Beyonce Delivers 'Lemonade' - Everything You Need To Know
Last weekend, Beyonce and HBO released a trailer for the secret video project. The airing put to rest one week of fervent speculation--what was Lemonade? Well, it's not a Carol Burnett-style variety hour, whatever hopes and dreams you placed in that notion. Lemonade is a longform music video providing context and narrative imagery to her bold, confessional lyrics. It's political, suggestive, scandalous, and downright beautiful--here's a rundown of everything you need to know.
Lemonade opens with Beyonce leaning on the hood of a Suburban, draped in fur, a familiar image from the trailer. Cut away to dangling chains in black and white, a Civil War-era battlement, and hoodie-clad Beyonce among stalks of tall grass. "Intuition," the title card suggests: "I tried to make a home out of you, but doors lead to trap doors, a stairway leads to nothing…what a f-ing curse."
"Denial" comes next. "I tried to make myself prettier--less awake." Now Beyonce is underwater, asking a man if he's cheating on her, but emerges to the happiest warpath ever seen, raining fire and water upon retro cars, diners and bystanders. She gets behind the wheel of a monster truck to finish the scene--and this is just the beginning of "Anger." This segment features fashions akin to Kanye's Yeezy Season Three and provocative Civil Rights Era audio: "The most disrespected…neglected…person in America is the black woman."
"Tonight I'm f-ing up all your s-, boy," Beyonce growls over the electro track. "If you try this s- again, you gonna lose your wife," rather pointedly putting Jay Z on notice. In the next section, "Apathy," Beyonce muses about what the offending husband will say at his wife's funeral--that he's broken her heart, taken her for granted. We'll soon find that this is deeper than a speculative allusion to real life events.
This is where the cameos take off. Serena Williams enters the frame--twerking around Beyonce in a leotard, a perfect double act of black excellence. The Lemonade collaborations don't quit when The Weeknd appears on the next, red-light district themed movement. In a poetic ode to her mother (featuring actress Quvenzhane Wallis), Beyonce identifies with the pain and anguish cheating and neglect caused them both, concluding--"am I talking about your husband, or your father?" Read more here.
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