On April 23, 2016, social media was set ablaze with chatter about R&B icon Beyoncé and her new visual album, Lemonade. The album premiered on the HBO cable network. HBO allowed fans access to the channel for the weekend just to see the hour-long music series. Beyoncé sought to make Lemonade interlock with the music and imagery. Beyoncé also added a compelling voice-over poem, spoken by her but written by Somali-British writer Warsan Shire. The poetry helps to bring everything full circle by helping to aid Beyoncé and her music. This message of her Lemonade album resonated with black women of all shades and all ages, in addition to creating a sense of solidarity and family among the African diaspora.
Beyoncé does not hold back on Lemonade as she sings about personal issues involving her father and her marriage. Beyoncé is married to Jay-Z, who is one of the world's most wealthy rappers. This is an important aspect of Lemonade, as fans speculated on whether or not Beyoncé is discussing the effects of her broken marriage in her music.
Here are some of the lyrics Beyoncé has featured on various songs on the Lemonade album.
"He only want me when I'm not there / He better call Becky with the good hair.''(Song: "Sorry")
"Can't you see there's no other man above you / What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you." ( Song: "Hold Up")
"Something don't feel right because it ain't right, especially coming up after midnight / I smell your secrets and I'm not too perfect to ever feel this worthless / How did it come down to this, going through your call list? / I don't wanna lose my pride but I'ma f*** me up a b***h." ( Song: "Hold Up")
"This is your final warning / You know I give you life / If you try this s*** again you gon' lose your wife." ( Song: "Don't Hurt Yourself")
No wonder the New York Times thinks the album is about marital strife.
Page Six reports things really came to a head when fashion designer Rachel Roy, who was once rumored to be romantically linked to Jay-Z (and is also Damon Dash's ex-wife), took to Instagram to possibly insert herself into the conversation by posting this on her page.
"Good hair don't care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies, or self-truths, always. Live in the light #nodramaqueens."Beyoncé fans, who call themselves the "Beyhive", quickly attacked Rachel Roy on all forms of social media. She then set her Instagram page to private. Having had enough of the harassment, Rachel Roy took to Twitter to denounce the poor behavior of Beyhive fans.Soon after Rachel Roy went into Instagram hiding, the Beyhive swarmed around pop star Rita Ora, accusing her of also being "Becky with the good hair." LoveBScott discusses that these accusations stem from one of Ora's Instagram post, featuring her in a bathing suit with lemons sewn on them. Beyhive fans thought this was Ora's attempt to antagonize Beyoncé after the Lemonade debut. Ora remained silent on the issue throughout the weekend but broke her silence on Tuesday via Twitter. Lastly, E! Online states that the Beyhive fans cyberbullied Rachael Ray, even though she has nothing to do with the Lemonade situation. Fans confused Rachel Roy for Rachael Ray and began to harass the famed TV chef. Ray is taking it all in stride by getting the last laugh. She posted a Lemonade recipe on her Instagram page, and it seems to be a hit. Fans now understand that Rachel Roy and Rachael Ray are two different people. Beyoncé has yet to come forward about who "Becky" is, or if the martial rumors are true.
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