Beyoncé and JAY-Z blessed fans with their EVERYTHING IS LOVE joint album on Saturday (June 16). The couple caught us all by surprise, especially since they seemed to take no prisoners with their songs.
From Spotify to the Grammys, from the Super Bowl to Hov’s (alleged) son, The Carters came to scalp everybody.
But there are a few lyrics that stand out more than others. Here’s our list of the wildest EVERYTHING IS LOVE lyrics — shots fired!
10. “Up and down motion, come swim in my ocean, yeah yeah.” — “SUMMER”
This certainly isn’t the first time that Beyoncé used a swimming analogy to describe her ill na-na (think back to the “surfboard” reference from “Drunk in Love”), but it’s still shocking to hear her be so forward about her sex life with JAY-Z. Beyoncé doesn’t fuck … she makes love. Right? Still, go’head, Queen Bey — you earned that good lovin.’
9. “We came, and we saw, and we conquered it all. We came, and we conquered, now we’re happy in love.” — “LOVEHAPPY”
Queen Bey has come a long way from indicting Hova for every time he (allegedly) called Becky with the Good Hair on Lemonade. It’s rather sweet to know that, despite all the nonsense, they managed to work through their problems. Now that’s love, folks.
8. “No cap, false, nigga, you not a boss, you got a boss. Niggas getting jerked, that shit hurts, I take it personally. Niggas rather work for the man than to work with me, just so they can pretend they on my level, that shit is irkin’ to me.” — “BOSS”
At first listen, this sounds like JAY-Z is taking a swipe at his frenemy Kanye West. We can trace their beef all the way back to November 2016, when West went on a tirade (when does he not, really?) about JAY-Z while on tour. And, of course, Hova got his licks in with “4:44.” However, we’ll also recall that Hova called Yeezy “his brother” earlier this year, so it’s quite possible the dust has (mostly) settled on that issue. Could it be that JAY-Z is talking about Drake? Whoever he’s talking about here, JAY-Z has subbed his enemies and let the cards fall where they may. Basically, if someone thinks it’s about them, it probably is.
7. “You fucked up the first stone. We had to get remarried.” — “LOVEHAPPY”
Wait … JAY-Z screwed up so badly that they had to get re-married? Lord. No wonder Solange issued that beatdown in the elevator.
6. “Yeah, fuck your subpoenas and your misdemeanors — was too busy touring out all your arenas.” — “NICE”
Hov seems to be addressing his recent legal issues — namely, that he ignored a subpoena issued by the SEC regarding an investigation into the company that bought his Rocawear clothing line. While the official response from Mr. Carter’s legal team was the investigation’s a “celebrity witch hunt,” JAY’s stance is that he was too busy making money to hear what the government was talking about.
5. “I said no to the Superbowl: you need me, I don’t need you. Every night we in the endzone. Tell the NFL we in stadiums too.” — “APESHIT”
Before the NFL confirmed that Justin Timberlake would be playing the halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl, rumors began circulating that none other than JAY was entertaining thoughts of a Super Bowl performance. He never directly addressed the rumors until now — but on the other hand, part of his animus may have something to do with the reaction to his wife’s performance from the likes of Rudy Giuliani.
4. “If I gave two fucks – two fucks about streaming numbers, would have put Lemonade up on Spotify. Fuck you, fuck you. You’re cool, fuck you.” — “NICE”
When Beyoncé dropped her Lemonade album exclusively on TIDAL — the streaming service she co-owns with her husband — critics remarked that she lost out on millions of streams for her singles and the album itself (though it bears stating the album still hit #1 on the Billboard 200, regardless). Beyoncé, however, seems to not give one sweet whit about either “loss” because she’s good, thank you very much. Also, fans of the film Half Baked may have noticed the reference.
3. “Tell the Grammy’s fuck that 0 for 8 shit. Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apeshit?” — “APESHIT”
This year, JAY-Z was up for eight Grammys, and he walked away with none. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by the snub, as he’s more concerned with making his fans happy than he is about getting industry awards that have historically gotten it all wrong when it comes to Hip Hop. Who else besides the Grammys snubs A Tribe Called Quest, after all?
2. “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 y’all don’t understand that, we ain’t meant to be friends.” — “FRIENDS”
This is the hardest, most undeniable swipe at Kanye West throughout the entire album. We’ll recall that when ‘Ye married Kim Kardashian, JAY and Beyoncé didn’t attend the wedding because they were undergoing marital strife at the time. Yeezy later said that he was “hurt” by the couple not attending the wedding. With this lyric, JAY-Z is making his position clear: if people can’t respect his personal boundaries and priorities, they don’t need to be in his life.
1. “Billie Jean in his prime, for the thousand time, the kid ain’t mine. Online they call me Dad, kiddingly — you’re not supposed to take this Dad thing literally.” — “HEARD ABOUT US”
As we’ve previously reported, 24-year-old Rymir Satterthwaite has claimed JAY’s avoided taking a paternity test for nearly a decade. Hov previously denied paternity of Satterthwaite through his lawyers in 2011, saying “there has been no determination or viable claim of a familial relationship with Mr. Carter.” This is the first time he’s addressed the paternity case directly.