Beyonce’s “Bow Down” & “I Been On”: 17 Tweets From Her BeyHive Of Stans Reacting To The Songs

Mike Wass | March 18, 2013 7:50 am

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

The Cover Art


  Responding To Criticism

Jesus Was Offended


I Couldn’t Help Myself

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