SMH. Jay-Z just can’t let Nas live huh!? I’m not saying it’s intentional, but it feels petty nonetheless. Just one day after Nas’ long awaited release, Beyoncé & Jay-Z surprise dropped their long rumored joint album. Everything Is Love feels like a culmination of both 4:44 and Lemonade and stays in that same stylistic and personal range. They’re not quite an open book but they do give a closer glimpse at their personal lives and marriage than we’re used to getting. They address a lot of the rumors and news that have circulated about them over the past few years even if it’s still in a relatively vague way, Jay-Z throws even more subliminals, and Beyoncé sounds surprisingly great rapping. The album feels much less cathartic and therapeutic than their last solo projects and it’s them coming out on the other side of it all. Sonically it’s as good as you’d expect from these two seasoned elite artists but I don’t think there’s anything here that’s mind-blowing or different than what we’ve heard from them before (mostly like throwaways from the Lemonade and 4:44 sessions). Everything Is Love doesn’t push either one of them artistically but it answers a lot of questions and lives up to their high musical standards.
On 'Redemption' Jay Rock has clearly pulled out all the stops and it's resulted in his best, most complete project to date and a perfect pairing of his more traditional gangsta rap sensibilities and rap's more modern sounds. This is the definitive Rock album we've been waiting for and it stands tall even among this summer full of giants.
'Kids See Ghosts' is almost impossible to categorize the sound they've crafted but it's wholly their own it's got some very strong vibes. Not quite on Daytona levels, but definitely better than Kanye's own offering out of the bunch.
It's not a bad album - the production is good, although not as good as Daytona, and more of an extension of TLOP - but ye was a major letdown for anyone looking for something more behind the self-centered, PR shtick we've gotten for the past month.
Y’all know how I met her, we broke up and got back together To get her back, I had to sweat her Y’all could make up with a bag, I had to change the weather Move the whole family West, but it’s whatever In a glass house still throwing stones Hova, Beysus, watch the thrones
Have you heard Everything Is Love? What’d you think about it? Did it answer all the questions you had? Was this what you wanted from a Beyoncé & Jay-Z album? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Beyoncé & Jay-Z – Everything Is Love Reaction
Sonically 'Everything Is Love' is as good as you'd expect from Beyoncé & Jay-Z but I don't think there's anything here that's mind-blowing or different than what we've heard from them before (mostly like throwaways from the 'Lemonade' and '4:44' sessions). 'Everything Is Love' doesn't push either one of them artistically but it answers a lot of questions and lives up to their high musical standards.