Jay-Z Opens Up About His Failed Collaboration With Beyoncé

It’s always a special treat to get a duet from two of our favorite artists, but sometimes plans for such a collaboration fall through. That was the case for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, awhile back. The two artists had planned to work on an album together, but Beyoncé ended up putting out Lemonade instead. Now, Jay-Z is opening up to let fans know why the collaboration fell through.
Jay-Z on How a Duet Turned Into Two Albums
Instead of working on that collaboration, Jay-Z and Beyoncé went their separate ways. Prior to that, the two artists were excited to be working together and diving into new music as a team was very much like a therapy session, says Jay-Z. Even though Beyoncé released her solo LP, Lemonade, instead of continuing on with the planned project, Jay-Z holds no resentment.
In fact, the artist implies he was right by the female vocalist’s side, while Lemonade was produced. He admits that Beyoncé was progressing faster on her solo work, so it made sense for her to go ahead with that project and let the collaboration take a backseat.
“So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on,” explained Jay-Z. “There was never a point where it was like, ‘I’m making this album.’ I was right there the entire time … It just felt like, she should go first and share her truths with the world.”
Jay-Z adds that his own solo release, 4:44, was never intended to throw shade at Beyoncé and shouldn’t be deemed a response to the Lemonade release in any way. He adds that the material the two artists did produce is still saved, so there may be hope yet that the collaborative effort may see the light of day. Fans should hold onto the hope that the collaboration between Jay-Z and Beyoncé will make it onto a release album.