Unless you’ve been living under a stack of used and discarded copies of Kingdom Come, you’ve no doubt seen the security footage of Beyonce’s sister Solange losing it on Jay Z in an elevator. The footage leaked yesterday morning via (who else?) TMZ and quickly became all anyone could talk about. It’s easy to understand why. Celebrities: They’re just like us!
What’s followed since the leak has been rampant speculation about what brought the fight on. We fielded theories on gchat yesterday that ranged as far and wide as Jay Z/Rihanna cheating rumors to other things people couldn’t possibly know about. Of course, Twitter had their own ideas about #WhatJayZSaidToSolange, and many of them highlight one important fact: People need to show Solange a lot more respect.
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Because Solange is a power house, you dummies. If we’re being real, we’d say she’s the more-organic, not-as-contrived version of Beyonce we wish Beyonce could be. (Watch Life Is But a Dream and imagine how much more interesting it would be if it had been Solange talking into that Mac Book– she would’ve actually said something of substance.)
We’ve loved her for a very long time. She’s wowed us live at Webster Hall a couple times, at Bowery Ballroom and Coachella. We were obsessed with “Losing You.” In short, she’s had the kind of sustainable and very enviable career most artists should strive for, one that sees her able to sell out mid-sized venues and rock festivals alike, pen songs for bigger artists, and all the while live like an A-Lister without all the baggage and demands of an A-List life. She’s talented, smart, and self-aware, a trifecta you don’t often find in many artists on her level. Which is why Twitter’s hashtag #WhatJayZSaidToSolange is so disappointing, because a lot of people on the platform have stripped her of all three, reducing her to a nobody whose only worth is having a more famous sister and brother-in-law. Such ignorant and misguided ideas are the reason garbage articles like this one exist. We know who Solange is, and she’s great. Here are some people who’d be better off finding that out.
Solange: “This elevator isn’t going anywhere…”
Jay Z: “… Just like your career”
— Nick Barnes (@imnickbarnes) May 13, 2014
“My lips are bigger than your whole career.” #WhatJayZSaidToSolange with audio: http://t.co/xkCuyVqcX3
— Ron Dias (@Ron_Dias) May 13, 2014
She said, “This elevator is going nowhere” and he said, “Just like your career.” AND THE FIGHT WAS ON! #WhatJayZSaidToSolange
— Rihanna Navy (@RihzNavy) May 13, 2014
Solange: I think this elevator broke.
Jay-Z: Like your bank account??
— Ashley (@1AshleyJordan) May 13, 2014
Solange: Can I Sing Backup At The Tour
JayZ: You Got To Learn How To Sing First.
Mortal Combat Voice: Finish Him