Beyoncé Implores Us to ‘Bow Down,’ Like We Weren’t Already

While the rest of you were wearing green and making St. Patrick shake his head, Beyoncé released a new Hit-Boy-produced track, or rather two tracks fused together, "Bow Down/I Been On." From the surprisingly commanding sped-up vocals at the beginning to the album art of a young Bey surrounded by trophies to the imperative title, the whole thing, as much of Beyoncé’s body of work does, demands attention and veneration. She is back, and she is here to remind you that she is not just Jay-Z’s wife (true) and she is the queen (the refrain of "BOW DOWN, BITCHES"), and that she has not forgot where she came from.

Adding to the nostalgia of the album art, Beyoncé salutes her hometown of Houston, from the direct shoutout in the first line to the chopped-and-screwed style for which H-town is known. On "I Been On," she directly name-checks Willie D of legendary Houston hip-hop act Geto Boys (specifically referring to being "in that Willie D video when I was about 14, looking crazy") and to the late Pimp C of Texas duo UGK. After another certain Texas city has been getting an outpouring of love/editorial space these past couple of weeks, Houstonites are finally getting shown some love, too. Have a listen below. 

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