When Beyoncé dropped her visual album Lemonade on HBO in 2016, it triggered a firestorm of gossip about the status of her marriage with Jay-Z. Her legion of fans, the "Bey Hive," went on the hunt to discover who the "other woman" known as "Becky with the good hair" was in her "Sorry" track. Many wondered if the Carters were still together, given the revenge anthem tones of the album, but Jay-Z showed up in the second act for the reconciliation phase. The album was big news, but it wasn't the first time the pair shared tough times through music.
Jay-Z's 2006 Kingdom Come track "Lost One" includes the buzzed about lines, "I don't think it's meant to be, B / But she loves her work more than she does me / And honestly, at 23 / I would probably love my work more than I did she. So we ain't we." Carter later revealed in his 2010 biopic, Decoded, that he meant for the song to be a reflection on "how difficult it is to respect a lover as an autonomous human being, with separate needs and goals and timelines than yours…one of the hardest things about a real relationship of equals." He added, "It's worth it."
And if appearing in the Lemonade reconciliation number wasn't enough, Jay-Z also offered his own apology tour by way of the lyrics to the titular track on his album 4:44, in which he made no bones about his bad behavior. His heart was definitely on his sleeve when he wrote the lines, "Look, I apologize, often womanize/ Took for my child to be born/ See through a woman's eyes/ Took for these natural twins to believe in miracles/ Took me too long for this song."
It seems what the tabloids don't confirm or deny in interviews can definitely be ascertained from this power couple's music.