Becky With The Good Hair
Since Beyoncé Tidal release of her visual story of her latest album “Lemonade,” it’s become obvious the reasons behind Solange Knowles’ infamous elevator freakout in 2014. It’s worth watching her full album for the hour long saga of the breakdown and revival of the marriage between Beyoncé and Jay Z. It goes through waves of fun, empowerment for women- black women especially so- and deep solemnity. The good news for audiences, not to mention Bey herself, is that the earnest moments of “Lemonade” turn positive with a declaration of forgiveness and redemption for her husband. What’s really stunned listeners and audiences alike are a few poignant lyrics that can’t be ignored. Below are some of our favorite truth bombs on the album:
Track 02: “Hold Up”:
“How did it come down to this?/ Going through your call list/ I don’t want to lose my pride, but I’m going to fuck me up a bitch… what’s worst, looking jealous or crazy?”
Track 03: “Don’t Hurt Yourself”
“You ain’t married to no average bitch boy/ You can watch my fat ass twist boy/ As I bounce to the next dick boy/ Keep your money, I’ve got my own”
Track 04: “Sorry” (Serena Williams simultaneously grinding and throwing middle fingers up next to Beyoncé is just so perfect and this happens…)
“Looking at my watch, you shoulda been home/ Today I regret the night I put that ring
“Now I’m the one that’s lying/ And I don’t feel bad about it/ It’s exactly what you get/ Stop interrupting my grinding”
Track 07: “Love Drought”
“Ten times out of nine, I know you’re lying / But nine times outta ten, I know you’re trying”
Track 08: “Sandcastles” (Besides the fact that Jay Z quite literally kisses Bey’s feet)
“We built sandcastles that washed away/ I made you cry when I walked away/ Although I
promised that I couldn’t stay/ Every promise don’t work out that way”
Track 11: “All Night”
“Found the truth beneath your lies/ And true love never has to hide/ True love never has to hide/ I’ll trade your broken wings for mine”
The obvious standout moment of the whole album though lays on Track 04 “Sorry;” What has now become the most rewind and listen again moment is the singular time Beyoncé calls out the other woman. “Becky with the good hair” has caused a stir over the past few days involving two major suspects who really just need to get off Instagram and Snapchat.
Suspect #1: Rachel Roy
As a close friend of Shawn Carter through the fashion world, Roy has been linked to Hova for years- most prominently for being flirted with during the Met Gala in 2014- resulting in Solange’s elevator moment. Roy’s poignant caption resonated a little too well with Beyoncé fans, prompting her to respond to criticism with this.Roy has since deleted her Instagram.
Suspect #2: Rita Ora
Why would anyone wear lemons on their breasts and a J around their neck in the wake of “Lemonade” is beyond me. But it looks like Rita has something to say and she’s not that subtle with it. The British singer had previously been signed to Jay Z’s label, Roc Nation, and then subsequently released after she filed suit against the label for allegedly forgetting to make the singer Hova’s protégé as promised.
One thing we know for sure. “Lemonade” is not told by the persona of Sasha Fierce. It’s 100% Beyoncé. “Lemonade” is beautiful and empowering and terrifying for Jay Z. For audiences and listeners who once thought the Beyoncé hype was based on an inflated ego, “Lemonade” has proved them misinformed. Being able to forgive is admirable and being able to shine a light on a closeted truth is just awesome. A combination of the two is making lemonade from lemons.