In November of 2015, the roommates over at the Shade room were buzzing that Beyonce was in New Orleans filming and it had to be something big. There were reports of her shutting  down the streets as well as the Super Dome. When Formation was released this weekend we all found out what “Queen” Bey had been up to.

The world was taken by storm when  Beyonce suddenly  released her new single “Formation” out of the blue. It is her first new  record since 2013 and came  just a day before  she was scheduled to perform live at Superbowl 50 with Coldplay and Bruno Mars.

The song has  been  received with mixed reactions and the internet was flooded with memes from the  video and  song. As one who is not a fan I haven’t heard the song nor watched the video. I confess I didn’t watch the live performance either. When I woke this morning my social media timelines were inundated with pictures of Beyonce’s dancer in Black Panther  style costumes. Suddenly I was seeing all these headlines about  Formation  being some kind of social justice anthem and that Beyonce really cared about Black people.

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Things that make you go hmmm

Things that make you go hmmm

I found myself wondering if I  had been wrong not to at least listen to the song. I knew I had avoided the video because of the imagery on the memes. They disturbed Me, I saw photo after photo of Beyonce surrounded  by women where she was almost the lightest things in the whole video. I saw her daughter positioned the same standing in front of two very dark children her age. I saw Beyonce atop a police car as New Orleans flooded, which to me made a mockery of the deaths during hurricane Katrina. I saw a million memes regarding Red Lobster which I didn’t understand but later came to see as pandering directly to  Black people and not in a good way. No offense  but  Beyonce and  Jay-Z are NOT eating at Red Lobster and we know it. I wonder what kind of  deal she has with Red Lobster that she would  promote it in her song AND Red Lobster would follow up with a tweet about “Cheddar Bey Biscuits” Product placement in music has been around for quite some time. I hate being marketed to in my music.

like she'd eat at Red Lobster

like she’d eat at Red Lobster

But I said to myself okay, let’s see what the fuss is about. I still couldn’t bring myself to watch the video or listen to the song, however. I did the next best thing, I pulled up the lyrics. I don’t need to hear the tune understand the words. Immediately I was  shocked and appalled. I couldn’t fathom for the life of me why this was being called a song about social justice, why people alluded to anything  positive from this. Now I  will NOT deny there is  some beautiful Black historical imagery in the video, I  admit 100% that  in the VIDEO she uses images that would elicit a feeling of emotion  from anyone. The video  has imagery such as police in riot gear surrendering to a young black boy, it  features the “hands up don’t shoot” theme, there’s a wall painted with “stop shooting us” I can understand  how someone  who watched the video without listening to the song could think this was something positive.

Once you hear or read the words to the song though how can you sing this song? How  can you say this song has anything to do with social  justice, black people, equality? This song is  offensive and, in my opinion, stupid. It’s another one of her women’s anthems type songs with sex just like half of the songs she’s had on the radio lately. I was reminded of  her surfboarding and having stuff on her dress in the limo in that other song as she sings about  taking  her man to Red Lobster after he “f*cks her good” Really? Is that  social justice? She  sings about  her “Negro” daddy and  her “Negro” nose? Calling  Black people  Negro, so that  everyone will walk around singing these lyrics, how is that socially just to me? As a Black  woman born in the 80’s I never had to deal with being called Negro, I  have been Black my whole life thanks to those who FOUGHT to take the term Negro off me. Now I have to be Negro again because Beyonce says so? What happens when the wrong  person calls someone Negro?

really?

really?

The song  mentions NOTHING about social injustice or politics, the song mentions NOTHING about unarmed people being shot, or the poisoned children in Flint. It mentions NOTHING about presidential candidates projecting  hate speech towards Muslims. So what DID this socially just  song  talk about? Let’s see….Beyonce  being so country she carries hot sauce in her purse, her Givenchy dresses, her getting what she wants, sex with her man, her Negro daddy, drinking liquor straight no chaser, oh yea and  buying  some Jordans. Think I’m joking? I’m not read them for yourself

[Intro: Messy Mya]
What happened after New Orleans?
Bitch, I’m back by popular demand

[Refrain: Beyonce]
Y’all haters corny with that Illuminati mess
Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh
I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)
I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces
My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana
You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma
I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros
I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils
Earned all this money but they never take the country out me
I got hot sauce in my bag, swag

[Interlude: Messy Mya + Big Freedia]
Oh yeah baby, oh yeah I, ohhhhh, oh yes I like that
I did not come to play with you hoes
I came to slay, bitch
I like cornbreads and collard greens, bitch
Oh yes, you best to believe it

[Refrain: Beyonce]
Y’all haters corny with that Illuminati mess
Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh
I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)
I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces
My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana
You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma
I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros
I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils
Earned all this money but they never take the country out me
I got hot sauce in my bag, swag

[Chorus: Beyonce]
I see it, I want it
I stunt, yeah, little hornet
I dream it, I work hard
I grind ’til I own it
I twirl on them haters
Albino alligators
El Camino with the seat low
Sippin’ Cuervo with no chaser
Sometimes I go off, I go off
I go hard, I go hard
Get what’s mine, take what’s mine
I’m a star, I’m a star
Cause I slay, slay
I slay, hey, I slay, okay
I slay, okay, all day, okay
I slay, okay, I slay okay
We gon’ slay, slay
Gon’ slay, okay
We slay, okay
I slay, okay
I slay, okay
Okay, okay, I slay, okay
Okay, okay, okay, okay
Okay, okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay
Prove to me you got some coordination
Slay trick, or you get eliminated

[Verse 1: Beyonce]
When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay
When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay
If he hit it right, I might take him on a flight on my chopper,
cause I slay, Drop him off at the mall, let him buy some J’s,
let him shop up, cause I slay
I might get your song played on the radio station, cause I slay
I might get your song played on the radio station, cause I slay
You just might be a black Bill Gates in the making, cause I slay
I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making, cause I slay

[Chorus: Beyonce]
I see it, I want it
I stunt, yeah, little hornet
I dream it, I work hard
I grind ’til I own it
I twirl on them haters
Albino alligators
El Camino with the seat low
Sippin’ Cuervo with no chaser
Sometimes I go off, I go off
I go hard, I go hard
Get what’s mine, take what’s mine
I’m a star, I’m a star
Cause I slay, slay
I slay, hey, I slay, okay
I slay, okay, all day, okay
I slay, okay, I slay okay
We gon’ slay, slay
Gon’ slay, okay
We slay, okay
I slay, okay
I slay, okay
Okay, okay, I slay, okay
Okay, okay, okay, okay
Okay, okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, cause I slay
Prove to me you got some coordination
Slay trick, or you get eliminated

[Bridge: Beyonce]
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, I slay
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation
You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation
Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper

[Outro]
Girl I hear some thunder
Golly this is that water boy, oh lord

smh

smh

Beyonce got her fans again, within the span of 3 days  she and her husband announced they would donate over 1 million via Tidal to the Black Lies Matters campaign, which they will receive some time later this year. Then she released a video with imagery that would appeal to the Black Lives Matters protesters and supporters with WORDS  that appeal to  trap queens and people in the  club. She also  released a whole  merchandise line along with it featuring lines from the song and  images from the video. The NEXT day she  performed LIVE at the Superbowl and announced that she is  going on a Formation tour starting April of 2016. This  girl just dropped a song, clothing line and  announced a tour without spending one penny on promotions. Set herself to rake  all your money.  Smart and ruthless and most people  don’t see it.  I do and  I’m not impressed at all. I am offended that  she would think that we are so stupid as not to see it or to sing along with that song. I am not singing about my Negro nose or my Negro daddy. The nerve…

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