1. PRETTY HURTS
Is this track broken? I knew it I knew it…damn Torrentz…..oh ok…it’s keche….cool…hmm, yeah… Pretty hurts and Perfection is a disease mayne.
Is this her plastic surgery confessional? I see…
Short of the irony of Beyonce of all people singing about the pain of aspiring to perfection, this song is catchy and uplifting-ish. This is no “Unpretty” but I’ll give her kudos for the socio cultural significance. I also can’t stand the constant harping on beauty-inner beauty-real beauty etc. Can we all just agree and call it what it is? Beauty is beauty, Intelligence is intelligence, Compassion is compassion, we really need to stop trying to make ‘beauty’ a synonym for ‘good’
Aww cute, she said Beyons. ..spooky intro…hmm…did she just say Salamanca? #BreakingBad…no…Solomon? …I’m not going to ragenius for this…Beat drops…not bad…don’t particularly get why it’s called haunted though…beat switches again? Hmm…and again? Who produced this? Drake?... Drakes Producer?...Ah is this song still playing…mmm…like some spirit that can’t pass on…I think I get it…
3. DRUNK IN LOVE (FT JAY Z)
Mmm you’ve been drinking eh? Woke up in the kitchen? Ei beyonchi…really tho? After singing love in this club with ursher…we get another ref…this southern twang is too much for me mehn…surf board?...wow…B on that slizzerd now? I see…Impressive…Yay…daddy Jay…these days u dey repeat tins oh…smh…middle age is catching up with you ehn…it’s cool…up all night like till 11pm eh? Oh Chale
Whoa…a new song has started already? Hollup…I love your face…you love the taste…title? Blow?! Eieieie Beyonce…of late you come understand entendres oh! Hey! Moaning now…guess I know why it’s age restricted. Skittles tho? Mmm Grown women on the floor! Ouch…that sounds hella painful yo..tear it out?..no TURN it out..ok… I can get with that… Daddy long stroke ay? Chale Chale…and ofcourse…Le Francais.
5. NO ANGEL
Trying not to make a Mandela Funeral ASL joke… right…so…moving on. I’m breathing heavy…and you’re no angel…I’m no angel…but you’re my angel? I’m sorry but all I see is the cheesy video. She’s riding the beat though. Rapping again I see…
Who is Ms. Carter? Seriously? Blue Ivy? Better be Blue Ivy. So we’re on the hip hop hump I see…Yonce all on his mouth like liquor…Channeling Missy Elliot now I see…the year she comes out of ‘retirement’…I’m just a little confused…isn’t Beyonce a French derived name? oh…so is that how it’s supposed to be pronounced? WHOAAAAAA HE MONCA LEWINSKY-ED all over my gown? Oh no she didn’t….no.she. did. Not! Channeling old DC I see. Getting it in in the limo…basically. Hard. Cute…Cos no matter how lewd and raunchy a statement is, It’s automatically more acceptable once said in Le Francais.
Is this Run the World again? No…who cooks naked B? I know it gets hot but… anyway…So essentially, your man is straying so you’re also out there wilding…we’re grateful you still have friends to randomly chill in the clubs with…you know those unwed unencumbered friends *cough* Kelly *cough* Michelle uhem… oh over so soon…Ok not bad…goes easy on the ears
There nor, “let me sit this ass on you”…wow…Cater2U pt 2….oh nice…this is that grown and sexy RnB…impressive, reminds me of D’Angelo. Obviously about what it’s about, but not so overt that it’s tasteless. 5 stars. Daddy…daddy…been a bad girl…punish me?…so much has been written about how wrong calling your significant other Daddy is…but oh well…
9. MINE (FT. DRAKE)
This is such a Drake song! Melancholy intro, Random rap, Balladeering…ah isn’t this just a different way of saying I’ll take care of You? And drake will not be undone on his own track! Sang it Boo! Overall nice jam, easy on the ears…
Any reason “XO” is immediately after Drake’s joint? No? ok…
This song ended before I realised It was playing…guess that’s the filler track then…
11. FLAWLESS (FT. CHIMAMANDA ADICHE)
Chi chi doing big tings neh! Eh eh! Rick Ross is shook right now! He’s wondering if he qualifies to bow down even…oh man! Straight up Riri warning…this is the vid with in the denim thong right? Wow…
First of all, let me give it B, this song is catchy as hell! “I woke up like this!” and no matter how wrong…I’m going to be chanting this, along with “Big pimpin’”, “Larry Hoover” and “drop it like it’s hot” Perhaps we give B too much credit…She represents women/ black women just as much as any other artist, not more. Does she profess to be a role model? I’m not sure? Maybe. But you know who doesn’t? Rihanna. Ms Fenty has never minced words in letting the world know that her worst behaviour is for herself…and maybe for sales but most definitely not for the kids, she doesn’t consider herself a role model. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a following and has no influence so she can act however she wants. She can act however she wants because she’s an individual just like everyone else and furthermore, a pop star. We all know Beyonce was Riri’s Idol, booty hoppin along with her in her bedroom, watching B on TV, yes, just like the rest of us, and now, they’re essentially peers. I’m just going to chalk up B telling other female artistes to “bow down” as Hip Hop Bravado…when we all know what it really is…Apparently there’s only room for 1 black female singer and rapper on top, and B is basically returning for her crown, that she temporarily abdicated to sort out family issues (as she says so herself) there was so much hype about Chimamanda’s sample, personally, as a fan, but I feel it doesn’t do her justice. This album features a lot of fairly well placed snippets, but this one…this one I’m not too sure about. It’s being trumpeted as “a sample of a feminist speech”, thereby implying that Flawless is a feminist song, which it clearly isn’t…or are the bitches she refers to men? Beyonce hits us again with the irony of a song about how she has it all (money, career, husband and child) while featuring a sample that speaks specifically to the double standard…or rather marriage oriented standard that women are held to. The basic premise of the first verse is that B feels that the other artistes have had a field day in her absence, but she has returned…so she hopes they’ve enjoyed their time in the sun and all, however it’s time to “bow down”. Am I right in assuming she didn’t really understand the essence of Chimamanda’s speech (which will probably be the most enthralling 30mins of your life) In shouting about breaking the mould and the glass ceiling, all Beyonce seems to be really doing is perpetuating the very same ideals that are contrary feminism. She sings about Perfection being a disease of a nation while being the embodiment of this “perfection” I am the only rolling her eyes? A successful man is one who has excelled in his professional field, everything else is extra…mere garnish but a successful woman has to have her looks as well as her family in check before being bestowed with that honour. That is the crux of the matter and all Flawless, and this entire album do is reiterate it.
12. SUPERPOWER (FT. FRANK OCEAN)
Not sure what the doomsday-anarchist themed video as to do with this song… and frank has just 2 lines? Or is he humming in the background?
A song about our dearly departed…
14. BLUE (FT.BLUE IVY)
Nice vocals, with a tinge of Bossanova J Good way to end
Whatever happens, the mere secrecy surrounding the release of this album has cemented it in music history, and it has already broken several record sales records. It’s a solid Hip-Hop RnB effort and is a far improvement over “4”. Beyonce gets top marks for cunning and planning, and if the past 2 years was her “disappearing” (world tour, several videos and singles, an album) then we’re in trouble now that Blue is walking and talking! There are endless critiques of Beyonce as an artist, what she represents etc, but perhaps we should just enjoy this album for what it is…Popular Music