Beyonce released a new track on her Tumblr yesterday. It’s called Bow Down/ I Been On. I’ve attached below. Here are some of the lyrics, not unlike other rap lyrics, only she doesn’t get to boast about dick size:
I know when you were little girls
You dreamt of being in my world
Don’t forget it
Bow down bitches
I took my time to live my life
But don’t think I’m just his little wife
Don’t get it twisted this is my sh-t
Huge ego, totally, a standard subject in hiphop/R&B lyrics, and a natural progression for the Beysus, considering that she’s gone from Independent Woman wearing a Halo to the Mother of the Earth in whose presence we should all bow down? Most of the people dropping braggy verses however are male. Male or female though, few actually can match their rhymes to their actual status. Watch The Throne with Jay-Z and Kanye West, sure. And Beyonce, well, we can all agree Beyonce > someone like, say, Ke$ha, right?
Megalomania in music is not new. It’s just that women don’t do it as often. So where B’s concerned, I’d rather not sh-t on the front, but how about the quality of it instead?
These are weak lines.
There’s no art to them. There’s a difference between B’s words above and Kanye’s below, from Otis off the aforementioned Watch The Throne:
I made "Jesus Walk" so I'm never going to hell
Couture level flow, it's never going on sale
Luxury rap, the Hermes of verses
Sophisticated ignorance, write my curses in cursive
I get it custom, you a customer
You ain't 'customed to going through Customs, you ain't been nowhere
And all the ladies in the house, got 'em showing off
I'm done, I hit ya up manana
They’re both saying the same thing: I’m the best, you suck, I’m special, you’re not...but if only someone had written it more creatively for B. Because, really, she needs to bring it a lot stronger than this. When you’re punking people off you need to back it up with some imagination, you know? It’s more than telling us to bow down because this is your sh-t. I coulda come up with that.