Its so amazing that beyonce has constantly tried to
experiment in every solo album she released. In her first album as a solo
artist, “Dangerously in love”, the lead single ( which is now considered to be
one of the most iconic songs of all time) – “Crazy in love” was too retro and
full of horn riffs and blaring fanfare which tbh no one used in the 21st
century. Nevertheless, beyonce took the risk
and recorded it. She came up with the (now iconic) catchphrase –
“uh-oh-uh-oh,you know” and made it one
of the most popular songs of all time. Using Arabic tune with a hint of
bollywood style in “baby boy” or using sexual
tone yet remaining extremely
classy in “Naughty girl” - she took
these risks and succeeded.
In her second album, she changed her musical style again, using 1970-80s funk
influences and urban contemporary elements like hip hop. Plus her vision of
creating a record using live instruments helped in making this album different
than her last album and gave us amazing songs like “Ring the alarm” which uses
a siren as its melody. YES SHE USED A SIREN.; an amazing ballad “Listen” which
showed her vocal prowess and is now considered one of the “it” songs in
X-factor auditions; “Irreplaceable” which became one of the best selling songs
of 2000s .
In her third album , “I am…Sasha fierce” , she did this whole fun concept of a
battle between her true self and her alter ego which is brassy, big headed,
confrontational and witty. All this managed to invoke the interest of everyone.
The album not only gave us three iconic songs ; “Single ladies” , “If I were a
boy” , “Halo” but also managed to impress the critics and fans alike and won 6
grammys- the most by a female artist in a single night.
In her fourth album “4”, which boasts of one of the most beautiful ballads and
romantic songs of her career till date was critically acclaimed because of its
mid-tempo songs and evocations of late 1970s and early 1980s pop-soul. It gave
us her most funky and creative song yet
called “Countdown” , and a feminist anthem “Run the world(girls)”. Also Love on
top which had one of the best key changes of all times is considered one of the
hardest songs to sing and won a grammy. The whole album was a major departure
from beyonce’s dance-worthy tracks and
the world’s biggest star managed to explore her talent in ways few could’ve
But what truly made her the greatest entertainer of this generation was when
she released her eponymous fifth studio album on itunes without any
announcement receiving MASSIVE critical acclaim and commercial success.By
exploring darker themes for the first time and embracing her sexuality beyonce
made the kind of record people look upto. The album gave us an iconic song
called “Drunk in love” , the feminist anthem “ flawless” , the raw yet oh so
beautiful “XO” and one of the sexiest and most visually appealing songs of all
time “Partition” Rather than working for no1 singles, she created a body of
art- an album with an artistically rich music video for every song. The album
marked a wide shift in the industry standards of heavy promotions and the whole
hype around singles. There was no looking back, Beyonce had changed the rules
of industry and marked her place permanently as the undisputed queen of the
If that was not enough, beyonce released “Lemonade” , her most critically
acclaimed work to date, receiving universal acclaim . It was considered the
best album of 2016 and marked its place in history as one of the best albums of
all time. From the visuals to the poetry to the lyrical content- every aspect
of the album was perfect, receiving extremely positive reviews. Beyonce
broadened her reach towards different genres of music and effortlessly executed each and every one
alike - reggae(hold up), hip hop
(formation), country(Daddy lessons) , rock (Don’t hurt yourself) , dance (
sorry) , Ballad ( Sandcastles) , Soul ( Freedom ). The album is considered to
be a monumental feat in the history of music
and is planned and executed with utmost perfection. Something that is
synonymous with beyonce now. The lead single
“Formation” officially became the most awarded song in history
surpassing Michael Jackson’s thriller.
It truly amazes me how people try everything to tarnish her image and some even
have the audacity to compare her with the mediocre artists of this generation
who a few pop/RnB/country hits but can’t even hold a note without breathing
heavily. Nevertheless, beyonce continues to be a legend and set an example for other artists.
To all the Single Ladies and NBSBs (No Boyfriend Since Birth)
“For twenty-year-olds who have never been loved”
All of a sudden two decades have passed and you still have not kissed anyone with tongue, or kissed anyone at all for that matter, or had a 3 AM conversation with someone who would rather look into your eyes for ten minutes straight than talk. You have never worn a lover’s sweater or “forgotten” it at home in your bedroom just so you would have an excuse to see them again. You have never even stood face-to-face with someone who makes your hands shake so hard it feels like they’re both having a separate anxiety attack.
This causes you much guilt and self-blame and sadness but above all, an overwhelming curiosity. Are you really that ugly, that unwanted, that uninteresting, that boring, that no one, absolutely no one, has ever looked at you like the only thing on earth?
The answer is no. The better answer is that someone out there, somewhere in the world, is “wondering what it’s like to meet someone like you,” and they have two decades worth of love stored in their veins like a shoot-‘em-up drug, and they’re just about ready to inject it into someone else’s bloodstream. All you have to do is roll up your sleeves and wait for it to happen.
At times you felt so lonely you could stand at the edge of a cliff with nothing beneath you but air and grass and a long, long way down, and you’d still feel emptier than that canyon itself. Maybe you even danced with yourself alone in your room a few times, arms outstretched around a ghost, pretending someone else’s hands were on your waist, someone else’s eyes boring into yours.
Or maybe you fell temporarily in love with strangers on public transportation, fell in love with anybody who so much as accidentally brushed your hand on the way past. For you, falling in love with dozens of people a day was a coping mechanism for not having anyone to love you in return. But people are not eggs and falling in love with a dozen of them does not mean your shell will remain uncracked. One day you’re going to hit the point where you’re so desperate for human contact that you’re going to snap in half and all your love will bleed out like egg yolk.
But someone out there is eating a bowl of Ramen noodles right now, or putting on slippers, or settling into bed. They are doing all the normal things that you’ve done in your own life. They are just like you. They have cellulite and extra fat in all the wrong places and goals and fears and doubts and bad handwriting.
The truth is that they are just like you, and being just like you, they’re looking for a lover too. They’re what you might call a soulmate.
They think they’re all alone in feeling the way they do, but you’re really both two halves of a whole.
And one day you’ll meet them, bump into them on the street, and your two halves will be put together, and you’ll make one.”
I realized something today–and what I realized was, every guy who’s broken my heart or who has fucked me over in general, were never right for me, not because of the outcome–but because none of them could match me. You see, it’s not really about finding someone who makes your heart flutter and your lips curve into a smile–it’s more than that. You know in life, a girls gotta build her own empire. She’s gotta learn to love herself, be her best self, and be strong for herself, regardless of who is by her side. Maybe I haven’t completely done that for myself yet, but the day I do, I will never let someone stand taller than me. I will stand as tall as the skies will let me, alone, or with the one who can match me. Because no one should be towered over–no one should be overlooked. And that is something I will not allow anymore. When I meet the one, I’ll know it, because he will match me. And that is a power couple, right there; I want to be with someone who empowers me, and allows me to remain my best self that I have built myself.