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Jay-Z and Beyoncé call out NFL and Grammys in surprise album

Long-awaited ‘Everything Is Love’ features the Louvre and arrives amid G.O.O.D. Music rollout

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I said no to the Super Bowl / You need me, I don’t need you/ Every night we in the end zone/ Tell the NFL we in stadiums, too/ Last night was a f—ing zoo

— ”Apes—”

Beyoncé and Jay-Z just released a joint album. It’s called Everything Is Love. The album arrived without notice, and it is many things that will soon be sorted at length. Love — which has been hinted at, discussed and predicted for well over a decade — enters the world roughly two weeks after the start of the international leg of the duo’s On The Run II tour. And the couple is keeping their project relevant with regard to pointed cultural topics. The NFL and the Grammys — Jay-Z was shut out earlier this year, even with eight nominations — get called out.

Stage diving in a pool of people/ Ran through Liverpool like a f—ing Beatle/ Smoke gorilla glue like it’s f—ing legal / Tell the Grammys f— that 0-for-8 s—/ Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apes—?

As for the timing, The Carters are doing what they’ve famously done ever since they became a couple (they’ve been married since 2008): stating their piece with their music and leaving speculation to the world around them. So, speculation: Could it be that Jay-Z wanted to throw a wrench in the engine of recent G.O.O.D. Music releases from Kanye West, KiD CuDi and Pusha T? And Everything is Love does arrive less than 24 hours after the release of Nas’ new album, Nasir. Are there are still issues within Jay-Z and Kanye’s relationship that we’re likely never going to understand? Or is it just that Jay-Z and Beyoncé really just want to throw their names into the hat of 2018 releases that already houses several stellar projects — Cardi B, Janelle Monae among them — and Drake’s Scorpion is less than two weeks away. How else would one explain that having a date night at the Louvre results in a music video?

Whatever the case, as we all listen to the new songs and watch the new videos and get ready for the U.S. leg of the tour, one thing remains certain. What we’re witnessing is the full-circle moment of quite possibly the most productive elevator argument of all time. More to come.