And he really isn't holding back
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
The Beyhive may be left wondering whether or not Beyoncé and Jay-Z have in fact welcomed their twins after a less-than-subtle tweet from Bey’s dad, but it seems the couple are adding more fuel to speculative fires – and this time, it’s about their marriage.
Jay-Z released his new album, 4:44 exclusively to his streaming service, Tidal, and is set to perform his new material live for the first time at this year’s V Festival.
The latest from the rapper and producer is a visual album to counter Beyoncé’s now-legendary Lemonade, and it seems that he is using his new material to address those much discussed rumours of infidelity that were fiercely alluded to in Queen Bey’s album.
Beyoncé’s track, Sorry, sent fans into meltdown wondering who ‘Becky with the good hair’ was, sparking an international (wo)man hunt for the lady who Jay-Z supposedly strayed with (if Lemonade is, you know, factual).
In response, Jay-Z has penned Family Feud, which actually features vocals from Bey, and he responds to allegations of cheating head on. Oh, and he even mentions the mysterious ‘Becky’.
‘Super Bowl goals/My wife in the crib feedin’ the kids liquid gold/We in a whole different mode,’ he raps.
‘Yeah, I’ll f*** up a good thing if you let me/Leave me alone, Becky/A man that don’t take care his family can’t be rich.’
But he doesn’t stop there. In the track 4:44, Jay also appears to apologise to Beyoncé, who he has been married to for ten years, about his indiscretions.
‘I apologise/Often womanise/Took my child to be born, see through a woman’s eyes,’ he sings.
‘Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles/Took me too long for this song/I don’t deserve you.
‘If my children knew, I don’t even know what I would do/If they ain’t look at me the same, I would prolly die with all the shame.
‘You did what with who?/What good is a menage a trois when you have a soulmate, you risked that for Blue?’
Clearly on a roll, Jay-Z also decides to rap about that lift fight with Solange, Beyoncé’s sister, at the Met Gala in 2014.
‘You egg Solange on knowing all along all you had to say was you was wrong/You almost went Eric Benet!/Let the baddest girl in the world get away,’ he reflects.
‘I don’t even know what to say, n**** never go Eric Benet.’
The Beyhive will remember that Beyoncé’s song Hold Up from Lemonade also mentions the ‘baddest’ woman, who is ‘in the game up in your sheets’.
A response to the cheating accusations on Lemonade, or part of an storyline that creatively links the couple’s two albums? We’ll let you decide.