Beyoncé hovers into her bedroom, home a few hours early from her mentoring session with Tupac Shakur; she catches Jay in bed with Becky with the Good Hair™. The lights in the room flicker. She calmly turns to exit, then pauses at the door to look over her shoulder at the two–they stare back both wide eyed, already starting to feel the decaying effects of dematerialization. Beyoncé parts her lips to speak, her face serene, “Jay, you have hurt me like no other, and I will never be able to forget this. But only for my love of our daughter will I allow you to earn back your life. You will start by witnessing the production of my next album–of which you will have no part–a twelve piece visual memoir detailing your senseless betrayal and infidelity and exactly how I will rise. I will turn these lemons you have given to me into lemonade. And you will smile and thank me as you drink every last drop.”
Meanwhile, one thousand miles away, Solange jerks awake, already feeling her physical attacks becoming stronger.
Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Tina Knowles and Solange, photographed in the audience of the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2004.
This was the first Grammys ceremony that Hov ever attended. He had boycotted the ceremony since 1999, citing The Academy’s disrespect of the rap genre. He chose to attend the 2004 ceremony to support his then-girlfriend Beyoncé, who had received her first solo nominations. Their hit single “Crazy in Love” would go on to win the gramophones for “Best R&B Song” and “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.”