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Beyonce and Jay-Z Release Surprise Joint Album Celebrating All Things Black Culture

“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? I have no fear of anything, do everything well.” - Jay-Z, on Nice

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Rachaell Davis
Jun, 16, 2018 10:10 PM UTC

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s joint album has finally arrived.

Currently in the middle of the European leg of their On The Run II tour, the Carters took a pause from packing out stadiums and arenas overseas to release their long-awaited joint project, “Everything Is Love,” exclusively on Tidal early Saturday evening. 

Beyonce herself made a rare appearance on Twitter to announce the release, also revealing the premiere of a Tidal-exclusive track titled, “Salud,” which does not appear on the album.

The 9-track collaboration hears verses from both of the superstar entertainers on each song, with lyrical messaging centered around celebrating all things Black culture as only they can. One run through of the debut joint effort hears the duo reference everything from the beauty of Black love, to police brutality, to their naysayers, to mass incarceration, to ESSENCE Fest and much more.

The surprise release was also accompanied by a visual for the album’s lead single titled “APESHIT.”  In the video, directed by Ricky Saiz, the beloved couple bring powerful imagery tied to Black and African culture to life, as they make their way through The Louvre Palace in Paris flanked by Black female dancers while outfitted in custom designer looks.

Six-year-old Blue Ivy Carter also makes the album, closing out the third song on the tracklist, titled “Boss,” with a sweet shoutout to her younger twin siblings, Sir and Rumi.

You can check out a preview above and head over to Tidal to stream the album in full.

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