Los Angeles — Y’all thought it was over huh?
Beyoncé, the Queen of R&B, the DIVA herself is no stranger to surprise drops. Nearly 11 years after her first drop, the self-titled visual album, she has decided to bless our ears with a new sound she’s been teasing for ages: country.
Queen Bey surprised us Sunday with not only a Super Bowl LVIII commercial with Verizon titled ‘‘Can’t B Broken’’ that included actor Tony Hale, she also attempted various ways to break the internet with references to “Lemonade” and the “Barbie” film while also getting into shenanigans like being a streamer or being on the Las Vegas Sphere. She even went to space! At the end of the commercial, she said “drop the new music” and many ran to her socials and website to see if she delivered.
And delivered she did with “act ii” of her Renaissance project with two new songs out tonight, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” a song with a bouncy southern beat that evokes thoughts of hoedowns and are integrated with Texas and southern culture about having a carefree night of dance and romance that makes one want to get their boots to the floor.
The second song to introduce this era is “16 Carriages” which is a slow song that encompasses a reflection of Beyoncé’s career and how it affected not only her, but her parents and her own family that she created. It is a bittersweet reflection, just like many country songs.
She’s no stranger to the genre, as she performed ‘’Daddy Lessons’’ with The Chicks at the CMA Awards in 2016 in a performance that was deemed controversial by some, the criticism had racial undertones with certain country fans believing she was unworthy of being up on stage and her sound was not fit for country.
This new album is the long-awaited and hyped act ii of the 2022 masterpiece comeback album, “Renaissance,” that heated up the charts and gained both fame for its infectious house and disco music influence and infamy for not having any music videos for promo. We’re still waiting …
Put your cowboy hats on and get ready to ride. Beyoncé rides at dawn on March 29, the anticipated release of “Renaissance: act ii”.
Beyoncé is also making waves with her hair products named “Cécred’’, which is expected to launch Feb. 20.
Zipporah Pruitt, (she/her) is an L.A. homegrown journalist, who covers entertainment and culture. Follow her on X and Instagram: @zippzapps.