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One month after his wife released Lemonade and sent the Beyhive on the hunt for "Becky with the good hair," Jay Z released "All the Way Up," with Fat Joe, Infared, Rema Ma and French Montana. The group's track hit the Internet Tuesday after making its debut at Yankee Stadium.
It's the first time Jay Z has publicly commented on Beyoncé's album, which exposed many of the problems in their marriage. The mention comes at the beginning of his verse. Before he references Tupac, daughter Blue Ivy Carter and his 21 Grammy Awards, Jay Z raps, "You know you made it when the fact / Your marriage made it is worth millions / Lemonade is a popular drink and it still is / Survival of the littlest." The latter lyric pays homage to Guru's line on Gang Starr's 1992 hip-hop classic "DWYCK": "Lemonade was a popular drink and it still is / I get more props and stunts than Bruce Willis." Hov even gives Prince a shout-out, rapping, "Prince left his masters where they safe and sound / We never gonna let the elevator take him down."
The last time Jay Z or Beyoncé mentioned an elevator in one of their songs was in 2014, when the pop diva referenced her sister Solange Knowles' attack on her husband after the Met Gala. In her "***Flawless" remix with rapper Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé sang, "We escalate up in this b---h like elevators / Of course sometimes s--t go down when it's a billion dollars on the elevator."
"All the Way Up" is streaming exclusively on Tidal, natch.