Saturdays marks three months since Beyoncé dropped the unconfirmed Jay Z air out album titled Lemonade. Since its release there has been plenty of Lemonade theories – the album was about her father, it was completely made up, Rita Ora was Becky with the good hair – but the most dominant was that Shawn Corey Carter was the culprit. The BeyHive nominated Becky’s, got in Formation at stadiums across the country and everyone waited for Jay Z to respond on wax, in which he did going “All The Way Up” by tossing out a couple of bars and continuing along on his GOAT trip in hip-hop. Appearances from the tandem continued, Jay parlayed with your favorite rappers backstage at Formation stops and all was well. But was it ever not?
The thing about that is we will never know. There are two things we do know, however. The first is no matter how often it is flexed before us the genius minds of the Carters is still underestimated and unmatched. The Kardashians are close, but cameras record every syllable that comes from Kim and flirty look toward a man of stature from Khloe. The second thing is if Jay did cheat on Beyoncé or not, no one cares anymore. She forgave him, they are married, and it’s nothing we can do about it.
My complete realization to how Lemonade transitioned from being an anthem of BeyHive anti-Hovism anthems to a project full of messages and amazing music came with a tweet that I posted back in November of 2014, yes, almost two years before the album was blessed upon our ears. The tweet (see below) is of the first couple of music and their daughter, Blue Ivy, in all-white departing an event that I can no longer recall and carrying the caption of a joke to how dapper Jigga is.
Jay was too clean. He walked out the house like “Yo B, you gotta carry Blue today. Can’t nothing touch this cream.” pic.twitter.com/GQyOFqt7Hh
— Shawn Grant (@DonMagicShawn) November 16, 2014
Freaking goals. https://t.co/DrOdwluQlr
— G (@GMarie36) July 20, 2016
— 仙人 Boìí (˘⌣˘) (@Boi_Mpedi) July 19, 2016
This gon be me man lol https://t.co/8lnHsaHgcu
— Berry Gordy (@iBryceDavis) July 19, 2016
When the entire family slays https://t.co/dTGBqvt5Gv
— Idealist (@idalisf21) July 19, 2016
Jay is how I want my bae to look on our wedding day https://t.co/tY5I0jn3xl
— Founder and CEO (@HillNAssociates) July 19, 2016
Somehow the tweet regained life in Black Twitter and catapulted from the original 7,000 retweets to over 13,000 within 24 hours, again, two years later. The numbers here aren’t what matters because they could be interpreted as either support for a beautiful couple or amusement by the caption. What is important here are the additions to the retweet, varying from heart eye emoji to compliments of the attire to #familygoals to wishes for future husbands or wives. The support is there just as much pre-beverage album as it is after the dust has settled.
So what does that say for the genius of Bey Z? If there was drama or not, both of them knew they were going to walk in on top and come out on top – much like “when there’s a billion dollars on the elevator.” We ate up a story, let it monopolize headlines as they ran past “GO” and collected the reward. What are we left with? Good music, quality entertainment from two legends and a family we adore. Sounds like a win-win for everybody.