Meanwhile, Beyoncé namechecks just $599,000 worth of material possessions
Sometimes, spending big gives you a good rap.
With the runaway commercial success of “4:44” and “Lemonade” and the entrance of two new young lives into their family, Jay-Z and Beyoncé have had a good last few years. Mr. and Mrs. Carter now have a combined net worth of around $1.2 billion, according to a Forbes valuation, and the two have reportedly closed on a new mansion in Bel-Air, Calif., that costs around $120 million. Queen B has attributed the success to their hustle, telling Forbes that she works harder than anyone else in the music industry.
American pop culture’s most famous couple isn’t afraid to flaunt it either, with Jay-Z bragging WAY more about material possessions than his wife. That’s according to Giffgaff Money, the financing arm of the British cell network, which examined the cost of everything name-dropped by the duo in their last two respective albums. Hova raps about a cool $184.1 million worth of goodies in “4:44,” while Bey only sings about just shy of $600,000 worth of shiny things.
Among the things Jay-Z mouths off about are $20 million in greenbacks, 13 bottles of high-end Ace of Spades champagne ($300 and up) and a V12 engine, which is often seen in luxury sports cars. And that’s just in the album’s opening track. Carter goes on to namecheck a Lexus, more bottles of champagne and even an Uzi submachine gun ($1,000++). While Beyoncé also seems to like splashy booze—Ace of Spades, sake and Japanese whisky (from $120) get prominent mentions in “6 Inch”—she’s apparently less interested in fancy toys than clothing. Bey namechecks the likes of a Louis Vuitton knit, Givenchy dresses and even a relatively affordable pair of Nike Air Jordans ($140.)
The priciest thing on their combined records is the fancy mansion they’ll be moving into with their three kids, with the cheapest being a $14 copy of “The Godfather.”
Fans and music critics parsing “Lemonade” and “4:44” have generally interpreted the latter as a response to the former, in which Beyoncé is thought to have accused her husband of infidelity. “Combined with the often-boastful nature of RnB and hip-hop music, the two albums paint an interesting picture of the couple’s turbulent love life and spending habits,” writes Giffgaff. “So, we decided to dive into each song’s lyrics to see who shelled out more over the course of their album and how the couple approached talking about their life together.”
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