While we were under that rock that kept us from being aware Coachella was going on, we also somehow managed not to be aware that #Beyonce had released her latest album #Lemonade.

Beyonce in yellow Roberto Cavalli tiered dress
Beyonce in yellow Roberto Cavalli tiered dress – screen captured from music Video Hold Up

We would talk about how gorgeous Beyonce looks in the yellow Roberto Cavalli dress she wore in the video “Hold Up” in which she sings about her intention to f*ck her up a b*tch as she’s shown going around town smashing up things with a baseball bat while wearing a smile on her face. But it’s not the fashion that’s showcased in her videos that have got people talking about “Lemonade”. People are talking about the lyrics of the songs. They’re speculating, based on the lyrics, that Jay-Z cheated on Beyonce. And they think he cheated on her with fashion designer Rachel Roy (not chef Rachel Ray).

Did Jay-Z cheat on Beyonce?

We don’t know if Jay-Z cheated on Beyonce. We do know that Beyonce is beautiful. She’s sexy. She’s arguably one of the hottest women to have ever lived. And we imagine such a woman should be enough for any man–even a man in Jay-Z’s position of having enormous wealth and fame and being surrounded every day by women who no doubt try every conceivable trick in the book to get his attention in the hope of landing a “side chick” role in his life. But even being the most beautiful and hottest woman in the world does not protect a woman from being cheated on. So if Jay-Z did indeed cheat on Beyonce it should not come as a huge surprise. Even ordinary men can and do cheat on extraordinary women.

More on Hold Up…

In the song “Hold Up” Beyonce sings about how the other women don’t love her man like she does. She’s singing to the man, telling him “Hold up, they don’t love you like I love you. Slow down, they don’t love you like I love you. Back up, they don’t love you like I love you
Step down, they don’t love you like I love you.” Nothing particularly interesting about those lyrics. But what we do find interesting are these lines from “Hold Up” that basically seem to be asking Jay-Z (if indeed the song is about Jay-Z) whether he thinks so many women would be wanting to get in his bed if he hadn’t managed to become rich and famous:

Let’s imagine for a moment that you never made a name for yourself
Or mastered wealth, they had you labeled as a king
Never made it out the cage, still out there movin’ in them streets
Never had the baddest woman in the game up in your sheets
Would they be down to ride?
No, they used to hide from you, lie to you…

We don’t want to put words in Beyonce’s mouth but the lyrics seem to boil down to a case of telling Jay-Z women didn’t find him attractive until he became rich and famous. Far from finding him attractive they ran from him. And here she is, the “baddest woman in the game”, and he disrespects her by cheating on her with women who are less than she and who do not love him like she loves him.

We don’t know if Jay-Z cheated on Beyonce. It’s mere speculation that the songs on the album Lemonade are about Jay-Z cheating. And frankly it’s ridiculous to assume that the lyrics in Beyonce’s songs are personal (were they even written by her?), but that seems to be what everyone is doing. And they are referencing that incident back in 2014 when Beyonce’s sister Solange was caught on camera beating up on Jay-Z in an elevator.

The rumor is that Solange was defending Beyonce against Jay-Z’s alleged cheating with fashion designer Rachel Roy.

Rachel Roy, by the way, added fuel to the fire when she captioned a picture she posted to Instagram with “Good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self truths, always. live in the light #nodramaqueens”. People thought this was in response to a line from another song from the album in which Beyonce sings about “Becky with the good hair”:

Looking at my watch, he shoulda been home
Today I regret the night I put that ring on
He always got them fucking excuses
I pray to the Lord you reveal what his truth is
I left a note in the hallway
By the time you read it, I’ll be far away
I’m far away
But I ain’t fucking with nobody
Let’s have a toast to the good life
Suicide before you see this tear fall down my eyes
Me and my baby, we gon’ be alright
We gon’ live a good life
Big homie better grow up
Me and my whoadies ’bout to stroll up
I see them boppers in the corner
They sneaking out the back door
He only want me when I’m not there
He better call Becky with the good hair
He better call Becky with the good hair

They speculate that Rachel Roy is Becky.

The whole thing got out of hand with Beyonce fans attacking Rachel Roy via her instagram page to the point where she had to make her account private.

It should be noted that Beyonce and Jay-Z are making a killing off this whole madness because it’s making people want to listen to the album and watch the videos. And the only place where they can do this is via Tidal, Jay-Z’s streaming service. We ourselves even signed up for a 30 day free subscription of Tidal just so we could see what the whole fuss was about with the Lemonade album. And we’re the last people who were going to sign up for Tidal, so we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Lemonade turned a huge profit for Tidal. If Jay-Z did cheat, he and Beyonce are still together and they have turned the whole thing into, well, probably the sweetest lemonade they have ever tasted.


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