Nas Not Upset About Timing Of Jay-Z & Beyonce Album: Report
Speculation abounds that Beyoncé's Lemonade opus is about a cheating rapper nipping for her attentions despite her relationship with Nas. Beyoncé's Twitter account liked and then un-liked a meme about Nas, West, who's had an iffy relationship with the Carter family as of late. I feel like Nas would've been better off in hindsight letting her have a chance. I'll bite. He was in his late 20's when that song came out and Beyonce was just a teenager. .. in forum The Interracial Relationship Forum.
I don't want to think about it.
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I want to turn my phone off. Throughout her solo career she's also explored the enjoyment she's found in treating her man like a king. We all need to hear those empowering songs to remind us. I feel it's still very strong, because in order to be a strong woman, you have to have a strong man. There's nothing wrong with women doing that for their man if their man deserves it and he does the same for you.
If someone says I'm married or engaged and I'm not, I don't pay attention to it. To have millions of people involved—that's messed up! They didn't sell the pictures to a magazine.
It's just material, and it's just silly to me. I started working on my tour a year ago just to make sure that I had time at home. But you know, that's part of it. Any other woman who has to go to work and pick up the kids and make dinner—that's way harder than what I have to do.
At least I can say I'm taking two weeks off and really take two weeks off. Then we had to get to a point of 'OK, tear this down and let's start from the beginning.
Life Is But a Dream, she says, "I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let's face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value.Lil Kim Talks Beyoncé Relationship, Untold Biggie Stories, and Upcoming Album w/ DJ Whoo Kid
They define what's sexy. And men define what's feminine. Her surprise album dropped that December. Yet, as Jay-Z would put it later, "things" were about to start happening that the public could see. Splash News To put it mildly, the Internet exploded. The footage was analyzed from every angle. The Standard employee who leaked it was fired.
And throughout, the conspiracy theories raged. What prompted Solange's outburst? News confirmed in the meantime that the sisters left the hotel in one vehicle and Jay left in another. Meanwhile, the protectiveness runs both ways.
They remained silent for a few days. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family. Blood and the bonds of marriage proved thicker than gossip.
Before and after, we've been cool," Jay said last summer on the Rap Radar podcast. I will protect her. Jay-Z stands next to her, holding her hand, one hand in the pocket of his Superfly s-style suit. His presence is inherently elegant, but in relationship to the white aesthetics this museum represents, unprocessed: Hugely intertextual, with myriad references to rap hits of yore and samples of peers both contemporary and legendary — including Jay-Z himself — Everything Is Love feels like a victory lap not just for the couple, who've made it through marital strife, but for hip-hop itself, the most popular music on the planet, an art form as dense with detail as a Neoclassical history painting and as elegant in its profane poeticism as an alabaster nude.
What this album is, musically, matters, and Rodney, I think it has everything to do with the rise of women in hip-hop. This is pop music, with irresistible hooks and highly danceable beats.
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I love the moment in "Nice" where she spins a line that ends in a falsetto high note, and then Pharrell Williams does exactly the same thing on his line when he follows: It's a lesson in lineage. Escobedo Shepherd jawnita June 17, Rodney Carmichael: God save the Queen; and maybe we should be thanking the Queen for saving the god MCs while we're at it.
One rapper from Queens and another betrothed to Queen Bey — former foes turned friendly competitors — released albums this weekend.
One is lackluster, the other blockbuster. And I can't help thinking how their relationship to the women in their lives marks the difference between the two. It was impossible for me, and plenty of people I follow on Twitter, to listen to Everything Is Love without comparing it to Nas' 11th studio album, Nasir.
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Maybe that's not fair, but it's real. In the midst of a historic month full of major releases from some of the marquee names in big boy rap, it feels like women are playing a pivotal role. And not just by their absence, despite being constantly marginalized within the culture and the industry, but by their presence.
At the end of "," Jay-Z raps: He's striving for family now, for legacy and loyalty. She's made him whole. From the beef to the biggest releases of the last month, they all reveal the ways in which men value or devalue the women in their lives: You summed it up perfectly last month, Ann, when you tweeted: Kanye's solo albumye, which he admittedly remade after his slavery-was-a-choice comment on TMZ.
His main motivation for redoing the album wasn't to repair his image within the black community or even to explain what he meant, it was to alleviate his wife's concerns over the controversy potentially affecting their bottom line. His apology to her on "Wouldn't Leave" is the centerpiece of the album.
Then, we come to Nas, whose ex-wife Kelis doesn't get a direct mention on Nasir, but whose recent allegations of abuse faced at the hands of Nas during their five-year marriage loom over his release. Nas doesn't directly address those allegations on the album he hasn't made explicit public statements away from the music eitherbut he does drop a few bitter-sounding lines on "Simple Things" about his exes, his "kids' mothers" and getting married to someone who "wasn't that match.
There's plenty worth dissecting about this album, but there's no doubt that their bond, their loyalty, is the glue. I've always been a bigger fan of Nas than Jay. For years, there was a clear delineation between the two.
Nas was the brooding thinker; Jay was consumed with the bombast and braggadocio. With The Carters' makeup album being released one day after Nasir, the difference between two of rap's god-level MCs has been transposed: It's a deep revelation and it cuts both ways, but it also comes at an interesting time. All year long, fans and critics alike have been grappling with whether or not hip-hop is ready for a MeToo reckoning. SoundCloud rappers and legacy artists alike have faced extreme charges and allegations ranging from physical battery to sexual assault against women.
For the most part, hip-hop artists have not weighed in on this conversation about the power dynamic between men and women — at least not in the music itself.
That may not even be the right question. I'm curious what you think about some of this, Ann. Is this a way of hip-hop dealing with the MeToo moment? On one level, I don't think so. That open-ended movement centers on exposing sexual violence, on a continuum ranging from street harassment to rape.