I’m going to throw myself under the bus immediately and admit that I don’t ever listen to any Beyonce songs. I admit that she has the game’s prostate in a vice grip, but her music just isn’t my speed. When I heard this track, though, I had to hit the play button instantly. I couldn’t believe it. My first question was “Who tried to assassinate the Queen?” Because clearly someone made her angry. And I love it.
The track is split into two parts; the uptempo and agressive Bow Down produced by the genius Hit-Boy, and the Houston-esque, angry I Been On produced by Polow Da Don, Timbaland, and Planet VI. According to various sources, each track is merely a snippet of two different songs, although whether or not either will appear on her upcoming unnamed album is still unknown.
I admit that this is a far-cry from Beyonce’s impressive catalogue of pop hits that catapulted her to the forefront of modern culture, but I find the change as refreshing as a glass of water after being stranded in the middle of the ocean for days. I’m digging the anger, the need to reaffirm exactly who the GOAT is, and the ability to step out of her comfort zone to prove a point. Both tracks seem to be shows of dominance, much like an alpha male stomping around his feeding grounds and stealing the women and food of smaller males.
Although the surprising use of profanity has a lot of Beyonce stans in a tizzy, I think it adds to the song. This track doesn’t sound like one that you’d discover on most radio stations, so theoretically she can say what she wants or something.
I never thought I’d say this, but I’m actually hype for the release of I Been On. The angry, braggadocious, chopped and slopped themed display of dominance appeals to me. I just wish I didn’t have to put up with her fans along with it.
Bow Down bishes, before Bey really goes trill.