Jay Z fi­nally re­sponds to ‘Le­mon­ade’

The African - - POT POURRI -

JAY Z has re­sponded pub­licly one month later to his wife Bey­once’s al­bum “Le­mon­ade” that hints at his in­fi­delity – and like her, he is do­ing so in song.

The hip-hop mogul, in his first new mu­si­cal con­tri­bu­tion of sig­nif­i­cant length in two years, of­fered a verse in a track re­leased late last Tues­day by fel­low New York rap­pers Remy Ma and Fat Joe.

The new mix of their song All the Way Up, pointed to the vast com­mer­cial suc­cess of Le­mon­ade, which was ini­tially re­leased ex­clu­sively on his Tidal stream­ing ser­vice and hit num­ber one on the US chart.

“You know you made it when the fact / Your mar­riage made it worth mil­lions,” he raps, adding, if the al­lu­sion was un­clear, “Le­mon­ade is a pop­u­lar drink and it still is.”

He also men­tioned the cou­ple’s daugh­ter, Blue Ivy, boast­ing that she is “show­ered in gold” and “look­ing like Pac in the tub,” a ref­er­ence to late rap leg­end Tu­pac Shakur who fa­mously posed un­der lay­ers of gold in a bath­tub.

Bey­once re­leased Le­mon­ade on April 23 and ac­com­pa­nied the al­bum with a movie tele­vised on HBO.

The tracks in­clude ‘Don’t Hurt Your­self’, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with garage rocker Jack White, in which Bey­once rages against in­fi­deli­ties and an­nounces a “fi­nal warn­ing” to the un­named part­ner that if he does not change he will “lose your wife.”

The film ini­tially trig­gered a flurry of on­line spec­u­la­tion that Le­mon­ade was an elab­o­rate an­nounce­ment of a di­vorce, but Bey­once is seen later in the film em­brac­ing a sullen Jay Z.

The verse may not be Jay Z’s only word on Le­mon­ade. Celebrity news out­lets have re­ported that Jay Z is work­ing on his own al­bum in re­sponse, and also that he and Bey­once are pre­par­ing a joint re­lease.

The cou­ple – to­gether worth an es­ti­mated $1 bil­lion – have not com­mented on po­ten­tial up­com­ing re­leases. Bey­once has em­barked on a global tour.

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