which we’ll have for you when it arrives.