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Beyoncé and Jay-Z drop surprising new album 'Everything Is Love' — here's everything we love

Beyonce and Jay-Z proved that their marriage is stronger than ever with their glorious joint album 'Everything Is Love.'


Emily Treadgold


Beyonce and Jay-Z have had one of the most public relationships. Both superstars were in the media when they started dating, and though their marriage seemed perfect, fans soon realized nothing in life is.

 

After Beyonce's album Lemonade dropped, it was clear Jay-Z had not been faithful. It was hard to understand why he did it as Beyonce was so perfect, but humans are flawed. In "Don't Hurt Yourself" she sang, "This is your final warning, you know I give you life / If you try that shit again, you gon' lose your wife." 

 

At the end of the album, she forgives her husband. 

 

Jay-Z followed Lemonade with his very own album, 4:44 admitting to infidelity, and promising to change. In the title track he says,  "I apologize, often womanized / Took for my child to be born to see through a woman's eyes."

 

Now, in the ultimate power move, they went on tour together again. The On The Run II Tour showed them renewing their vows in front of their children. Then they dropped a joint album together.

 

Everything Is Love was released in epic fashion. In "Lovehappy" Beyonce sings, "You did some things to me, boy, you do some things to me / But love is deeper than your pain, and I believe you can change."

For us, we chose to fight for our love. For our family. To give our kids a different outcome. To break that cycle for black men and women.

In "Summer" Jay reflects on his life before wealth and fame. He raps, "I remember summer nights in the projects, bullet rounds interrupting my chi / When the worst thing that could happen zipped up his jacket and ran back down the street / In Bel-Air, only the nights get cold, I wrapped a yellow jacket around Bey / It's not lost on me ... music has my kids sound asleep."

 

In Everything Is Love, Beyonce proves that not only is she a vocal powerhouse, but she's a formidable rapper that can gloss over difficult flows and keep up with Jay. 

 

In the Pharrell and Migos collab "Apeshit" she flexes rapping, "Look at my jewelry, I'm lethal / These diamonds on me, they see-through / I'm a Martian, they wishing they equal / I got m's on the back like Evisu."

In "Friends" Jay-Z doesn't brag about his celebrity power. Instead, he is bringing up the people who have been with him since the beginning, even alluding to his feud with Kanye. He raps, "I ain't going to nobody's nothin' when me and my wife beefin' / I don't care if the house on fire, I'm dyin', n**ga, I ain't leaving."

 

Beyonce and Jay-Z know all their controversies are public, and they have no problem addressing them. From Tidal issues to the investigation of Rocawear, nothing is off limits. They bring up prison reform and shoutout Meek Mill. They talk about racial injustice and their dreams for their kids. Jay snaps, "After all these years of drug trafficking, huh? / Time to remind me I'm black again, huh?"

 

The album isn't just about Bey and Jay's marriage, but a combining of their musical styles in a way the perfectly compliments each other. They both keep it modern with the trap influence, proving that no style is out of range for the most powerful couple in music. Jay is the hype-man for Beyonce, and she perfectly accentuates his verses. They turned what would have been the end of their marriage into a way to heal and prove that no one is perfect, but they can heal together. 

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