On her explosive new album, Renaissance, Beyoncé finally broke her silence, revealing how she fixed her and her husband Jay Z’s romance due to the cheating rumors and the infamous lift incident which saw her sister physically attack the rapper. She used the album’s 16 tracks to give an abridged version of the life.
The new album also referred to the troubled upbringing of Jay, whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised with siblings Michelle, Andrea, and Eric by mum Gloria after their father Adnis Reeves walked out on them. It had in 2014 been reported that Beyoncé’s sister Solange & Jay fought in a New York hotel lift. Camera footage showed Solange throwing punches at him before she was dragged off the rapper.
In the then 58-second clip, Beyoncé had been seen frozen in the corner of the lift but shortly after, she, Jay Z, and Solange released a statement.
“Jay and Solange have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in public,” the statement read. In the new album, Beyoncé referred to the criticism around her relationship with Jay on Plastic off the Sofa, as she sings: “We don’t need the world’s acceptance.”
“They’re too hard on me, they’re too hard on you, boy. Boy, I know you can’t help but to be yourself around me, yourself around me. And I know nobody’s perfect so I’ll let you be, I’ll let you be.”
“It’s the way that you wear emotions on both of your sleeves, till the face you make when I tell you that I had to leave.” The singer also hinted at the women Jay was rumored to have been with in Alien Superstar and how no one can come close to their chemistry. She sings: “I’m one of one, I’m number one, I’m the only one.”
“Don’t even waste your time trying to compete with me. No one else in this world can think like me. I’m twisted, contradicted, keep him addicted.”
In the album, she also sings about empowerment and hints she was in the driving seat when deciding where their marriage would go. On the track I’m That Girl, she sings: “You see it, you see it when you look to me, I didn’t want this power, I didn’t want this power, you know love is my weakness, don’t need drugs for some freak s**t, I am just high all the time, I’m out of my mind.”
In the on-track Virgo’s Groove, a reference to her star sign, Beyoncé sings about working on her relationship and reigniting the spark of when they first met in 2000.
She sings: “There is nothing that I want as much as I want you; a psychic here told me we got s**t to do. We ain’t got time like we used to, but we still shine like we used to, we still grind like we used to, we cut ties when we need to.” Of Jay’s troubled upbringing and protecting her husband, who she met when she was 18 and in the girl’s band Destiny’s Child, she sings: “I’ll always be your secret weapon in your arsenal.”
“And I know you had it rough growing up, but that’s OK, I like it rough. Baby when you let your feelings get in the way. I still like it, baby, oh I like it, baby.”
Accordingly, the album’s second song, Cozy, hinted at the incident of the lift fight. She sings: “She’s a god, she’s a hero, she survived, all she been through, confident and she lethal. Might I suggest you don’t f*** with my sis because she comfortable. Comfortable in my skin, cozy with who I am.” Lastly, the song Cuff It, regarded as an upbeat track, was hinged on Black Lives Matter.
Beyoncé sings: “I’m in the mood to f*** something up, I want to go missing, I need a prescription, I want to go higher, can I sit on top of you? I want to go where nobody’s been, have you ever had fun like this? We gonna f*** up the night, black lives, spaceships fly, unapologetic when we f*** up the night.”
However, the mom-to-daughter Blue Ivy, 10, and twins Rumi and Sir, 5, recorded Renaissance over three years. It was released just days after Rolling Stone Magazine named her the world’s greatest living entertainer. So far, the singer from Houston, Texas, has won 28 Grammys and had 5 UK No1 singles and three UK No1 albums. On the other hand, Jay-Z is worth £1.1billion from business ventures.