LEMONADE has been busting the charts and while you're jamming to the visual album, we've caught wind of a few easter eggs that will make you the Queen Bey guru amongst your friends.
We see in "Hold Up" that the "hot sauce" in Bey's bag (mentioned in single "Formation") was actually a baseball bat. We wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that spice.
The costumes and water imagery especially in "Love Drought" and "Formation" are reminiscent of Julie Dash's acclaimed "Daughters of the Dust" from 1991. The Dash film told the story of turn of the century African American women across generations.
Warsan Shire is a Somali-British poet who penned the spoken word Beyoncé recites.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have donated millions to the Black Lives Matter movement. This donation was not widely publicized. However, the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown are featured in "Freedom."
As Lemonade debuted on HBO, it seemed like the Beyoncé visual album and the network hit "True Detective" had a little something in common. "True Detective" filmed the spooky Carcosa at real life location Fort Macomb. Fort Macomb was also the location Beyoncé used for "Daddy Lessons."
"Daddy Issues" compares Beyoncé's father to her husband Jay-Z. Matthew Knowles split from Tina Knowles after it was discovered he was having an affair with a woman 30 years younger than he. Michael and his paramour have a child together. Allegedly this infidelity took a major toll on not only Tina, but Beyoncé as well. Also, Beyoncé's comparison to husband and father confirms Jay-Z's infidelity at little more.
Although Beyoncé's album discusses the tribulations with husband Jay-Z, the inspiration for the album title came from Jay's grandmother, who at her 90th birthday said "Life served me lemon, but I made lemonade."
It's definitely not Rachael Ray, but the Beyhive came from her when they mistook her for Rachel Roy. Roy was allegedly the reason why Solange went in on Jay in the elevator two years ago. Jay has also been linked to Rita Ora and Rihanna, but there's actually eye-witness that Solange confronted Roy about the Jay at the Met Gala.
Central to the "Single Ladies" choreography was Beyoncé and her two dancers running in a circle. We see that same choreography with Blue Ivy and her pals in "Formation." Seems like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
In "Don't Hurt Yourself" Beyoncé uses a clip from Malcolm X's 1962 speech about black women. X says, "The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman." These words turn Lemonade from a scorned woman album to a politicized proclamation of the reclaimed subjectivity of black girls and woman in the American landscape.
Also in "Don't Hurt Yourself" Beyoncé calls herself a dragon. But little did we know that she has been a dragon for sometime. Back in May of 2015 Jay brought her a dragon egg from the "Game of Thrones" set.
A soon to be favorite. The lighthearted beats of "Hold Up" possess a number of hidden messages. Some speculate that when Bey breaks the fourth wall and smashes the surveillance camera that she is commenting on the legacy of surveillance for black bodies in America. She's turning the gaze on its head, and unabashedly looking back at the viewer. She will not be a spectacle.