I don’t think ya’ll can handle this -Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter
April 23, 2016 was the day Lemonade officially made it’s way to all the stands everywhere and I was in line waiting for my metaphoric juice.
I have been on the Beyonce Radar for years and traveled with her (in my mind) through her rise to fame , womanhood and now her black power movement. Each album shows her growth in life, love and career . I can distinctly remember Crazy In Love was the moment she stepped into owning her sexuality, her independence and getting ready for world domination.
Lemonade is Beyonce’s sixth album and her best work thus far. She is setting the standard on how we are listening to music by stimulating our senses visually, emotionally and mentally. She sings passionately about her relationship, our relationships and shows vulnerability even though she is celebrity.
I have had Lemonade on repeat since it dropped and each time I listen to it, I hear the songs and the messages differently depending what I am doing and where I am. It is hard to find an album that you want to listen to from beginning to end, and for me Lemonade makes the cut. My standouts on the album in no particular order: Don’t Hurt Yourself with Jack White, Sorry, 6 inch with the Weekend, and Freedom.
Don’t Hurt Yourself: This song speaks about infidelity and the anger of the audacity your lover may have at not respecting who you are and what has been brought to the table. Ms. Knowles -Carter reminds him that first and foremost she ain’t regular and don’t get it twisted, she can and will find another if he don’t get his mind right, and in the end the only loser would be him.
Sorry: Visually, I started loving this song because it showed Serena Williams dancing and the strength in female relationships. This song is definitely a goodbye to the relationship anthem and I will be adding it to the playlist . You play this when you had enough of the games, you are ready to move on and hoping that he is happy with Becky with the good hair.
6 Inch: The theme of Beyonce’s music of late has been to slay in business, life and showing that when you do there is power that can not be taken away. Money makes the world go round and when you have enough of it, the possibilities are endless.
Freedom: I am always here for a motivational call to action. This song reminds me of an old negro spiritual that our ancestors us to sing to get them through the harsh reality of their lives and instilling hop that if you push through things will be better. The song talk about being free and what are you doing with your freedom. Our ancestors gave up so much for us to be here and to squander it is a crime. It pushes you you keep going with my favorite verse “I am going to keep running, cuz a winner don’t quit on themselves” Yassss!!!
The album has sparked rumors of the possibility of Jay-Z cheating on our beloved Beyonce and who is Becky with the Good Hair (Rita Ora, Rachel Roy) . In my opinion, I don’t think the entire album is autobiographically based. I think that it falls in line with what we want to hear and she catered to that. So whether it is true or untrue, I am going to enjoy my sip of lemonade.