Ignore the leaks — Beyonce’s seventh studio album, Renaissance, has officially arrived. As indicated, it’s an all-encompassing dancefloor album that blends house, disco, afrobeat and more into a 16-song opus that forces you to just “move.”
Beyoncé announced Thursday that she made the album in honor of her “Uncle Jonny,” who died of complications from HIV. Jonny was the nephew of Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, and she has paid tribute to him in the past. She credited him with exposing her to the sounds that inspired “Renaissance.”
“A big thank you to my Uncle Jonny,” Beyonce wrote on her website. “He was my godmother and the first person who introduced me to a lot of the music and culture that serves as the inspiration for this album. Thank you to all the pioneers who produced culture, to all the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for far too long. This is a celebration for you.”
Read on for some of the album’s most interesting lyrics.
1. “Kiss my scars because I love what they made”
Beyoncé has shown love to her children throughout her catalogue, but on track two of “Renaissance,” she honors her own body for bringing her into the world. Right at the beginning of “Cosy,” she practices indestructible joy in the face of the uproar, singing “Damn, I love the burning of the dagger from the words that you say / Dancin’ in the mirror, kiss my scars because I love what you.” made.”
On the night the album was released, Beyoncé posted a photo of her children sleeping by her side. Below the photo, she thanked a number of people, as well as her own family, for giving her the freedom to make the album she dreamed of.
“I want to give a special thank you to Rumi, Sir and Blue for giving me the space, creativity and inspiration,” she wrote. “And a special thank you to my beautiful husband and muse for capturing me through those late nights in the studio.”
2. “May I suggest that you don’t f— fly with my sister / because she feels comfortable?”
Beyoncé loves her family, but don’t expect that love to spread when you step out of line. She later sings about her sister and co-singer Solange in “Cozy,” warning you to be careful and not provoke her if you’re not ready for what might happen.
Of course, the world got its first glimpse of Solange’s hands after an after-party at the 2014 Met Gala. While Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Solange were in an elevator, Jay Z and Solange got into an argument that resulted in Solange attempting to punch Jay Z while Beyoncé watched.
The three reconciled behind closed doors, but Beyoncé has mentioned the incident before. “Of course s- sometimes goes down when an elevator costs a billion dollars,” she sang on 2014’s “Flawless.” Hov reflected on the debacle a few years later on his own album 4:44, rapping, “You goaded Solange and knew the whole time/everything you had to say that you were wrong.”
3. “Must be the money ’cause it’s not your face”
Beyoncé doesn’t care if you’re mad about this album, and there are plenty of moments where she guns you down with no compromises. In “Church Girl,” she spins Nelly’s ruthless hook from “Tip Drill,” in which the St. Louis rapper spits out “It must be your ass, ’cause it ain’t your face,” and changes the words to “Must be the cash because it’s not your face” in the song’s outro.
As a whole, the song turns the church on its head, beginning with traditional gospel before catching the drums to let it go: “Church girls acting loose, bad girls acting snotty,” she sings in the chorus and instructs you to drop it low and dance how you please. From there, the song only gets clearer: “You can be my daddy if you want/You can get it tattooed if you want,” she continues after the chorus.
4. “Call me if you want to hear hi-iii-gh”
When the album’s track listing first appeared, quite a few people expected Beyoncé to address the myriad problems plaguing the country on “America Has a Problem.” Instead, the song hyper-focuses on the white powder that’s rife on dance floors: cocaine.
“America Has a Problem” is a sample from Kilo Ali’s 1990 recording of the same track, borrowing the synth bars used to record the song along with the a cappella singing “America? America has a problem.” Released amid the crack epidemic, Kilo Ali’s song talks about the downward spiral from friend to devil, along with the health, legal and psychological problems it can cause for those who either hit it or sell it. More than 20 years later, Beyoncé’s version remixes it with an eerie bassline that retains the same emotion, and compares her addiction to that of the powder with lines like “I make you weak for me / Make you wait for me a whole week / I see, as you watch, clear your throat / I know you want it, scheme.”
The track is full of references to the ski slopes calling someone’s ex “dope” who’s still “not crack enough” while elsewhere it references Tony Montana, the famous drug lord from the Scarface movie 1983
5. “The Category is Bey”
Beyoncé journeys through the realm of black music on “Renaissance,” as she has done throughout her catalogue. If you’re lost trying to keep up with the different styles, she sums it up with the line “The category is Bey” in the album’s final song, Summer Renaissance.
It’s not her only ballroom reference on the album — elsewhere on “Alien Superstar,” the category is “bad b—” and Beyoncé is the bar. Towards the end of the album, on “Pure/Honey,” Queen Bey talks about the vibrant Synthesizers that can only be heard in full effect on the dance floor.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-07-29/beyonces-renaissance-lyrics-ballroom-church-girl-cozy-america-has-a-problem Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ is here. See the most urgent lyrics