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Jay Z and Beyoncé have taken to confronting rumors through their music, and that’s exactly how Jay Z has responded for the first time to his wife’s latest album seemingly about his infidelity.
A month after Beyoncé released the “visual album” “Lemonade,” with its coded references to late-night cheating and “Becky with the good hair,” Jay Z has a verse about it in a new remix of Fat Joe’s “All the Way Up.” The track came out Wednesday after making its debut at Yankee Stadium.
You can read the full lyrics over at Genius, but here’s the relevant part of his verse:
You know you made it when the factYour marriage made it is worth millionsLemonade is a popular drink and it still isSurvival of the littest
Jay Z’s saying his marriage “made it” seems to confirm what most people got from the closing tracks of “Lemonade,” which are about healing the wounds in a marriage and staying together.
But his lyrics are also a sly nod to the well-known line by Guru on Gang Starr’s 1992 classic “DWYCK“:
Lemonade was a popular drink and it still isI get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis
Humorously, as Genius points out, Guru was “wasted” the night he recorded that line, and seems to have improvised it on the spot. DJ Premier said: “He was just all over the place. We were like, ‘His verse is the weakest.’ And now when you hear it, everybody loves it!”
You can listen to the new “All the Way Up” remix with Jay Z on Tidal only.