To be perfectly honest, I have never listened to a Beyoncé album from start to finish and not skipped through a song — until now. Beyoncé is a self titled album that exudes all of its creator’s power and prowess — it gets in touch with her inner thug (which is still graceful) and lays her out over 14 beats with help from producers Pharrell, Timbaland, Hit Boy, Detail, 40. There is no Sascha Fierce on ‘Beyoncé.
The album’s initial recording began in New York City, where Beyoncé invited producers and songwriters to live with her for a month. It’s all a projection of her without an alter ego. Songs like Drunk In Love, Rocket and Partition show the natural woman in her unafraid to show other women to be unafraid to flex their sexuality too.
Beyoncé is honest. Beyoncé is too real and too damn hot in this release. Don’t get me wrong when I say I skip songs, because there is something else about this women that I have never skipped on since the D-Child days, and that’s her as my hero in life; with the sheer ability to overcome odds and raise the bar every time she releases something new — to now — the only other person I can remember to release a visual movie-type album like she has done with ‘Beyoncé’ is Michael Jackson and even still, her self-titled release switched that concept up again.
“People saying Beyonce’s back, Beyonce never left” My home girl Celeste instagrammed.
The woman just finished her Australia/New Zealand tour. For me, she is the flag waver for all mamas who know what it is when two successful people have a baby, women often have it harder in the situation, but apparently not in Bey’s case. She’s released her best album to date, complete with a music video for each track. No promo, no lead up, just a straight bomb into the hearts of all. But women and women of colour specifically. ‘Flawless’ also features African poet Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. Speaking about feminism:
“Feminist — A woman who believes in the social and political and economic equality of the sexes.”
Beyonce, with her leotard wearing, curvy deriair has single-handedly opened up a new-found confidence for coloured women across the globe and she’s been doing it since 2003 when she went solo with Dangerously In Love. Shout outs to curvy white girls though, y’all also know what I’m talking about in terms of a gateway into the mainstream.
Public service announcement***BEYONCE! CURVY WOMEN ACROSS THE GLOBE THANK YOU*** (In a Chris Rock, Blame Game, Dark Twisted Fantasy type voice.) My self-confidence thanks you. (Same Chris Rock voice)
“Queen Bey taught me”, man I need to put that on a T-shirt.
There is something to be said about how her past albums have appealed to such a broad, mainstream market but on ‘Beyoncé’ she takes it back to the hood; her roots, herself. The sex in it is R rated; but it is tasteful sex. Beautiful love. Black and white, on the screen for all to see. It exposes Beyoncé sexuality; comfortable in her own skin, making love to her husband, one year old in tow — displaying sex and love in the way it was made to be done. It has made many people [parents] nervous. But Beyoncé’s ‘R rated’ is still gentle, respectful, caring. It is a scary truth, how many people are upset about it; considering how we all got here, you know, by a man and a woman conceiving and all. As Beyoncé exposes human reservations adverse to such a natural feeling, it is only another ‘legendary’ box checked in her arsenal of greatness.
This woman is a goddess, there’s no two ways about it. All the money and power in the world has only enhanced this tool box of hers. Producing albums just as epic, if not more than her husband’s of late, he’s still right there next to her, helping her make it happen. That’s a marriage to aspire to.
“I woke up like this. Ladies tell em, I woke up like this. I woke up like this….Godamn, godamn, say I, look so good toniiiiight”
The whole thing’s great. From beginning to end. It didn’t seem possible, but Beyoncé has become more comfortable in her own skin, post mummy she is still holding it down — even at one of the most vulnerable times of her life (for most women post baby is like this and she mentions it on Mine feat Drake), Beyoncé is only stronger, more earthly, and so much more sexier. My hero.
The home girl Hyclass says:
“Yes @ better music ! Because she can do as she pleases now but isn’t it cool how she puts all the record label bullshit out there… “Make no money-oh well”. LOL she has the creative freedom with such wealth but instead of desperately throwing herself into anything to “keep up” she’s took her time & produced an album that I think is the most cohesive, credibly creative and empowering album she has ever made! And I’ve been listening since I was 14 to everything. LOL.”