Is Jay Z Releasing An Album In Response To ‘LEMONADE’? Please God, Let This Be True
In response to the surprise release of Beyoncé’s wildly popular latest album LEMONADE, Jay Z could be working on an album of his own, US Weekly reports. This album allegedly “will reveal his version of events surrounding the rough patch in his eight-year marriage.”
Granted, the magazine cited an anonymous source for this, and we all know how misleading those can be. But there’s a fair amount of evidence the rapper at least has something in the works, and what with all the attention he’s been drawing since LEMONADE dropped, from a marketing standpoint, this would be a great time to release one himself.
A main reason his wife’s album stirred up controversy is that some of its lyrics hinted at infidelity on Jay Z’s part. Some of the most damning lines featured in the track “Don’t Hurt Yourself”: “This is your final warning / You know I give you life / If you try this shit again you gon’ lose your wife.”
And in the track “Sorry,” Bey sings: “He only want me when I’m not there / He better call Becky with the good hair,” which has sparked something of an internet man-hunt to discover the identity of this enigmatic “Becky” fellow. (Recall that golden window of time in which there was speculation that the adulteress in question was no other than Food Network star Rachel Ray? Good times.)
However, rumor also has it that Jay Z played an active role in helping Beyoncé piece together this infidelity narrative, which has attracted so much attention. It hasn’t exactly garnered positive publicity for Jay, but following ancient proverb, all publicity is good publicity, at least when it comes to album sales and news cycle domination (his Twitter mentions might be another story, but that’s his battle to fight). This is all, of course, mere speculation, but Jay Z has reportedly been in the studio over the past few weeks, so… fingers crossed!
If Jay does drop a long-form, lyrical response to LEMONADE, it would be his first since the 2013 epic Magna Carta Holy Grail, and it would hopefully offer us some insight on what’s beneath the surface of his now eight-year-old marriage to Beyoncé. To be clear, I’m not saying I’m happy that Jay cheated on Beyoncé (because she is a goddess and he is an idiot, but also relationships are complicated and I’m not here to assume I know shit about their marriage except to assume that it’s probably actually incredibly solid if they’re both able to write about it publicly and seemingly stay together), but if it results in new albums from both of them? I mean, I’m not sad about it.