The Carters "EVERYTHING IS LOVE"
I was surprised that The Carters dropped an unexpected album but after talking with a friend of mine I realized I shouldn't have been because after all they are on tour, and who goes on tour without new material? No one. In 2016 Beyoncé released Lemonade, giving fans a little insight on her husband Jay-Z’s rumored infidelities. On Lemonade she shared her heartbreak, anger, and reconciliation while also celebrating black womanhood in all of our strength and splendor. In 2017 Jay-Z released 4:44 telling his side of the story, by owning up to his mishaps, apologizing, and declaring his love for Beyoncé while also dropping gems about black manhood and how to gain black economic wealth. On June 16th Beyoncé and Jay-Z released a collaborative album as The Carters called EVERYTHING IS LOVE as well as a video for their summer banger APES**T filmed in the Louvre which in all honesty is the ultimate flex.
I've listened to this album well over twenty times and I have finally concluded that I love it. I love everything about the album. I love what the album represents and the fact that just like Lemonade and 4:44 there is not only a celebration of blackness but a celebration of black love and black excellence. Beyoncé serenades listeners on their intro song "SUMMER" as she sings about making love to her husband Jay-Z on a white sand beach. At the end of the song, Damian Marley says that "Love is universal, Love is going to express itself as a form of forgiveness, and compassion for each other" which I feel is a message to anyone who feels that Beyoncé should not have forgiven Jay-Z for his infidelities. The Carters keep that same energy of essentially telling people to mind their business on "HEARD ABOUT US" by saying "we good, we good, keep us out your mouth".
Beyoncé speaks of how her circle is airtight and how she is not looking to add anyone new to her crew on "FRIENDS" while Jay-Z clears up the Kanye wedding drama that allegedly resulted in the disillusion of their friendship by saying "I ain't going to nobody nothin' if me and my wife beefin', I don't care if the house on fire, I'm dying n***a, I ain't leaving... If you don't understand that, we ain't meant to be friends". "NICE" is somewhat of an anthem in which I have a little dance I do everytime it plays because it's one of my favorite songs on this project, featuring Pharell. Beyoncé and Jay-Z can be heard chanting "I can do anything ... and I'm Nice Nice Nice Nice... covered in Ice Ice Ice Ice" on the chorus while Beyoncé clarifies that she could care less about streaming numbers and how their last name is "going to be here forever" because in all honesty... it is because The Carters have built an empire. The Carters flex about their status and legacy on "BOSS" while also giving listeners free game stating that "over here we measure success by how many people successful next to you, here we say you broke if everybody is broke except for you" which in all honestly is a mindset that anyone who claims they are a "boss" should have because how can you claim to be a "boss" when you are the only person on your team winning? You can't.
The Carters hop on "BLACK EFFECT" verifying their street credibility by saying that they are "good on any MLK Boulevard" in other words they are good in any hood because MLK Boulevard is usually located in more impoverished areas or "hoods". On "BLACK EFFECT" they also celebrate their blackness by saying they are "blacker than the Essence Fest" and how black women should celebrate our beauty by "stunt[ing] with your curls, your lips, Sarah Baartman hips", Jay-Z also states that they have reached the success they have currently because of faith the size of a mustard seed. The Carters end EVERYTHING IS LOVE with "LOVEHAPPY" as they talk about how they have been through and overcome a lot, how they are both flawed but still perfect for each other, and how while they have overcome a lot there is still work to be done.
Showcasing that they are the ultimate power couple, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have overcome infidelity just like many other married couples and are now telling the world that they are okay, doing better than ever, and to mind, your own business and I honestly see nothing wrong with that. This album is my favorite release so far this Summer and I see it becoming a classic.