Is it real? Or did Beyoncé make up a storyline to sell more records?
Beyoncé is not an average *****.
Immediately following the Lemonade premiere, the music community began dissecting every lyric she sings or screams. The provactive measures Beyoncé took to dream up a world of uncertainty prompts more questions than answers. Is there any truth behind the themes of infidelity? Was it aimed at husband Jay Z? Maybe she’s referring to her father Matthew Knowles? And… who the hell is Becky with the good hair?
The anguish heard in her voice on songs like “Don’t Hurt Yourself” or “Sandcastles” can’t be just for show. The visual album featured ambiguity about what exactly she wants to convey, but there’s truth to it, even if it’s miniscule.
Beyoncé will let her music do the talking, so what we’re left with is a million reports from this producer, that insider, that family member attempting to understand what Beyoncé is communicating.
Matthew Knowles, her estranged father who cheated on Beyoncé’s mom Tina Knowles and welcomed a child with his mistress at the time, Alexsandra Wright, wants to make it clear he never abused Beyoncé like she paints in the visual.
Before segueing into “Daddy Lessons,” Beyoncé reads a few lines written by Somali British poet Warsan Shire: “Did he convince you that he was God? … Are you a slave to the back of his hand? Am I talking about your husband or your father?”
“I can say I have never in my life hit my daughter,” Knowles told Mark Thompson’s Sirius XM show this week. “So she has never been a slave to the back of my hand because I didn’t believe in that.”
He also denied speculating WHO the album is about. “There’s no way we can get into the mind of Beyoncé,” he responded when asked if the album has to do with his relationship with his ex-wife. “Only Beyoncé can answer specifically who she was talking to. … I would rather not get into speculation. My answer is I don’t know.”
The wacky world of Beyonce gets more twisted with a new report from Page Six, who claim the record is a strategic storyline invented to drum up album sales. Similar to the Bonnie and Clyde personas they embraced in 2002, Lemonade is fantasy.
“They develop these storylines to sell albums,” said a source to the site. “‘Lemonade’ is a movie crafted to drive sales. Jay and Beyoncé are entertainers at the top of their game. Do you think Jay would release her album on [his own] Tidal if it really was all about him? He is 100 percent behind this.”
Another insider added, “They’re marketing masters. They’re pros at this. The more attention, the more they sell, the better. All that speculation is to get press when they need it. ‘Lemonade’ is much deeper than infidelity, but that’s the focus. As long as people are talking, they don’t care.”
E! News has insiders who would agree Jay Z was behind the theme.
“Jay was involved in the creation of Lemonade and knew every song Bey was going to release. He knew the lyrics; he knew the implications. He had to approve the songs before release. Jay is a very smart businessman…Bottom line is that they are both really smart and they both saw dollar signs.”
According to another source, “Beyoncé is amazed on how everything turned out. She worked day and night on this. She celebrated with family; Jay was by her side. When Beyoncé put this album together she was aware of the message she was sending out. She knew that people were going to dissect each word. Beyoncé wanted to connect with women’s emotions with this album.”
As for the cheating implications, the source says, “Jay is all about self-expression, so he gets it. Beyoncé shares music before it’s released with Jay so he can listen and share his thoughts. When it comes to music, they are very in it together and supportive of each other’s craft.”
But before you get a sour taste in your mouth, a separate source (ahh, all of the inside sources I can’t) claims the record IS about the liaisons Jay Z had with multiple women earlier in their relationship. Becky symbolizes all of his side chicks.
“I don’t think Beyoncé is calling out one girl. It is many girls. The rumors have been around for years.”
Things changed when Blue Ivy arrived in 2012.
The source adds, “Beyoncé had the baby and was like, ‘What am I doing? This is what my dad did to my mom.’ She really looked at herself. Jay is now a great husband, and this is in the past. They went through a rocky patch but things are good again. The video is about finally coming to terms with her strength and their love.”
“He is fully supportive,” another source continues to E!. “He understands the reasoning. This is part of the process of being transparent. And they have healed. He has been very humble about the experience. Beyoncé is the love of his life and he will do what it takes.