The narrative of the singer's surprise album revolves around a cheating husband
The singer dropped the surprise album just under two weeks ago. The record’s narrative revolves around a cheating husband, prompting speculation that the songs are about Beyoncé and Jay Z’s own relationship.
US Weekly claims that a source close to the couple has said the rapper is “working on an album telling his side of things”.
Jay Z last released an album in 2013, with ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’, collaborating with Kanye West on ‘Watch The Throne’ two years before that.
‘Lemonade’ also comes in the form of a film, which premiered on HBO and concludes with a picture of Beyoncé and her husband.
Beyoncé’s father Mathew Knowles responded to the release of the album and its personal contents by saying “she has us all speculating”. “I think the genius in this body of work that Beyoncé has done is she has us all speculating and she has us all letting our minds expand on her words and the expansion of them,” he said.
‘Lemonade’ features an impressive guest list, which includes Kendrick Lamar on ‘Freedom’, James Blake on ‘Forward’, The Weeknd on ‘6 Inch’ (which samples Animal Collective’s ‘My Girls’) and Jack White on ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’. The rock connection on the album runs deep with Father John Misty and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig listed as writers on ‘Hold Up’, which samples Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ song ‘Maps’.