Not everyone wants to “Bow Down” to King Bey. It looks like the genius that is Beyonce’s team achieved their goal: Get the world talking while letting R&B chicks know Bey holds the throne.
Is it a single, is it a snippet, will it even be on the album? These questions swirled around the ’net on Sunday when a mash-up of “Bow Down”/”I Been On” dropped Sunday. “Bow Down” produced by Hit Boy embodies Bey’s more ratchet side giving homage to her hometown of Houston. She sings, “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 bitches/I took some time to live my life/But don’t think I’m just his little wife/Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted/This my sh*t, bow down bitches.”
Well, you know how they say a hit dog will holler. Keyshia Cole wasn’t feeling the lyrics to Bey’s new song that already has way less accomplished women telling others to bow down. Only a month after the Keyshia Cole vs. Michelle Williams debacle, Keyshia tweeted:
The verdict is still out on why Keyshia felt a way when Bey didn’t mention any names. But on the other hand, she has a point. Either you’re the woman singing at the president’s inauguration, a role model for young girls and preaching about women supporting each other, or you’re the chick who feels “bitches” better bow down.
“I Been On” produced by Polow Da Don is a chopped and screwed version of her vocals–an ode to her Houston roots. Whether or not the songs will end up on Bey’s forthcoming fifth album, she really should leave ratchet music to Rihanna who actually does it well. As a 31-year-old with a hubby and kid people turn to Bey for that soul gutting R&B. Bey’s music is regressing if these snippets with their Bubblegum lyrics are an indication of what’s to come. What she does do incredibly well, like no other, is get the people going.