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Hear Beyoncé's wild new song 'Bow Down/I Been On'
Beyoncé isn't backing down.
After the brouhaha over her supposed lip-synching of the national anthem (which ended up being untrue), her Super Bowl Halftime Show appearance and her self-directed documentary, controversy has been trailing her everywhere. It's not going to stop now.
Beyoncé dropped new music Sunday night on her website, where she raps and swears a lot. She offered “Bow Down/I Been On,” without comment. That makes sense since she knows the world would soon have plenty of comments for her.
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“Bow Down/I Been On” may or may not be on her forthcoming album. It may be one or two songs. It may be a new single or not. In any case, it's certainly a firestarter that is unlike anything from her previous “4” album.
The “Bow Down” section -- produced by Hit Boy, who also handled the controversial Jay-Z & Kanye West hit “In Paris,” with its spacey synths and driving beat -- features Beyoncé singing sweetly, “I know when you were little girls you dreamt of being in my world. Don’t forget it. Respect that. Bow down [expletive].” She gets a bit fiercer as she refers to husband Jay-Z, “I took my time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife. Don’t get it twisted, this is my [expletive].” (Is this the return of Sasha Fierce? The cover art for "Bow Down" suggests that she's having a bit of fun with the over-the-top boasting.)
The song then shifts into a grand operatic piece that has been used in commercials previewing her upcoming “Mrs. Carter World Tour” and then moves into the “I Been On” bit of the clip, which features Bey rapping over a beat that's in the chopped-and-screwed style from her hometown of Houston, with her voice altered to make it sound like a man.
In the rap, she boasts, like countless rappers, “I been on, I been on, tell me who gon' take me off.” However, she gets more personal as the song goes on, representing Houston and talking of her past, offering shoutouts to Willie D of the Geto Boys and UGK, even delivering a bit of UGK's “Something Good.”
“Bow Down/I Been On” is a bold step for Beyonce, one that once again shows that she's willing to follow her musical ideas wherever they lead her. This time out, she sounds like she's having way more fun than she did on “4” and that kind of fun is infectious, even if it comes with more of a potty-mouth.
Here's the ad for her British shows that features an over-the-top bit from "Bow Down."