There are many people in this world who will drop a lot of money for a Beyonce concert. It’s supposed to be a religious experience, a defining moment of a lifetime or a generation. But there were still some people in the Beyhive who were side-eyeing the On the Run II tour. The side-eyes were because, and I quote, the tour was “Beyonce and Him,” meaning Jay-Z. The stans are happy to pay the money to see Beyonce in concert, but I got the feeling that only a handful of people were buying the tickets to see Jay-Z.
Another reason for the side-eye? Beyonce hasn’t put out a new album since Lemonade, and that was 2016! She’s guested on a few singles here and there, but the hive wanted new music to go along with the tour. Well, here you go: Beyonce and Him have dropped a new album. Exclusively on Tidal!! That’s the kicker. I don’t give a sh-t about Tidal, so I’ll wait until the sh-t gets released on iTunes, which usually happens soon enough. Beyonce will promote her man’s Tidal, but she’s no dummy: she’s going to drop it on iTunes within a week.
Apparently, there’s a method to all of this madness. The OTRII tour is quickly becoming a giant parade for Bey-Z to perform their love for each other. We’re years past the Elevator Drama, and two years removed from Beyonce ripping Jay a new one in Lemonade. So the album is Everything Is Love, and the tour is basically the We’re Still In Love Y’all Tour. Of course, the lyrics are about more than just “we’re still in love” – you can read a decent lyrical breakdown here. Jay-Z trashes the Super Bowl and the Grammys, Beyonce is still making references to how Jay was unfaithful, etc.
Even though this sh-t involves Him, I’m still into it though. You know why? Because I’m DYING for the visual album. Beyonce posted the video for the first single, “Apesh-t,” and THIS VIDEO WAS SHOT IN THE LOUVRE. I honestly believe that Beyonce and Him basically had to get clearance from the French government to do this. And they actually got permission!!! The Mona Lisa was super-excited to share the same space as Beyonce (and to a lesser degree, Him). (Also, this song is awesome.)
Here’s the album cover:
— BEYONCÉ (@Beyonce) June 16, 2018
Photos courtesy of Backgrid.