Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pour Me A Glass: #LEMONADE

So, unless you have been living under a rock, or deeply hung-over from an epic weekend, you certainly know that Beyonce dropped her sixth studio album late Saturday night. Let me start by saying this……she did not come to play with you kids!

Everyone and their mother is all up in a tizzy because they correlated the album concept with Beyonce’s personal affairs, specifically her marriage. I will just drop this gem right here for you….#LEMONADE ain’t got a damn thing to do with Beyonce’s personal life! Trust that Patty Perfect is not about to magically let you all up and through her marriage after ten years of keeping virtually mute about the very subject. Despite what the Beyhive may think, their fearless leader is not too far removed to pull an old Kardashian Stunt Queen move like this for some damn album sales, and publicity. The difference with Beyonce is that she actually has talent so her move is considered artistry.

Moving right along….#LEMONADE is a clear cut homage to black women, and all of their greatness. The album is an exploration of the generational and systemic warfare on black women. It is no secret that black women have been the target of verbal, emotional and physical abuse FOREVA (Cardi B voice). Whether it be from their men or society, black women have always felt the brunt of it all. Never a group to be victims of circumstance, we always, and I mean always seem to come out on the other side of life’s obstacles and most adversarial moments with sheer resilience. Hence the idea of taking lemons and making #LEMONADE!

Never one to be basic, Beyonce not only graced us with thirteen tracks of fire, she gave us a complimentary visual that was on the opposite end of the spectrum from the visuals that accompanied the BEYONCE album. The visuals for #LEMONADE were not your typical pop culture, trendy, gaudy music video, but instead a powerful imagery filled with black women in all of their essence and glooowwwrraaayy! #BlackGirlMagic The visuals had tons of celebrity cameos from Serena Williams to Zendaya Coleman. They also featured the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, which was an excellent use of her platform to showcase to the entire world that our young brothers lives were not taken in vein. #SayTheirName

#LEMONADE is not for the faint of heart, or the girl who clutches her pearls for every damn thing in life! Beyonce is serving the kids raw, unfiltered, and unapologetic realness, and you all will just have to deal. #UnapologeticallyBlack I am totally here for the burial of Perfect Patty, and the birth of Liberated Lucy aka King B! It makes Beyonce more human, as well as relatable to her core fan base, black women. Now the important part, I love everything about this album, no if ands or maybes. My favorite tracks include the following:

2. Hold Up
3. Don’t Hurt Yourself
4. Sorry
5. 6 Inch
7. Love Drought
8. Sandcastles
10. Freedom (Come Thru King Kendrick)
11. All Night

There you have it folks, my review of #LEMONADE, along with the tracks that I will be blasting at extremely ignorant levels throughout the summer! If you have tickets to Beyonce’s World Tour you only have a few days to get your asses in Formation!

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