Kyana Harris


In very typical fashion of the Carters, they released a joint album on June 16. The new project, which consists of 9 tracks, was only available on Tidal for the first two days. Just ten days into their joint tour, the couple put out an album that represented their status, and expressed their current state of marriage after being widely aired out on Beyoncé’s Lemonade album. One could argue that if the the album is a reflection of where they stand, their bond is rock solid. EVERYTHING IS LOVE has no features, every track is credited as “The Carters.”

The first track, “SUMMER” seems to pick up where Lemonade left off. She sings, “We’ve never been this far from the shore. We might not ever go back anymore.” It suggests that life is better off land, isolated from outside forces. This sets the tone for the whole album, a unique sound with an air of elitism. Beyoncé’s buttery voice then proposes the idea of making love in the summertime. It’s like a soundtrack to their yacht excursions. She sings, “I wanna drown in the depths of you, when the water’s so blue.” Jay-Z finally comes in and asserts, “I brought my sand to the beach.” He recalls summer nights in the projects and contrasts it with his comfortable life now.

“APESHIT” is a cosmo-electric statement full of bravado and swag. Beyoncé raps and even plays with auto tune to mimic today’s hip-hop subculture of trap. Beyoncé’s verse brags about making it, living lavish, and reigning over crowds as she races with the computer generated sounds. The song is perfectly timed, and sure to be a hit as they continue the On the Run II Tour.

In “BOSS” the Carters attempt to come down from their throne and be relatable. Beyoncé points out “I got problems just like you.” However, the song quickly pivots back to their role as superpowers in the music industry. Jay-Z raps, “It’s disturbing what I gross. Survey says you not even close.”

The best moment of the album came with the second to last track, “BLACK EFFECT.” This might quite honestly be the blackest song of the year to date, or as Jay raps “blacker than Essence fest.” The track begins with an island woman’s definition of love. “It’s about sensitivity, it’s about passion/ It’s about unconditional giving of self to another person.” The piano playing speeds up, a sample begins and then the bass hit your ears as Jay Z declares, “I’m good on any MLK boulevard.” The song is essentially an ode to black culture, and exemplifies the fact that the Carters are instrumental in the community. Jay talks about the backlash from the Kalief Browder documentary and simply responds, “Y’all can tell ’em Trayvon is comin’ next.” Beyonce sings in the chorus, “Get your hands up high like a false arrest/Let me see ’em up high, this is not a test.” The duo acknowledges and praises black athletes, physical features, and legacy.

All in all, the album is refreshing and gives fans an insight into the love and life of the most successful black couples in the media. Their experiments with sounds, styles, and lyrics are definitely a huge contribution to the overall conversation about the state of black America. The album focuses on the highlights more than the overly publicized disparities. Combined with top-notch production, harmonies, and lyricism the album was definitely worth the highly anticipated wait.

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