Right after Beyoncé dropped the ever-so-revealing album, Lemonade, everyone’s been talking. Mostly because it yet another exceptional work of art from Queen Bey that captures a lot of emotions and dare-to-cover topics.
It’s also gotten everyone talking because it reveals some clues about marital strife between the singer and her husband Jay-Z.
In one particular track, “Anger” you see Beyoncé in a parking lot screaming, throwing her wedding ring at the camera, giving a mock eulogy and giving a cryptic clue about ‘the other woman’ with the lyrics: “He better call Becky with the good hair.”
And so ‘Becky’ has been the mystery that everyone’s been obsessing about since Saturday.
Rita Ora was one of the tabloid Beckies. But she has since responded to the rumors.
I never usually address tabloid gossip but let me be clear, these rumours are false.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 26, 2016
Rachel Roy, however, sort of hinted at herself being Becky with one unfortunate Instagram post. Unfortunate because it made her the victim of a major Beyhive backlash. And Beyoncé’s fans don’t play.
Ok. The Beyhive attacks on Roy were a bit over the top. Threats, hacking her wikipedia page, attacking her daughter and even mistakenly going for Rachel Ray the cooking show host.
The rabid fans were alluding to cheating rumors that caught fire when Solange attacked Jay-Z in an elevator back in 2014. Solange had allegedly confronted Roy over the ‘close’ relationship with Jay.
Funny thing is, Roy happens to be the ex-wife of Damon Dash, Jay Z’s former best friend/business partner-turned-enemy.
The last time Jay-Z was seemingly involved in a love triangle tied to Dash was with 20-year-old Aaliyah in 1999. Both were pursuing her but Dash won her affections and they dated until her death in 2001.
Dash, Jay and Biggs had started Roc-A-Fella records together in 1996. And soon after, Rocawear.
In 2002, the rift between Jay and Dash began. Particularly business-wise.
New artist signing conflicts and the Def Jam buy-in made things go awry.
Dash had signed his childhood pal Cam’ron to Roc-A-Fella—much to Jay’s chagrin—and attempted to install him in an executive post at the label, a move that was blocked by Jay. Furthermore, since Jay was planning his retirement after The Black Album, Dash was plotting his own future, rounding up a stable of artists he’d discovered.
“At a certain point, I got ready to depend on my other artists,” Dash later told New York magazine. “I started putting together an army—Kanye, Cam’ron, Beanie, the Diplomats. I figured Jay gave me time to prepare.”
By 2004, Def Jam had offered to purchase Roc-A-Fella Records and install Jay as its CEO. According to New York, Jay invited Dash out to dinner at Da Silvano to break the news. Dash begged him to not take the name Roc-A-Fella, while Jay offered to give up everything—the new post at Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records—if he could have the masters back of Reasonable Doubt. Dash declined, and after Jay, Dash, and Biggs sold their 50 percent stake in Roc-A-Fella to Def Jam, giving the label complete ownership, Jay reclaimed his masters, kicked his two pals to the curb, and assumed the position of CEO. thedailybeast.com
Dash own business ventures after Roc-A-Fella didn’t hold. Neither did his marriage to Rachel Roy.
He also lost custody of his two daughters to ex-wife Roy.
He has since been open about his beef with Jay saying he ‘betrayed’ the company.
But about Beyoncé and Jay, seems the beef and drama is all behind them.