Thursday, August 11, 2022

Beyonce’s Standout Rap Moments From ‘Everything Is Love’

*On Beyoncé’s “Everything Is Love” album, her surprise new collaborative project with JAY-Z, she stuns fans by tapping into her “hood” side and slyly rapping bars that many are putting on the same level as Kanye West, Nas, and even her husband.

So impressed are music critics and the BeyHive with her efforts, that Billboard picked five standout moments from the album that shows how much Beyoncé is coming into her own as an MC.

Read the article here, and check out highlights below.

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CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 06: Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles perform on stage at Principality Stadium on June 6, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood Entertainment)
CARDIFF, WALES – JUNE 06: Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles perform on stage at Principality Stadium on June 6, 2018, in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood Entertainment)

“Gimme my check, put some respeck on my check/ Or pay me in equity, pay me in equity / Or watch me reverse out the dick” (“APESHIT”)

Following their late 2017 collaboration “Stir Fry,” Migos and Pharrell reunite on Everything Is Love’s de facto lead single — and this time, hip-hop’s royal couple is in tow. Bey dexterously adopts the Migos’ signature triplet flow, putting her own spin on the rhyme scheme that has ruled the airwaves in recent years. (Notably, she uses the male-dominated style to discuss the gender pay gap.) She takes to it more naturally than her husband, who still sounds a bit like the “How do you do, fellow kids?” meme when he shares tracks with artists like Quavo and Offset. But clearly the Carters were in a mood to show Bey off: As the only Everything Is Love track to receive a visual (for now, at least), “APESHIT” makes Bey’s stylistic experimentation a centerpiece of the whole project.

“My friends are goals, your friends are foes / We fly, why cry, our souls exposed” (“FRIENDS”)

With “My friends are goals, your friends are foes,” Beyoncé has penned another lyric bound for t-shirt ubiquity — and this time, she delivers those words in a woozy Auto-Tuned cadence over a bleary trap beat. From the Lil Wayne comparisons that “Diva” garnered in 2008 to the chopped-and-screwed vocals of 2013’s “I Been On,” which later got a remix from Houston hip-hop mainstays including Bun B and Scarface, the native Texan has long embraced rap’s Southern strains. Here, she uses the style of confessional sing-rapping that MCs like Future have popularized; in a not-so-subtle nod to his beverage of choice, she raps, “I love my life, Styrofoam cups, no ice” on the same verse.

Read the other three points here.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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