Beyonce’s new single tells haters how ’bout that life’ she really is

18 Mar

Well, Beyonce wasn’t lying when she said, “You must don’t know ’bout me”. Who would’ve ever guessed the sweet lady that once sang about being “Dangerously in Love” would one day tell the competition to have a stadium full of seats?

Bey has long been silent on a number of issues regarding both her personal and professional life, but in the year of Bey 2013, she’s been slightly more vocal about her feelings on the industry and critics of her personal choices. In “Bow Down/I Been On”, the first single she’s released since her album 4 in 2011, Beyonce takes a subliminal shot at the haters and solidifies her place as the reigning queen of Pop.

Cover art for Beyonce's Bow Down

Cover art for Beyonce’s Bow Down

Who exactly are these haters? When you’re as successful as Beyonce it could be a NUMBER of people including younger stars who might be trying to take her spot as the reigning queen, critics who take issue with Lady Bey’s approach to feminism and naming her upcoming tour “The Mrs. Carter Show”, or even the D-list celebrities who’ve been taking shots at her and her crew.

Her resistance to make a public opinion on controversial issues has lead many to question her ability to think for herself, but the Hit Boy produced “Bow Down” section is an uptempo diss which addresses all her critics with lyrics such as “Don’t think I’m just his little wife, don’t get it twisted, this is my s***”. About a minute and 20 seconds in, she transitions into the grittier “I Been On” where she takes a rap-like approach to boasting about her successes and in a very Watch the Throne manner asks “Tell me who gon’ take me off?” If we’re comparing her success to others, it seems like nobody, Bey.

As great as it is to hear Pop/R&B golden child curse and address haters like a normal person, one of the other best things about this new release is the homage it pays to her hometown. From the repeated “I’m from the H-Town” statements to the screwed and chopped style of “I Been On” and shout-outs to Houston-based rappers, it appears Beyonce seems to be showing us she hasn’t forgotten where she’s from.


6 Responses to “Beyonce’s new single tells haters how ’bout that life’ she really is”


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