Over the weekend, Beyoncé and JAY-Z decided to cancel everyone’s plans by surprise dropping their long-awaited joint album during their On The Run II stadium tour with absolutely zero notice. Yes, it’s true — the world does revolve around the Carters and we’re lucky to be living in it!
While most of us still haven’t had enough time to fully digest Everything Is Love, that doesn’t mean we haven’t spent every single second analyzing all the details since its unexpected arrival. Now that the trilogy is officially complete, here are 10 of the biggest takeaways from the record. Scroll down for all of these mind blowing revelations.
Beyoncé’s got bars
If you didn’t already know by now, rapper Beyoncé is the baddest MC in the game. “APESHIT” immediately reminded everyone that Queen Bey doesn’t waste her precious time on petty drama. Don’t sleep on the fact that she’s a Virgo that was born and bred in Houston. Of course, Bey has been dropping bars since 1998 as demonstrated on Destiny’s Child’s remix of their single “No, No, No, Part 2” featuring Wyclef Jean. For a full report, please visit this breakdown on The FADER.
The Carters have no interest in the NFL’s money
On “APESHIT”, Beyoncé spits the following line: “I said no to the Super Bowl/ You need me, I don’t need you/ Every night we in the end zone/ Tell the NFL we in stadiums too.” Back in 2016, Bey single-handedly owned the Super Bowl Halftime show as she paid homage to 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party with an epic performance of “Formation”. Last year, Bey had the honor of presenting Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated‘s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award so needless to say that we know where the Carters stand (or kneel) on that issue… Keep it!
They are still strongly opposed to police brutality and racial profiling
The couple addresses this ongoing controversy head on in the chorus of “BLACK EFFECT”: “Get your hands up high like a false arrest/ Let me see em up high, this is not a test/ Let me see em, this is not a test/ Now hands where I can see them.” In the past, JAY-Z has quietly bailed out people on Mother’s and Father’s Day. Back in 2016, Beyoncé beautifully paid tribute to Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown by featuring their mothers in her music video for “Forward”.
While they have never been the type of celebrities to publicly broadcast their activism, they continue to be very involved behind the scenes. Ever since the Carters pledged their allegiance to Barack Obama, they haven’t missed an opportunity to get political. During Obama’s second term, Beyoncé was invited to sing the national anthem for his inauguration. For the 2016 election, they both voiced their support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Carters are total art snobs
JAY-Z let the world know that he’s all about that life when he was talking about Pablo Picasso on 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail and proceeded to shoot a performance art film with the help of Marina Abramović. As for Beyoncé, she’s put the world on to more black artists like Warsan Shire, Laolu Senbanjo and Loza Maleombho while referencing the work of Pipilotti Rist, Terrence Malick and Julie Dash through the visuals of LEMONADE which also celebrated different aspects of African cultures. She also used her 2013 self-titled album as a platform to elevate the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
This all stems from Beyoncé being raised in a household where her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson immersed her in the black arts. “I think it was important to my mother to surround us with positive, powerful, strong images of African and African-American art so that we could reflect and see ourselves in them,” Beyoncé previously told the New York Times. “My mother has always been invested in making women feel beautiful whether it was through someone sitting in her hair chair or making a prom dress for one of the girls at church. And her art collection always told the stories of women wanting to do the same.”
Some people have suggested that the artwork for Everything Is Love is inspired by the work of Deana Lawson. Now that they have secured an endorsement from The Louvre, the Carters are officially set for life.
Bey and Jay don’t need the Academy anymore in order to achieve success
Despite being snubbed at the Grammy Awards yet again, Beyoncé and Jay are doing just fine – thank you for asking! “Tell the Grammys fuck that 0 for 8 shit,” Jay says. “Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apeshit?”
The Carters couldn’t care less about streaming numbers
There’s a reason why LEMONADE was never added on Spotify, and Beyoncé finally dropped the truth bomb on “NICE” when she said “Patiently waiting for my demise/ Cause my success can’t be quantified/ If I gave two fucks, two fucks about streaming numbers/ Would have put ‘Lemonade’ up on Spotify.” Beyoncé fully supports her man so making the album a TIDAL exclusive was a no brainer. Moving on!
They are skilled swimmers
Once again, the couple makes metaphors about their favorite element – water. First they were surfing on “Drunk In Love”, then came the waterfalls on “Rocket” and now they are all up in the ocean in “SUMMER”. In other words, their sex life has never been better.
Family always comes first
It’s rumored that JAY-Z touches on his strained relationship with Kanye West on the track “FRIENDS” with this specific line: “I ain’t going to nobody for nothing when me and my wife beefing/ I don’t care if the house on fire, I’m dying, nigga, I ain’t leaving/ Ty Ty take care of my kids, after he done grieving/ If ya’ll don’t understand that, we ain’t meant to be friends.”
In 2014, the Carters opted out of attending the spectacle that was the Kardashian-West wedding for reasons unknown to the public. Kanye is still hurt about it, and recently brought it up in an interview with Charlamagne tha God. “Respectfully, I have to say I was hurt that they didn’t come to the wedding,“ he said. “I understand they were going through some things, but if it’s family, you’re not gonna miss a wedding.”
They are still working through their marital issues
No relationship is perfect and the Carters are not exempt from obstacles. On “LOVEHAPPY”, Beyoncé is upfront about some of their issues like infidelity: “You did some things to me, boy you do some things to me / But love is deeper than your pain and I believe you can change / Baby, the ups and downs are worth it, long way to go, but we’ll work it / We’re flawed but we’re still perfect for each other / Sometimes I thought we’d never see the light / Went through hell with heaven on our side / This beach ain’t always been no paradise/ But nightmares only last one night.”
Oh, and at some point they got remarried? This is news to me! Bey literally said, “You fucked up the first stone/ We had to get remarried.”
JAY-Z would like you to know that he is NOT the father to anyone that is not named Blue Ivy, Sir or Rumi
The rapper makes this clear on “HEARD ABOUT US” with the line “For the thousandth time, the kid ain’t mine / Online they call me Dad, kiddingly / You’re not supposed to take this dad thing literally.” Despite Rymir Satterthwaite’s ongoing agenda, Hov claims that a secret love child does not exist so case closed.
In related news, peep this visual breakdown of Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s “APESHIT” video.