It's been said Jay Z's next album will "tell his side of" the cheating narrative on Beyonce's "Lemonade." But we may already have the first piece of Hov's musical response to his wife's tale of a couple overcoming a bout with infidelity.
A new Tidal exclusive from Fat Joe features a verse from Jay Z. And it kicks off with a handful of apparent references to both Bey's album and a 2014 Met Gala elevator incident in which Solange Knowles is rumored to have accused her brother-in-law of flirting with designer Rachel Roy.
"You know you made it when the fact / Your marriage made it is worth millions/ Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is," Jay raps on a remix of "All the Way Up," which also features Remy Ma, French Montana and Infrared.
The elevator reference is less straight-forward:
"Prince left his masters where they safe and sound / We never gonna let the elevator take him down."
Prince, whose catalog is on Tidal, was found dead on an elevator at Paisley Park -- an eerie coincidence, given that his song, "Let's Go Crazy," urges listeners to "go crazy" and "punch a higher floor" if "the elevator" of life "lets you down" before you die.
Jay's line certainly references that fact, but outlets from Entertainment Weekly to USA Today agree it also sounds like a tie-in to the rapper's own elevator experience, which reportedly happened at a time when Jay and bey were on the verge of a split.
As Bustle points out, Beyonce also has a couple moments on "Lemonade" that sound like they're about the Met Gala incident.
There's this lyric from the James Blake-Beyonce track "Forward:" "It's time to listen, it's time to fight / Forward / Now we're going to hold doors open for a while / Now we can be open for a while."
And on "Hold Up," Bey sings, "Hold Up /Something don't feel right / 'Cause it ain't right/ Especially comin' up after midnight."
As for Jay's "All the Way Up" verse, he doesn't dwell on anything "Lemonade"-related. Instead, he moves on to happier topics -- like Blue Ivy, the daughter he shares with Beyonce, and his 21 Grammy Awards.
Guess that's how you keep that elevator going up.
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