Article Written by : Signal Television
Beyoncé recently released her ‘visual album,’ “Lemonade” to huge amounts of critical praise. It’s received a lot of attention because of how candidly she deals with marital infidelity in the songs, and has garnered some controversy for her husband Jay-Z over his alleged affair with the mystery figure “Becky with the good hair.” All of this controversy has overshadowed the fact that the album is a remarkable achievement sonically, as well as a new career high-point for the already prolific Beyoncé.
Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.”
1. In addition to holding the only executive producer credit on the album, Beyoncé is credited as either a writer or producer on every single track of “Lemonade.”
2. The album marks the first collaboration between Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar in the Black Lives Matter anthem “Freedom.” The track was produced by star hip-hop producer Just Blaze.
3. The song “Formation” contains a line about Bey carrying “hot sauce in my bag.” If you pay close attention to “Lemonade,” you’ll see that “hot sauce” is what she’s named her baseball bat.
4. The once-popular rapper Soulja Boy has a songwriting credit on the song “Hold Up,” because it shares lyrics in common with his hit, “Turn My Swag On.”
5. Keeping with the revolutionary theme of the album, the song “Don’t Hurt Yourself” features an excerpt from Malcolm X’s famous “Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?” speech.