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Jay Z responds to ‘Lemonade’ with a loaded Tidal exclusive

Guess who's back?


Kahron Spearman


Posted on May 25, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 5:29 pm CDT

With speculative news of a Jay Z response album to superstar wife Beyoncé’s cinematic Lemonade, the Brooklyn rapper/living legend/music mogul has risen.

Like Godzilla out of the stormy sea, Jay Z returned Tuesday night with an electric new verse on Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s “All The Way Up” remix. Unfortunately, the track’s a Tidal exclusive—well, until it’s not.

Debuting during last night’s New York Yankees game, Hov performs a brawny verse—his first since last month’s scrapped cameo on Drake‘s “Pop Style“—covering tremendous ground with references about Lemonade,  and a nod to Gang Starr’s 1992 song “DWYCK”:

You know you made it when the fact/
Your marriage made it is worth millions/
Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is/

There’s a respectfully loaded mention of Prince, and protection of his master recordings—providing implicit understanding of the importance of owning your masters as a musician, as well a slick nod to Jay Z’s own infamous elevator situation:

Prince left his masters where they safe and sound/
We never gonna let the elevator take him down

And of course Jay’s signature topic, ascendant wealth:

I’m the only one in the room that they fear right now/
I think they’re clear right now/
Let’s celebrate, no red champagne, we don’t play that/
All we see is gold bottles and paper plane hats/
Twenty-one Grammys that I use for D’usse cups/
I’m on the penthouse floor, call your way up/
The OG’s say, “Hov, how high is high enough?”/
I said “till we eye and eye with the higher ups

Though hazy on specifics, it’s safe to assume Hov’s getting locked and loaded for the summer, gearing up for significant output. Rapper Future has already said that Hov’s got a heater 16 ready on marketing genius DJ Khaled’s probable lead single to imminent record, Major Key.

Whatever Jay does this summer, let’s hope it isn’t beholden to a bum Samsung app.

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*First Published: May 25, 2016, 12:15 pm CDT