Beyoncé has reportedly used Kim Burrell‘s music to help her overcome past marriage woes with JAY-Z, according to the Gospel music veteran.
An interview with “We Sound Crazy!” from last October has recently surfaced online, in which she discussed the artists on her Mount Rushmore and why despite not being a rap fan, JAY-Z stood out.
The decision came after she learned from him that Beyoncé used her music as a form of comfort during their marriage troubles — a subject of both Beyonce’s 2016 album Lemonade and JAY-Z’s 2017 album 4:44.
Prior to collaborating with Jay for his highly emotional track entitled, “Kill JAY-Z,” — a song in which the rapper confronts how he has negatively affected his marriage — he shared with her details about his marital problems. She said that Jay told her when the couple’s marriage was in its darkest years, she blasted Burrell’s music throughout the house to keep her spirits up.
According to Burrell, there was even an incident where Bey allegedly locked herself in a room for 11 hours, playing nothing but Kim’s music, only to emerge refreshed and ready to repair their relationship. Jay told her that he had to meet the woman who helped lift his wife’s spirits.
“So I flew to him,” she said. “He was in the studio at the time, making 4:44, and we sat and we talked for about four-and-a-half hours about things that were so intimate that I would never ever share and that’s why he goes on my Mount Rushmore, because of our personal encounter.”
She added: “But that does not take away from his ability. His ability is matchless to me.”
In other Beyoncé news, the singer recently debuted her joint Renaissance Couture Collection with Balmain after cutting ties with adidas. She announced the venture via an exclusive cover story for Vogue.
Bey’s new clothing collection was crafted alongside famed designer Olivier Rousteing, who told Vogue that the idea for the joint line came to him after he had Renaissance on repeat while designing Balmain’s spring 2023 collection.
“I was sketching and sketching as I listened, and sometimes you can’t control the emotion of your sketch. And I started to imagine the sketches inside her album, how they would relate to the songs and the lyrics,” he said. “It wasn’t something I was supposed to be doing but I was just inspired by the music to do it. And that’s how this started.”
The collection was designed over the last five months and is comprised of 16 looks inspired by stand-out lyrics from all 16 tracks of Beyoncé’s Grammy-award-winning project. The resulting looks were made to honor both the historic legacy of Balmain as well as the creative heritage of Bey herself.
“I can’t help but be thrilled by the history-making aspects of this collaboration,” Rousteing told the outlet. “This appears to be the first time that a Black woman has overseen the couture offering from an historic Parisian house. And those designs were created in partnership with the first Black man to ever oversee all the collections at an historic Parisian house.”