“I’ve had my ups and downs, but I always find the inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” – Hattie White, Jay Z’s grandmother
Beyoncé released her sixth studio album, Lemonade, on April 23rd, 2016 and I WAS NOT ready for what Ms. Knowles-Carter had delivered. I believed everyone was under the assumption that the HBO short film would lead us to the album, but she came through, with easily one of the best albums of 2016..and we’re not even halfway through the year!!! I waited giving my complete feelings of Lemonade because I wanted to digest what the meaning is behind the visuals. Since the album has been released, social media has been in a complete frenzy over the “Becky with the good hair” reference in sorry. I am under the assumption that everyone thinks that the album is about Jay Z cheating, and Bey forgiving him…but I think it is a marketing strategy. An AMAZING one, may I add. Jay & Bey know how to sell albums.
However, I feel as if…the album is more of the journey of a woman..a BLACK WOMAN, and finding yourself..after all of the troubles you’re faced with on a daily basis. In my opinion, this is Bey’s BEST work (my other personal favorite is 4). Back to the quote from Jay Z’s grandmother stated above: it tells the tale of a woman who was faced with numerous obstacles, but always found a way to rise above it all. “I was served lemons, but I made lemonade,” is showing the world that women can do the damn thing and then some. You have to do something with the lemons, right? Bey holds NOTHING back on tracks such as Hold Up & Don’t Hurt Yourself. “Who the fuck do you think I is,” sent me over the edge!!! the rawness and edginess on this album is what grabbed my attention. and do not get me STARTED on 6 inch. ANYONE WHO SAMPLES ISAAC HAYES’ “Walk on By” WINS, because that is my song. When I first saw the track list, I was kind of skeptical because I am not a huge “The Weeknd” fan, but I was impressed by how great this song is.
Let’s get back on track here…Lemonade is an album of self-reflection, expressing emotions of anger, guilt, doubting yourself, liberating yourself and FORGIVENESS. TIDAL described the album as “A conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing.” It is important to remember..whether you’re a man or a woman…that you know your self-worth. Understanding what you’re capable of doing or being..is a wonderful feeling. In a world where our black women needed uplifting, Bey came through with a phenomenal record. Freedom (which is one of my favorites on the album,) is a song that uplifts and empowers women to break free of the chains that society has placed upon them. In a society where social justice and the #BLM movement is crucial to promote, Bey did an amazing job with the visuals regarding this record. It’s what America needs to see. The controversial Formation closes out this groundbreaking LP and although it seems out of place, it deserves to have it’s shine and continues where Freedom left off.
Beyoncé has impressed me once again with this bold and daring album.She proves to the world that women are socially conscious, and they will be heard. Beyoncé is a force of nature, and it’s at the point where there’s literally nothing she can’t do.
“Pray You Catch Me” 9/10
“Hold Up” 10/10
⭐️”Don’t Hurt Yourself” 10/10 ⭐️
⭐️”6 inch” 10/10⭐️
⭐️”Daddy Lessons” 10/10⭐️
“Love Drought” 5/10
⭐️”Freedom” 10/10 ⭐️
“All night” 9/10