“Love Drought” actually has no affiliation with Jigga.
After word spread that Beyoncé’s Lemonade was a candid response to JAY Z’s rumored infidelity, it’s been a non-stop cycle of speculation. Who is Becky with the good hair? Why would Jigga cheat? More importantly, why would she stay with him? In all honesty, we might never know the answers to these questions.
However, the backstory behind “Love Drought” has surfaced, courtesy of the song’s co-writer and it’s a juicy tale that every BeyHive member needs to know.
In a new interview with Genius, Parkwood artist and Bey’s childhood friend, Ingrid Burley, revealed that the electro-tinged love ballad is actually about her beef with Bey’s label. As the story goes, Burley was recruited to work on Lemonade, but the label had told her that the pop titan wasn’t listening to other submissions from Parkwood artists. Low and behold, she was and they were caught in that lie during a meeting.
“They just told me that she’s not listening to any music, which doesn’t even sound right. You know? I was so pissed, so then I had my feet on the desk. I’m smoking. Smoke’s going in the air. I remember it like it was yesterday. I wrote the song in like 30 minutes,” she said, before reciting lines from the cut, which go hand-in-hand with her road block with the label.
Burley revealed that it took some time to get over it, but the last laugh was so worth it. “The only way that I could really get over it was like, ‘She’s gonna sing the song I wrote about her label one day.'” she recalled.
Watch Ingrid Burley break down the meaning behind Beyoncè’s “Love Drought” below!