20 of the Best Lyrics From Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s ‘Everything Is Love’ Album
Jay-Z and Beyoncé let their love light the way—and set social media ablaze—this weekend with the release of Everything Is Love, their first full-length collaborative project (as The Carters). The quickly acclaimed album, which was released without any prior marketing or promotion, comes in the midst of the power couple's OTR II Tour, adding fresh excitement to their live dates.
First joining forces on the 2002 duet "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," Jay-Z and Beyoncé have consistently collaborated as their initial romance led to marriage and then parenthood. From "Déjà Vu" to "Drunk in Love," their duets have been dope—so dope that fans have been craving a joint project since rumors of its recording started sprouting in 2014. Jay-Z confirmed the sessions in an interview with The New York Times last year.
"We started making music together," Hov said of recording with his megastar wife. "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. Um, we still have a lot of that music."
Now, the world has that music, too. Everything Is Love is a true best-of-both-worlds project that completes The Carters' trilogy of love, heartache, reconciliation and continued #relationshipgoals that is previously explored in Beyonce's Lemonade and Jay-Z's 4:44. Pharrell Williams, Mike Dean, Cool & Dre and Boi-1da, among others, chip in beats, while Quavo and Offset provide additional vocals on "Apeshit."
With Everything Is Love playing on repeat, XXL compiled 20 of the best lyrics from the album that prove that Hov and Bey remain rap royalty.
"She taste like Corona Light, sweet, even the lime gotta squeeze/She gave me a lil swig, to chase behind my weed/If I can stay in her hair forever, that'd be fine by me/I don't have no concept of time, even with a rose gold Concept on me/I remember summer nights in the projects, bullet rounds interrupting my Chi/When the worst thing that could happen, zipped up his jacket and ran back down the street/In Bel-Air only the nights get cold, I wrapped a yellow jacket around Bey/It's not lost on me, music has my kids sound asleep" —Jay-Z
"I'm a gorilla in the fuckin' coupe/finna pull up in the zoo/I'm like Chief Keef meet Rafiki—who been lyin' 'King' to you?/Pocket, watch it, like kangaroos/Tell these clowns we ain't amused/'Nana clips for that monkey business, 4-5 got change for you" —Jay-Z
"I said no to the Super Bowl: You need me, I don't need you/Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums, too/Last night was a fuckin' zoo, stagedivin' in a pool of people/Ran through Liverpool like a fuckin' Beatle/Smoke gorilla glue like it's fuckin' legal/Tell the Grammy's fuck that 0-for-eight shit/Have you ever seen the crowd goin' apeshit?" —Jay-Z
"Poppin', I'm poppin', my bitches all poppin'/We go to the dealer and cop it all/Sippin' my favorite alcohol/Got me so lit, I need Tylenol/All of my people, I free 'em all/Hop in the whip, wanna see the stars/Sendin' the missiles off, trickin' my inhibitions off" —Beyoncé
"100 million crib, 3 million watch, all facts/No cap, false, nigga, you not a boss, you got a boss/Niggas getting jerked, that shit hurts, I take it personally/Niggas rather work for the man than to work with me/Just so they can pretend they on my level, that shit is irkin' to me/Pride always goeth before the fall, almost certainly" —Jay-Z
"Ain't nothing to it, I boss so I bought my momma a whip/My great-great-grandchildren already rich/That's a lot of brown chi'r'en on your Forbes list/Probably looking around my compound on my fortress/I be ridin' around with my seat reclining/Droppin' my daughter off at school every morning/We slammin' car doors/I be true balling on these bum whores" —Beyoncé
"Yeah, fuck your subpoenas/And your misdemeanors/Was too busy touring out all your arenas/My passport is tatted, it look like it's active/I play on these planes, y'all catch me in traffic/Y'all drag me in court for that shit, y'all backwards/After all these years of drug trafficking, huh/Time to remind me I'm Black again, huh?/All this talking back, I'm too arrogant, huh?" —Jay-Z
"Patiently waiting for my demise/'Cause my success can't be quantified/If I gave two fucks—two fucks about streaming numbers/Would have put Lemonade up on Spotify/Fuck you, fuck you, you're cool, fuck you, I'm out/I ain't never seen a ceiling in my whole life, that's word to Blue/Freestyling live, blueprint from my Jigga who never bribes" —Beyoncé
"Cash, hit deposit, 24-carat faucets/Louis V and Goyard trunks all in the closet/Ain't shit change, the streets is still watchin'/And my little baby Blue is like, 'Who gon' stop us, huh?'" - Jay-Z
"The next time we would speak was like two years away/You had a man, you shut it down until you two had a break/I bet that dude rued the day/You kept me up on the phone while you were away/You came back, I let you set the date, Nobu on the plate/I brought my dude to play it cool, my first foolish mistake" —Jay-Z
"Ain't no way to stop this love/Ain't no space if everything is love/I'm representin' for my hustlers all across the world/Still dippin' in my low-lows, girl!/I put it down for the 713, and we still got love for the streets" —Beyoncé
"My friends are goals, your friends are foes/We fly, why cry, our souls exposed, yeah/We smoke, we laugh, your stress, my stress/Closer than kin, I'm blessed, you blessed" —Beyoncé
"Yen toes, we was out in that road, uh/Lookin' for love in wrong places, we proposed to a stove, yeah/Shared jewels, shared clothes, that's how deep shit goes, yeah/Every week, ya got bros, all of y'all fake close/Y'all switchin' sides like NBA teams just after halftime/I'm pullin' up on my dog, make sure he okay, I don't even have time/He copped me a Porsche with butterscotch seats, this 'fore they had meals/Live better than rappers and they don't even have deals, that real" —Jay-Z
"Tight circle, no squares, I'm geometrically opposed to you/Y'all like to try angles, y'all like to troll, do you?/Y'all talk around hoes, do you?/Y'all don't follow codes do you?/You know everything you say from niggas close to you/You emotional, when I say free the dogs, I free 'em/That's how Meek got his freedom/Y'all put niggas on a T-shirt, it hurts you ain't never meet 'em/You got niggas in the feds, you ain't even tryna feed 'em/I'm tryna free the world, that's how deep I'm in" —Jay-Z
"Pull up, hop out, wreck/Got no time, but we got Patek's/I come around, stepping on necks/My nicca got niggas upset, why?/Oh, why these bitches so mad for/They don't want Yoncé on their door/Louis slugger to your four door/Careful you get what you asked for" —Beyoncé
"Billie Jean in his prime/For the thousandth time/The kid ain't mine/Online they call me 'dad,' kiddingly/You're not supposed to take this dad thing literally/That's too famous, we don't even really do famous/I'm cool on that, chunk to two fingers/Everyday I'm gettin' sued famous/I show-up-to-court-without-a-suit famous" —Jay-Z
"And if you don't know now you know, nigga/He smoke and we drink, D’ussé to the face/And if you don't know now you know, nigga/Put hoes in their place, bitch stay in your lane/Yeah, we the ones that you heard about/Make big noise, big noise, we don't need no voucher/Yeah, we the one's y'all worried about/We good, we good, keep us out your mouth" —Beyoncé
"I'm good on any MLK Boulevard/See my vision with a TEC, bitch, I'm Malcolm X/Haters dreadin' my effect, they want that Das EFX/Get your hands up high like a false arrest/Let me see 'em up high, this is not a test" —Jay-Z
"I'm good any way I go, any way I go/I pull up like the Freedom Riders, hop out on Rodeo/Stunt with your curls, your lips, Sarah Baartman hips/Gotta hop into my jeans, like I hop into my whip/Mobbin' in a hoodie like Melo/Come up out that pretty motherfucker like 'Hello, hello'/I will never let you shoot the nose off my pharaoh" —Beyoncé
"Y'all know how I met her/We broke up and got back together/To get her back, I had to sweat her/Y'all could make up with a bag, I had to change the weather/Move the whole family West, but it's whatever/In a glass house still throwing stones/Hova, Beysus, watch the thrones" —Beyoncé and Jay-Z