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Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’

April 28, 2016

ELLIE MOSLANDER

Entertainment Editor | emo012@ latech.edu

 

Photo courtesy of Colombia  Parkwood 2016

Photo courtesy of Colombia Parkwood 2016

 

This weekend with the surprise release of Beyonce’s newest visual album “Lemonade,” the queen B has only gotten bolder, yet makes herself more vulnerable than ever and gives listeners a very real look into her life.

 

 

The album features artists The Weeknd, Jack White and Kendrick Lamar all adding contrast. “Lemonade” comes from Beyonce’s song with Lamar “Freedom,” where at the end a woman’s voice is heard saying,  “I was served lemons, but made lemonade instead.”

 

 

Each song shows how she did not let a devastating time destroy her, but made her stronger and instead she simply “made lemonade.”

 

 

“Lemonade” is about a marriage broken, split right open for all to see. Jay-Z and throughout it consistently hints at an affair he has or had in the past.

 

 

It is also about her growth as a woman, connecting to her Creole roots by referencing Louisiana and the
South. Her motherhood is also referenced, as her daughter, Blue Ivy, is featured at the end of “Daddy Lessons” and in the video playing with her grandfather.

 

 

Beyonce has always portrayed herself as very strong, bold and independent, but in “Lemonade” she makes this statement in a different way. Through the 12-track album and video pairings to each song, she is able to portray these lyrics in a visual way.

 

 

This made the album even stronger and has proven Beyonce is always striving for new forms of artistic expression.

 

 

She leaves herself vulnerable and open, but this only makes her human and proves even the most popular, admired and successful women can be hurt by the man she loves.

 

 

She starts off the album with “Pray You Catch Me,” which is a soft introduction, but is the beginning of her exposing her feelings to not only the audience of the world, but also the husband who cheated on her.

 

 

In “Hold Up,” she calls Jay-Z out, but chants “they don’t love you like I love you” as she wants him to know she is his wife and this carries a love no one else can give him the way she does.

 

 

Her third song “Don’t Hurt Yourself” is a sassy, sarcastic way of throwing him the finger.

 

 

In this song Beyonce makes the statement that she is a woman who has been hurt by a man, but she is also Beyonce, a music goddess as she says, “you’re not married to some average bitch.”

 

 

Track four is one of the sadder songs on the album as she talks about the effects cheating has on a person, bringing up feelings of wanting to leave her husband, but she says she would commit suicide before he ever saw her cry about it.

 

 

“Daddy Lessons,” talks about the influence her father had on her as he taught her about how men should treat women. She says,” daddy warned me about men like you.”

 

 

In track seven she tells Jay-Z, “if I wasn’t B would you still feel me?” She questions their marriage and even herself, because the affair has made her wonder if he only wants her for her name and success.

 

 

“Freedom,” is very powerful as it references back to times of slavery and hardship. But through this song Beyonce shows the world how African Americans were dealt a poor hand, but did not allow this to tear them down  but only made them stronger.

 

 

The album ends with the powerful and most popular song “Formation,” where Beyonce encourages women to be strong and powerful, because they are no matter what.

 

 

After listening to this album, one can only leave wanting to aspire to be more, be proud of who they are and embrace the various situations life gives, whether good or bad. All I can say is: Ladies, now let’s get in formation.

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