formally ended long-rumored hypothesis concerning the second act of her Renaissance trilogy in the course of the festivities Sunday (Feb. 11) with the discharge of not one however two songs: “16 Carriages” and “Texas Maintain ‘Em.”
The previous is a weak but empowering autobiographical ballad that finds the singer-songwriter’s melodious vocals using alongside to a spare observe. It’s punctuated by a hard-charging guitar throughout what’s going to little doubt turn out to be one other sing-along refrain for Queen Bey followers: “Sixteen carriages drivin’ away/ Whereas I watch them trip with my desires away/ To the summer season sundown on a holy night time/ On an extended again street, all of the tears I struggle.”
That quantity 16 is important: It’s how previous Beyoncé was when woman group Future’s Youngster signed with Columbia Information and launched its breakthrough single “No, No, No.” The tune’s lyrics additionally carry different biographical references, comparable to “I noticed Mama prayin’, I noticed Daddy grind” and “Goin’ so exhausting, gotta select myself …/ Nonetheless workin’ on my life, you recognize/ Solely God is aware of.” All in all, the tune paints a really visible image of Beyoncé’s desires and ever-evolving profession and life pursuits.
On “Texas Maintain ‘Em,” the Houston native turns playful alongside an uptempo, banjo-driven and folk-vibed observe — accompanied by whistling at one level — for “a real-life boogie and a real-life hoedown” as she and her crew head “to the dive bar we all the time thought was good.” It’s about working out for a enjoyable night time in town in lieu of sitting again and worrying about all of life’s issues. “This ain’t Texas/ Ain’t no maintain ‘em/ So lay your playing cards down,” Beyoncé proclaims. “I’ll be d–ned if I can not dance with you/ Come pour some sugar on me, honey, too.”
This isn’t the 32-time Grammy Award winner’s first rodeo. She introduced a peek inside her nation alter ego in 2016 with “Daddy Classes.” Showing on Lemonade, her sixth studio album, the tune additionally featured nation icons The Chicks on its promotional remix, which each acts carried out reside on the CMA Awards in 2016. Submitted for inclusion within the nation class that 12 months for the following Grammy Awards, “Daddy Classes” was rejected by The Recording Academy’s nation music committee.
On condition that tune plus Beyoncé’s Texas roots (for some, one othershe wore on the current Grammys), this transfer throughout the style aisle shouldn’t be a shock. On Renaissance: Act 1, she reclaimed home music, a style that Black musicians and artists had a significant hand in constructing. And now the identical for nation, whose longstanding basis was laid by Black musicians and artists as effectively. And earlier than Beyoncé, R&B stars Lionel Richie and Ray Charles (one other multi-genre aisle-crosser who’s additionally a Nation Music Corridor of Fame member) made their very own common, top-charting forays into nation. So why not Beyoncé?
Take heed to her two newest singles beneath: