And Another One: Jay-Z And Beyoncé Release Joint Album “Everything Is Love”
When Beyoncé and Jay-Z kicked off their “On The Run II” world tour last week, many fans couldn’t justify expensive ticket prices when not much new music had been released by the couple for some time. Last year, Jay-Z revealed to the New York Times that the couple was working on project that had been placed on hold so they could individually focus on their solo albums, 4:44 (2017) and Lemonade (2016) were released. Well in the famous words of Hov himself, the Carters are “focused now” and last night fans got their entire lives when the Carters latest collaboration Everything Is Love dropped out of nowhere exclusively on Tidal.
Vulture reports the pair announced the album’s release casually at the closing of the couple’s second show in London on Saturday afternoon. The album, which in many ways overshadowed new releases by Nas and Christina Aguilera, is composed of nine songs, one bonus song and one visual component. The cover features a still shot from the music video “Ape S**t”, a single off the album that was shot in The Louvre (because yes, only the Carters could shoot a music video inside of one of the most famous museums in the world).
Track by track, Everything Is Love gives fans a glimpse into not only the build up and breakdown of the Carters’ marriage (LOVEHAPPY confirms that Jay did indeed break his vows, but also that the couple renewed them and are moving past the scandal) but also the Carters’ outlook on world views such as the NFL censoring players like Colin Kaepernick from their right to peacefully protest, and even a few comments on the beef between Kanye West and Drake. Of course, we also get to hear a few cameos from Blue Ivy shouting out her twin siblings, Rumi and Sir. Lastly, the couple basically declare war on Spotify noting that they will continue withholding their work from the music streaming service in favor of Tidal (sorry Spotify listeners). Pharrell, Cool and Dre and Detail are just a few of the major names Hov and Bey tapped for production.
Literally, the best of both worlds (which ironically was the name of an album Jay-Z released in 2002 with R. Kelly) fans will get everything they expected from Everything Is Love: Bragging and big egos riding prime beats, Bey spitting bars about love, marriage, motherhood and generational wealth. Jay-Z making plenty of profound comments on politics, business, friendship and the workings of the world. Unfortunately, we still aren’t any closer to learning the identity of “Becky with the good hair.”
You can check out the visual for “ApeS**t” below: