Have Beyoncé and Jay-Z recorded an album in secret?
Before 2016 Beyoncé and Jay-Z were perhaps one of Hollywood's most private couples. The two married in secret in 2008 and had since been very coy about the doings of their private life. The couple still very rarely disclose personal information in interviews, preferring to make their statements through music - and the 2016 release of Beyoncé's Lemonade was a big one. The album famously saw rumours begin to circulate about whether Jay-Z had remained faithful to his wife - no thanks to "Becky with the good hair." Months later, Jay-Z hit back with his first album in four years, 4:44 where he seemingly owned up to the allegations of his infidelity. Breaking from the status-quo, Jay-Z has opened up to executive editor of the New York Times, Dean Baquet in an extremely candid, tell-all interview.
In the interview, Baquet asks: "I'm trying to picture the scene when you and your wife both talked about making these very confessional, open albums." To which Jay-Z responds: "It didn't happen in that way. It happened - we were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together," confirming that the couple were working on an album together. "And then the music she was making at that time was further along. So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on," he explained. As to whether we can expect to see the music on Tidal any time soon, Jay-Z hinted: "Um, we still have a lot of that music."
The rapper also spoke candidly about his relationship with Beyoncé during this time. "You know. [I was] really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another's craft. I think she's amazing." While some may find that hard to believe, Jay-Z seemed to have a genuine sense of remorse for his actions: "The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone's face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself."
In the full interview Jay-Z also discusses his "complicated relationship" with Kanye West, what it's like being a black man in Trump's America and his mother who felt she had to hide her homosexuality. The New York Times interview can be read here.
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