I Can't Call It - Lemonade: Beyonce

Posted On Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is" - Guru

Men ain’t shit. And if you listen to Beyonce’s new album “Lemonade” she helps us all see that crystal clear. Now before all my dudes get at me, like “Kil, you talking REAL reckless right now” let me explain. See, the second I had my daughter 10 years ago, I’ve been pro women and I haven’t looked back since. Now don’t get it twisted, I’m still out here in these married streets fighting for the rights of men across the globe ever single day cause women got their ish with them too but this ain’t THAT album.  See, once I realized I was having a girl, it hit me that one day, no matter how far off that day is…she’s going to fall in love with some knucklehead (all teenage boys are knuckleheads IMO) and that knucklehead is going to break her heart. Now since that epiphany I’ve come to terms that getting her heart broke is inevitable and all I can do is make sure I’m there to help her pick up the pieces and help put her heart back together…again and again and again cause don’t forget, men ain’t shit. Sure eventually some of us get our stuff together. Usually around the time we’re old enough to apply for social security but for the most part, most of us don’t. And since that’s the way of the world, I’ve been on a mission like Special Ed challenging men including myself to do better. And to keep it 100 we ALL know we can stand to do better. Now, with all of that said let’s chop it up about just how dope is B’s newest offering is and trust me…it’s VERY Dope!

"Lemonade" sets off with "Pray You Catch Me" which sets the tone for the entire album as soon as you hear B set it with "you can taste the dishonesty, it's all over your breath" and if by any chance you weren't sure where this "Lemonade" journey is gonna take you the Diplo produced "Hold Up" gives you the exact location where we're going, "something don't feel right because it ain't right, especially coming up after midnight/I smell your secret and I'm not too perfect, to ever feel this worthless/how did it come down to this, going through your call list, I don't wanna lose my pride, but I'mma fuck me up a bitch/know that I kept it sexy and know I kept it fun, there's something that I'm missing, maybe my head for one/what's worse, looking jealous or crazy or like being walked all over lately, I'd rather be crazy." The Jack White produced "Don't Hurt Yourself" is BONKERS and has B in full fledge rocker mode breaking down to the most simplistic level of what the two becoming one is all about "when you hurt me, you hurt yourself/when you dis me, you dis yourself." And by the end of song B is straight going off like Biz,"you ain't married to no average bitch boy, you can watch my fat ass twist boy, as I bounce to the next dick boy/and keep your money, I got my own, get a bigger smile on my face being alone." The Hit Boy produced "Sorry" bangs and will be the new anthem for women who've been done dirty by their dudes, "middle fingers up, put them hands high/wave it in his face, tell him boy bye, tell him boy bye, middle fingers up, I ain't thinking 'bout you" and while the rest of the world hears country music on "Daddy's Lessons" I hear an ill ass New Orleans second line poppin' off while B breaks down how her pop raised her, "and he told me when he's gone, here's what you do/when trouble comes to town, and men like me come around, my daddy said shoot."

"Sandcastle" is the lone ballad on the album which leads into "Forward" featuring James Blake which turns the tide of the album and has B talking about leaving the past in the past and moving forward. The Just Blaze produced "Freedom" is straight BONKERS and has that 2003 Saigon "Come On Baby" and Fat Joe's "Safe 2 Say (The Incredible)" Just Blaze stink (even tho word is B gave Just the sample to use. Just ANOTHER reason to respect B's hustle) on it and did I mention K Dot slides through to makes a cameo? The Diplo produced "All Night" is so stupid it doesn't even make sense. Not only does it sample one of my favorite Outkast songs in "Spootieottie..." but it has Marcus Miller straight losing his mind on the bass and it ends this album's journey on the dopest note with B's words, "they say true love is the greatest weapon, to win the war caused by pain/but every diamond has imperfections, but my love's too pure to watch it chip away/nothing real can be threatened, true love breathes salvation back into me/with every tear came redemption, and my torturer became a remedy." B's Mike Will Made It produced super bowl banger "Formation" officially ends the album and takes all the women back to the club with their new found emancipation but my 2 fave bangers from "Lemonade" are "6 Inch" and "Love Drought." The Boots produced "6 Inch" samples one of my fave Issac Hayes bangers "Walk On By" made famous by Easy Mo & BIG's "Warning" and has B showing just how hard hard women hustle, "stars in her eyes, she fights for the power keeping time/she grinds day and night, she grinds from Monday to Friday, works from Friday to Sunday." And the Mike Dean produced "Love Drought" is just a BANGER in every sense of the word! The beat is BANANAS and just like when KRS asked, lyrics somebody want lyrics? Well, don't sweat that cause B got that covered. "Cause you and me could move a mountain, you and me could calm a war down/you and me could make it rain now, you and me could stop this love drought."

Let me tell ya'll a 'lil story which is the best way to sum up "Lemonade" from an aging b boy's perspective. The other day, my dude got at me about the new Hav and Meth song Alchemist produced and my reply was "it's cool but there’s beats on B’s album harder then that." Hold tight….did I just say there are harder beats on a new Beyonce album then a Hav & Alchemist banger? Yup…I did. And trust, I know how crazy that sounds but what can I say? The truth is the truth. Plus Jay already told us a minute ago “my baby mama harder then a lot of you niggaz” and guess what? That nigga wasn’t lying.

5 outta 5

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