Lemonade, Hot Sauce, Memes, a Bat, Cheating, and Forgiveness. That is just a few key things associated with Beyoncé’s new and slightly impromptu 6th studio album, “Lemonade.” Queen Bey has done it yet again. Everyone was waiting for Saturday night, April 23, to figure what Beyoncé had up her sleeve, but what we didn’t know was that she had plans on dropping an atomic bomb. Beyoncé unveiled the flaws, secrets and truths that have transpired in her life, and more importantly, with her marriage and family. In the matter of an hour, Beyonce discussed Jay-Z’s infidelity and how the two have reconciled and are now on a path toward strengthening their relationship. What we should keep in mind is that this album is a story and not a diss track. This is undoubtedly Beyonce’s most personable album to date. Known to be highly secretive about her personal life, the Queen invited everyone into her world through “Lemonade.” So many women, especially black women, can identify with Beyoncé’s plight. She tells us a story of betrayal, anger, forgiveness and redemption.
“Lemonade” is not just an album and film, it is an artistic masterpiece. It is a great example of Beyoncé’s range and development over the years. Queen Bey’s music has slowly transitioned from her catchy girl-power ballads to more emotional and personal pieces of work. “Lemonade” solidifies Beyoncé’s reign as one of the greatest performers of all time, a notion that I am sure Kanye West would agree with. Too add, “Lemonade” is a mix of R&B, soul, country, rock, and with a little bit of pop. The Queen pretty much hit every genre of music on this album. I appreciate that she took us on a journey with her, and this can really be seen in the accompanying visual, which premiered on HBO. The film is tied together by the beautiful spoken word written by Warsan Shire; between Shire’s captivating poetry and Beyoncé’s heartfelt pieces and soulful bravado, “Lemonade” will leave your thirst quenched and is bound to sweep the awards season.
So, what is this “Lemonade” all about? Well, Jay-Z cheated on Beyoncé and most of society, including myself, is having a hard time wrapping their mind around that idea. This has left everyone wondering: if Queen Bey can get cheated on, is there any hope for the rest of us? Personally, I think “Lemonade” shows that there is hope. Beyoncé tells us how lonely and scared she felt while Jay-Z was having an affair but as the album progress she gives us the redemption filled ballads, “Sandcastles” and “All Night.” These two songs show listeners that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are happy now. No relationship is perfect, including Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s; we are all human and make mistakes. One of my favorite aspects of “Lemonade” was the fact that it was laced in social commentary. Beyoncé discusses stereotypes about black women and at the end of the fourth song “Sorry,” she asserts the now infamous line, “Becky with the good hair,” which touches on an important subject that many black women face. Black women are one of the most berated and downplayed demographic groups. “Becky” is usually a term/name that refers to white women, but in this situation, it was more of a jab at Jay-Z’s mistress, who was rumored to be none other than fashion designer, Rachel Roy.
They say art imitates life, and something tells me that Beyoncé would agree; especially with this album. I love that there was all the speculation about Beyoncé and Jay’s marriage 2 years ago, but Queen Bey made sure you didn’t know the details about anything until she was ready to let you know. No one knew why Solange went after Jay-Z in the elevator that one time at the Met Gala, but now we do because Bey was ready to let us know. After Beyoncé released her self-titled album to glowing reviews in December of 2013, I wondered how could she top it? And what could she possible do next? There is one answer to both of those questions. Lemonade!