Love it or hate it, Beyoncé’s Lemonade is still trending.
On April 23, Queen Bey shocked fans with the HBO visual and album release, in which she addressed long-standing rumors about her husband, Jay Z’s, infidelity with lyrics like “This is your final warning / You know I give you life / If you try this s‑‑t again / You gon’ lose your wife.” During the hour-long program, the Houston native detailed a journey of betrayal and reconciliation, culminating with an image of she and her rapper husband basking in each other’s presence.
While the “Big Pimpin'” rapper didn’t immediately respond to the accusations, including that time the Beyhive attacked designer Rachel Roy over claims she was “Becky with the good hair,” those close to the pop star praised Bey for her transparency. “I’m so proud of her,” Kelly Rowland told ET. “She’s just so transparent and it’s beautiful music. I’m very proud of her.”
Meanwhile, Bey’s father, Mathew Knowles, urged fans not to jump the gun regarding the true message behind the controversial project. “People want to make it about her,” Knowles, told E! News. “Every one of us have been disappointed before and have had to go through the grieving process of anger and, you know, disappointment and then acceptance and forgiveness. And I think that’s why this again is touching so many people, because it’s universal. Everybody can relate to it.”
But, could Jay Z’s next move prove there really is some truth behind tracks like “Sorry?” According to Us Weekly, the rap icon, 46, is recording songs that will provide his account of the events surrounding the couple’s rocky eight-year marriage. “Jay is working on an album telling his side of things,” a source close to the pair says.
In 2014, TMZ leaked footage of Beyoncé’s sister, Solange Knowles, attacking Jay Z in an NYC elevator at a Met Gala after-party. At the time, reports claimed Knowles flipped out because the rapper had been flirting with one of his alleged mistresses, Roy.
While Jay Z is definitely treading on thin ice with his new project, we’d have to admit his response is pretty genius. Well played, Jay, well played. What are your thoughts on Jay Z dropping new music in reply to Bey’s Lemonade? Sound off in the comment section below.