I Admit It … I Kinda Like the New Beyoncé Songs


If you haven’t heard any of the hoopla surrounding Beyoncé’s song snippets for “Bow Down” and “I Been On”, you must be literally living under a rock. Everyone is speculating about why she wrote/released the song, who she is referring to, and if it was appropriate. And rightfully so. Beyoncé uses some pretty strong words and vulgar language. Definitely further than her body of work has gone before. And she has been taken to task about how her words being seen as demeaning towards women.

But I have an admission to make. I kinda like the songs.

And it’s not because I think that it is an artistic achievement. It’s not because I think it is a marker of progress for women. It’s because I think it’s entertaining. I think it’s ratchet. And I really don’t take it seriously. Just look at the ridiculous single art above.

On “Bow Down,” Beyoncé reminds everyone of her status as “Queen of the Game” and instructs all others to bow down to her. She talks about how all these little girls grew up wanting to be like her. She reps her hometown of Houston. She brings the full “Sasha Fierce.”beyonce31

And on “I Been On”, Beyoncé continues with the theme of her being royalty. She is “on” her throne, and she challenges anyone to take her off. Her voice is so distorted that she pretty much sounds like a man. And she gives shouts to fellow Houston artists and recalls her teenage years.

Like I said … it’s ratchet. And after all of the music that Beyoncé has put out, I just can’t believe that we are supposed to take it seriously. Could I do without the profanity and the talk of “smacking tricks”? Sure. Do I understand how many, especially advocates for women, could take offense to her words. Yeah.

But I still enjoy it. I like that it is completely over the top. I like the bounce. I like the grit. I like that Beyoncé let her hair down for once and let the veneer fade. And like Tamar Braxton said about her own song “Hot Sugar”, sometimes you just want the ratchet.

Listen to the tracks below, and tell us what you think. Loving it? Offended? Confused? Let it all out in the comment section.

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.