Queen Bey has risen from her slumber to set shit straight on “Bow Down/I Been On,” a double track whose first half was produced by Hit-Boy. Beyoncé shouts out H-town and cocks her tiara on “Bow Down,” singing, I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife, which no one would dare think in the first place, despite the titling of her Mrs. Carter Show summer tour. The track then screws into the trap-opera “I Been On,” a menacing blip-fest produced by Sonny Digital, Polow da Don, Keyz and Timbaland, where Bey drops some bars over her own haunting harmonies and admits to sneaking UGK CDs when papa Knowles wasn’t watching. We can hear the BeyHive’s chorus of “YAAASS” from here.
Stream: Beyoncé, “Bow Down/I Been On”