In a track called “Bow Down/ I Been On,” recently released on her website, and apparently a sign of her style to come, Beyonce gratuitously uses the B-word, stirring up some controversy about the otherwise tame Grammy winner.
Beyonce also posted a childhood photo of herself dressed up as a queen and posing in front of a mantle adorned by her various trophies and achievements. In the first minute or so of the song, and generating the most controversy, she repeats the B-word, or in some instances, Bishes, as she reminds her audience of her total awesomeness.
"I know when you were little girls / You dreamt of being in my world / Don't forget it / Don't forget it Respect that Bow Down, B-tch,” the lyrics read.
The song goes on to distort into a different track with what seams to be a chopped and screwed version of her voice.
The controversial lyrics continue. "I'm bigger than life / The name in the lights / I'm the the No. 1 chick; I don't need no hype / The capital B means I'm about that life / The capital B means I'm about that life / I've been on I've been on I've been on / Tell me who's going to take me off.”
With performances earlier this year at President Obama’s inauguration and a Super-Bowl half-time show, Beyonce, who is known for breaking demographic boundaries, is showing no signs of slowing down. The track is produced by Hit Boy, who also worked on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Niggas in Paris.”
The track even caused a Twitter frenzy. Usage of the term “Bow Down” rose by 500,000+ tweets in the last 24 hours, according to Twitter. There have been more than half a million mentions of the song.
If anything’s for sure, Beyonce is not going away anytime soon.