If you ask some people, DJ Khaled dropped a song on Friday morning featuring Jay-Z, Future, and Beyoncé.
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But if you ask the right people, the only person that mattered in terms of Friday releases was Beyoncé — despite the fact that she appears for less than a minute on the fragmented song that Kevin Hart promised would cause a worldwide “flatline.” Sorry, Kevin, but nah.
On “Top Off,” the first single from DJ Khaled’s upcoming album, Queen Bey stood out — not just because she’s Beyoncé Giselle Knowles — but because she raps. Rare Beyoncé bars were dropped with a ferocity that stopped the music world and made it incredibly clear that the people are dying for a Beyoncé rap album.
Don’t be mistaken, though. This isn’t new behavior: Beyoncé has been doing this for a while. As documented by The Fader, Bey has a storied history of delivering melodic bars smoother than most MCs. It’s been happening since Destiny’s Child but perhaps her fiercest contributions to the game come from songs like “Diva,” “7/11,” or when she linked up with Nicki Minaj on “Feelin’ Myself” and the immaculate remix of “Flawless.”
There are a million theories one can muster as to what exactly makes Bey’s rapping so compelling. Maybe it’s because she’s Beyoncé, or maybe it’s due to the limited number of women rapping unabashedly like she does. Maybe it’s because she catches pockets of songs in a refreshing manner that’s uniquely her own.
Sure, when Beyoncé raps, skin clears and crops flourish around the world. But beyond that, perhaps it’s captivating because when she does decide to spit, we get a glimpse of the “authentic” Beyoncé from Houston, Texas, instead of the polished Hollywood figure we’re used to fawning over. Beyoncé’s never been afraid of getting real in her music.
But with each “Free Meek Mill” or reference to Drake she delivers in “Top Off,” it feels like a guard is let down for a bit, and sometimes even just the illusion makes all the difference.
Beyonce my favorite rapper
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) March 2, 2018
I want Beyoncè to start rapping more cause she really talking her shit & I am here for it!!!!! 🗣
— Shay B. Black (@1toprosper) March 2, 2018
WHERE IS BEYONCÉ’S UPTEMPO ALBUM?
We want it. And. With lots of rapping.
— Kirk Moore (@KirkWrites79) March 2, 2018
I could honestly enjoy a full song of just Bey rap verses… only because that’s usually her time to say awl the shit we been saying for her. And let’s not forget she rides the beat like a pro.
— ***MIKEY 💭 (@B_NERD) March 2, 2018
BEYONCÉ IS THE GREATEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME
— Christy (@BeyLikeChristy) March 2, 2018
I hope Beyoncé raps more on this album. Sis been spitting but I want more lmao
— A Tay (@AllynnTay) March 2, 2018
The people have spoken. Your move, B.