Tension has been running high in the Hive. With no sign of new music on the horizon, Beyonce’s feisty fan army was starting to feel duped. This was supposed to be the Year Of Queen B, but the Super Bowl and HBO documentary came and went without delivering so much as a release date, making the prospect of extended beyhydration very real. With restless stans on the verge of rebellion, Mrs. Carter was forced to silence her subjects by serving up “Bow Down/I Been On” via SoundCloud.
Critics are divided by King B’s revolutionary audio presentation, yet the Hive positively imploded with jubilation and vindication. The genre-bending, mind-stretching, opera-sampling opus was embraced like news that Keri Hilson had retired. Rapturously.
Stans interpreted “Bow Down/I Been On” as a personal thank you note from their glorious leader. Not only do the tracks (they appear to be snippets of two separate songs) borrow liberally from the Hive lexicon, the lyric “I told my crew to smack that trick” was interpreted as explicit approval from above to drag anything with a weave.
What followed is best described as a stanning frenzy. Wigs flew, haters were read and shade was thrown like rice at a wedding. Here are some of the highlights:
The Frenzied Reception
I’m the #1 chick I don’t need no hype. Yes! The lyrics may as well be Beyhive tweets lmao.
— Kuntniss Evergreen (@KingBeyonceStan) March 18, 2013
Bitches throw little rocks and stonesat Beyonce and her ass come back with a cannon.. — thugmisses(@FierceEgoE) March 18, 2013
Beyonce latched onto my edges and dragged my ass across the damn border with NO type of warning. — Sarah’s Titty Milk ♥ (@BaddieKuntdis) March 18, 2013
This bitch sang Opera and then… She fucking Rapped! I WAS SLAIN & GOT MY NEW LIFE AT THE SAME TIME! —Honey B (Joshua).(@FiercePrinceJ) March 18, 2013
The Cover Art
I JUST CAUGHT THE SHADE!!! “I know when you was a little girl, you DREAMT of being in my world. don’t forget it.” OMG @beyonce WHYYYY
— Scooter (@KINGBeysus) March 17, 2013
She’s just reminding these hoes. No tea. RT @jasfly: So who pissed Bey off?
— Fury J. Blige (@KidFury) March 17, 2013
Beyonce is somewhere warm, eating peeled grapes, thinking, ‘Yeah, send that one. That’ll get the gremlins twisting. Heeheehee!’ *post* — Joshua Idehen (@BeninCitizen) March 17, 2013
Responding To Criticism
People tweeting that Beyonce is ‘too old’ to be making songs like this when Nicki Minaj is 30 years of age…but I’m sleep tho… — Slim Seye-dy (@egowhatego) March 17, 2013
Some things aren’t meant to be artistically great; they’re meant to throw shade, get kii and nothing more (see ‘Cake’ etc).
— The Unassigned. (@Tha_Phoenix) March 18, 2013
Bow Down is OBVIOUSLY a buzz single. And by the looks of fans and hater’s tweets alike, it’s getting the job done. #BowDownBitches
— Bow Down|King B (@BeyoncesHubby) March 17, 2013
Jesus Was Offended
No one gives a fuck about your flop ass birthday “@trinitrent: This woman has the nerve to stink up my birthday with this dog shit.”
— Ilyuziya Petrova (@BelAmi__) March 18, 2013
BEYONCE RAPS BETTER THAN YOU :’( RT @souljaboy: IM THE BEST RAPPERS STRAIGHT LIKE THAT FUCK WHAT YOU HEARD !!
— CINDY VORTEX(@VoiceTooSmooth) March 18, 2013
I Couldn’t Help Myself
Rihanna is listening to Bow Down in a dark room right now, ugly crying at all the truth tea being spilled
— Mike Wass (@poptrashmike) March 17, 2013