Beyoncé did it again. Shocked the music world, delivered a beautifully crafted visual product, and gave girls everywhere anthems they could relate to no matter what stage they are in their personal relationships.
Now before I go in about the levels of emotion this visual album and new music had me going through, I’ll just give a few general information about the album in itself.
Lemonade is Beyoncé’s sixth studio album and the third visual album she’s done. Don’t act like yall don’t remember what she did for B’Day and “Kitty Kat.” The visual album breaks down into several themes that consists of: Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope, and Redemption all played to the backdrop of the new music. The album has features from Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake, and Kendrick Lamar. (See track list below)
Cameos include: Serena Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis, Zendaya, Amanda Stenberg, Chloe and Hailey Bailey, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy throughout the visual project. Lemonade is now available to stream and download on Tidal music service and I pray to God it will be on iTunes soon.
OK, now that’s out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.
I needed some time to process Lemonade and I still have so many emotions that come up when I think about it. On one aspect I feel pissed about a failed relationship from the 8th grade. On another tip I feel like packing up all my shit and leaving my cheating boyfriend, but here’s the kicker I’m single. Then I feel like forgiving my man because we can rebuild anything that tried to break us, again I’m single. Then I feel like I can be a boss ass bitch at anything I do, I need to stack my paper, and only walk in six inch heels for the rest of my life. For you to properly understand why I’m all emo let’s backtrack a bit on my impressions from Lemonade.
Basically I feel, don’t take this a truth because that’s how rumors get started, but I feel Beyoncé and Jay Z faced some major infidelity in their marriage. As a true Virgo I can get what Bey did here. A lot of times us Virgos won’t say anything and just let the emotions bottle up. I can admit that’s not healthy, but we put it into our craft. In this instance all Bey’s emotions came out in lyrics to some kick ass songs.
The first half of the project consisted of Beyoncé airing out Jay Z, allegedly, for cheating on her with a Becky with good hair. And I mean straight dragging him. It was quite delicious tea, an Arnold Palmer if you will considering the title of the album. The narrative intertwined spoken word and an array of fashion leading up to the climatic decision for Bey to rebuild her relationship with her husband.
Throughout the narrative, Bey mentioned her relationship with her father, and we know how that went. He cheated on her mother and she ended up breaking ties with him as her manager. Not that the two incidents resulted from the other, but Bey definitely has a flawed relationship with her dad.
Outside of the infidelity, there was another underlying message that was very fluid in the visual, BLACK.GIRL.MAGIC! Ever since “Formation,” Bey has been subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, hinting at the influence and importance of black women and how we are represented in society.
There were beautiful displays of this in the later half of the visual showing the union black women have, the hurt we feel from our sons being slain, the sensuality we feel being a boss, and the overall greatness it is to call yourself a black woman. Can I get a toot, toot.
All jokes and memes aside because there were plenty , just look up the hashtag #Lemonade, I think it’s safe to say that Beyoncé and her team knew the culture needed this project. They knew it was the perfect time for Bey to come in and make us ladies reevaluate ourselves and our relationships with all the key people in our lives.
Visually the project is stunning, the editing, pacing, and tone of the project is on point. The music at this stage in Beyoncé’s career shows her growth as an artist and as a woman. She’s been through some things since her last album and now is the time to “lay all her shit bare.” I’m here for it because I was thirsty.
Did you watch Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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Lemonade Track List
1. Pray You Catch Me
3. Don’t Hurt Yourself featuring Jack White
5. 6 Inch featuring The Weeknd
6. Daddy Issues
7. Love Drought
9. Forward featuring James Blake
10. Freedom featuring Kendrick Lamar
11. All Night