After the first of many viewings of Beyoncé's Lemonade special earlier this month, I immediately had two important questions on my mind: "How did I get lucky enough to be alive at the same time as Beyoncé?" and "What does Jay Z think about all of this?" The answer to the first question is simply destiny, but the answer to the second one has remained a mystery ever since — until now. Jay Z responded to Lemonade in his new track, "All The Way Up," which he released on Tidal (where else?) in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, and even though it's the first time the rapper has mentioned his wife's album, he didn't even come close to giving us the real dirt we've all been waiting for.
Although Beyoncé presented the world with an entire album seemingly about the idea that she may have been cheated on, Jay Z did not even give a song's worth of time in response. In fact, he managed to address Lemonade in just a few lines, and then move on.
In "All The Way Up," he raps:
You know you made it when the fact Your marriage made it is worth millionsLemonade is a popular drink and it still isSurvival of the littest
Listen, Jay Z, I'm willing to concede that you and Beyoncé are the "littest" — everyone already accepts this information as fact. But that's all you can give us? Seriously?
The only other possible reference to Beyoncé comes in a line further down when Jay raps, "Prince left his masters where they safe and sound / We never gonna let the elevator take him down," which, as fans have already pointed out on Genius seems like a clear reference to Prince's death, but could also be touching on Jay Z's own past very public incident involving an elevator after the Met Gala in 2014.
There is one piece of good news to come out of all of this, though. As succinct as his rap on the subject was, he does manage to remind us that his marriage has survived any issues. Anyone who's listened to Lemonade or watched the special knows that if everything Beyoncé was singing was true, it'd be incredibly hard for a relationship to recover. But so far, so good, apparently.
Jay Z may not have provided us with the information we're all dying to know, like what his side of the story is or what his reaction to hearing the songs for the first time was like. But it's his choice to share that part of his life publicly, and for now, he's choosing to keep it short and sweet.
There is always hope for the next song, though. My fingers are crossed more references to "Becky with the good hair" are in the future. I need answers!
At the time of Lemonade's release, Bustle reached out to reps for Beyoncé and Jay Z for comment on the cheating rumors, but did not receive a response.