After months of PG performances (the national anthem, the Super Bowl), Beyonce returns to music with a mean anthem: “Bow Down / I Been On,” posted to her SoundCloud account on Sunday and promoted by a fierce Instagram, seems like a composite of a trap-style banger and a syrupy, pitch-shifted spoken word piece.
“I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife,” Beyonce sings on the song, referencing having taken time off of recording. “Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted, this my sh-t, bow down b-tches.”
The track is produced by Hit-Boy, the man behind Jay-Z and Kanye’s “N—-s in Paris.” The young producer is quickly becoming the most trusted producer in hip-hop and pop, having put in work for Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and a host of other big names.
“I know when you were little girls, you dreamed of being in my world,” Beyonce sings. “Don’t forget it, don’t forget it, respect that.”
“Bow Down” is exactly the type of song that will rile up the Beyhive, Beyonce’s fiercely loyal fan base. That may spell unfortunate news for Keri Hilson, who recently admitted that she was exhausted by the amount of hate she receives from fans of other singers, intimating that Beyonce plays a part in stirring the hate she’s exposed to on a daily basis.
It’s interesting to see Beyonce take listeners to task for seeing Beyonce primarily as Jay-Z’s wife, if only because she decided to call her upcoming world tour “The Mrs. Carter Show” (Carter is Jay-Z’s real last name).