Okay, now where the hell do we even begin? So for those of you who know me, I have to put this out there first. I was never a Bey Hive person. I have always respected Beyonce and her hustle was always on another level, but something about her, I wasn't crazy about. Maybe it was the fact that she has always needed to have this image of perfection which I am never a fan of. Yes she came out with the song flaws and all, but it was still done in a "I'm perfect" kind of way. However, with this visual album alone...she officially has a new fan. Whether the rumors are true about her husband/music mogul, Jay-Z, cheating was true or not, she went in on the love of her life like a true woman. And in that same breathe, was reborn and forgave him. It's nice to see her in a more relatable platform. Seeing Beyonce live in her truth was raw and pure beauty. I was definitely surprised by all the cursing and real life wording that we wouldn't usually come to expect from her.
Now let's talk about these visuals...I damn near died watching this video. She literally pulled on EVERY SINGLE emotional chord that I have. From anger, to happiness, to laughter, to pride, to love...it was the perfect emotional roller coaster. The styling was done by none other than the infamous Marni Senofonte, which I might add that two of my friends got to assist in the styling work [yes they are all kinds of bomb, James Carroll and Kenny P Paul]. From the Hood By Air fur to the Yellow Roberto Cavalli dress, to the Zana Bayne leather bralette, to the Yousef Aljasmi bodysuit, there couldn't have been a budget for this shoot with all this fabulousness.
What I can take away from Beyonce and this new album is that she too bleeds, probably with speckles of pixie dust, but blood nonetheless. She also has the same moral as I do when it comes to marriage. If it's worth fighting for, work on it, if not, than it's not meant to be. And clearly she wants to hold on to her man and her marriage, which I commend her 100% for. Plus, let's be honest, who can top Jay-Z? Beyonce continues to push her envelope, not only visually and vocally, but musically, with her wide range of music styles for this album. We get a twist of blues, country, pop, alternative and everything in between.
All in all, this music video pretty much is a 10 out of 10 lemons. I can only imaging how crazy people are getting for her tour tickets.