When Beyonce came out with Lemonade, the visual album, I had to get a copy and must say it is a work of art, enjoyable no matter how many times I view it. As many of you are aware, I dealt with infidelity also and Beyonce captured the suffocating intoxication of what cheating does to a woman, and what the cheatee requires from the cheater to continue on in the relationship.
Enter Jay Z and his new album 4:44, which features a remake of the tune Four Women by Nina Simone. Perhaps Jay Z, in addition to stating no matter the color of your skin, you are still who you are, also had an underlying meaning with regard to four women instead of just one (food for thought). Additionally, he provided more than the 411 about what was going on in his male head when Queen Bey demanded absolute honesty and loyalty. He admitted this was nothing he had ever been required to do before, and how different it was for him once he actually put himself in her shoes.
Here is where I feel Jay Z, in his confessions and sensitivities, contributes to Love American Style. Many men will live his experience, emotions and words through this very popular album….imagine the consciousness that this will raise in the urban community.
How many other men will wake from their lusty slumber as they relive Jay Z’s relationship with Bey?
Is the peer pressure to be a baller so strong amongst young men that swaggalishusness precludes them from being faithful?
Of course there will be many men who will immediately jump on the T.H.O.T train and claim the women have it coming to them, and don’t want to be saved, but……
…….I’m not talking about those women. I’m speaking of all the women who raised themselves up in order to attract and to BE a worthy partner, only to be fooled by the empty promises of monogamy in a primarily polygamous culture.
Will Jay Z continue to be faithful or will he falter? How many other men will come clean and agree that fidelty is worth sacrificing the other woman? Does it matter if Jay Z is faithful as long as he is truthful?
Is true love the only emotion that can evoke faithfulness in a man?
Who knew that being true to a woman makes some men feel like they are less virile?
I am absolutely NOT convinced that fidelity and faithfulness are the natural order for the majority, but I’ll give Jay Z an ‘E’ for effort and a hand clap for going platinum.