Beyonce’s ‘I Am… Sasha Fierce’ Turns 5: Stan & Deliver

Mike Wass | November 14, 2013 5:30 am

Stan & Deliver gives fans an opportunity to shake, cry and sing the praises of the albums they love from their faves.

Beyonce’s 2006 sophomore set B’Day sold buckets at home but international receipts were slightly down due to the LP’s heavy R&B focus — an unacceptable situation for a diva intent on world domination. It would have been an inescapable catch-22 for most artists: turn your back on the genre you love or stick with it and lose ground to lessors with a more commercial sound. Ever the innovator, Bey came up with a concept for I Am… Sasha Fierce that allowed her to please all-comers and firmly cemented her status as the queen of every existing musical genre.

Mrs. Carter’s solution was inspired. Her third album would be split down the middle. One half would contain the sexy, soulful R&B that keeps her Hive humming, the other would cater to a broader pop audience and showcase her incredible versatility. But how to differentiate them? Beyonce created Sasha Fierce — a wig-whipping, chunky jewelry-wearing pseudo-drag deity that she could channel all her outrageous impulses into. While Sasha pushed the envelope, the rest of the album would be more intimate.

The album ultimately won five Grammy awards, delivered four top 10 hits and sold multi-millions worldwide. That is an impeccable legacy but the story runs even deeper. Bey’s opus changed the way albums were promoted forever. By leading the campaign with the knockout double punch of “Single Ladies” and “If I Were A Boy”, she not only catered to two markets simultaneously but also prepared listeners for the LP’s innovative concept. Shortly thereafter dual singles became all the rage. That lead to the birth to the now unavoidable buzz single.

As for the music? It was truly beyond flaw. Beyonce finally came into her own as an artist — bravely testing the waters of synth-pop, alt-R&B and even folk music. It could have been an unruly  mess but Bey and Sasha held it together perfectly and treated us to timeless classics like “Single Ladies”, “If I Were A Boy”, “Halo” and “Sweet Dreams”. The 31-year-old reached even greater heights on 4 but I Am… Sasha Fierce remains an artistic and commercial triumph.

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the album, so we’ve asked some of Beyonce’s biggest fans to review the album track-by-track — from “If I Were A Boy” to “Poison”. So spray on some Pulse, put IASF on the stereo and prepare to have your wig snatched clean off.

Disc 1:

Name: Cameron Adams | Location: Melbourne | Twitter: @Cameron_Adams

1. If I Were A Boy

The first most of us heard of “If I Were A Boy” was the messy backstory armies of publicists failed to smother. Unknown writer BJ Jean had recorded the song for herself with hitmaker Toby Gad (Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, The Veronicas’ “Untouched” etc) and her label passed on it and through the dark magic of the music industry the song wound up in Beyonce’s larynx.

Back in the pre-4 days people were employed to scour the furthest corners of the industry for the best songs for Bey and “If I Were a Boy” was an impressive find. Beyonce’s version of “If I Were a Boy” was so strong — and out of character — it was chosen to co-introduce I Am… Sasha Fierce to the world with double-lead single “Single Ladies”.

“If I Were A Boy” is a white rock ballad essentially, but it’s also a singer’s song. Jean’s version is identical to the version the world loved, just huskier and with a bit of a country vibe. It’s no mistake Reba McIntyre is one of the many people who’ve covered the song. Harsh fact — Beyonce sings Jean’s song best.

It was the Freaky Friday role reversal lyrics that presumably drew Mrs. Carter in – a different way to backslap those pesky men. The gist? If she could switch genitals Bey could be a liquored-up, pants-down, call-dodging man-whore protected by the guy code cone of silence and displaying all the emotional depth of a thimble. Because that’s what men do.

And then there’s the unhappy ending lyrical twist, which in case you missed it, the oh-so-literal video rams home, with the emasculating smackdown “But you’re just a boy….” That video not only depicts Bey as the world’s hottest ever cop but proves only she make safety glasses look hot.

Name: Mike Wass | Location: Los Angeles | Twitter: @MikeWassMusic

2. Halo

“Halo” is my favorite song of all time. When I hear it a warmth creeps through my body and I feel Beysus watching over me from her golden throne in ritziest corner of New York. It’s hard to explain my, perhaps abnormal, reaction to the Ryan Tedder-penned power ballad but I’ll try.

In late 2008 I went to hospital for some routine tests. An overnight stint turned into a two month stay and I spent long, boring days watching terrible soap operas and talk shows. During the seemingly endless nights I would switch on my iPod and blast Beyonce’s latest. I loved every song but “Halo” had an inexplicable calming effect on me.

The genius of “Halo” is that  it works on so many different levels. There’s the obvious romantic aspect but also a spiritual component — making it a love song on an unusually grand scale. This dichotomy is reflected by the fact that the original video had Beyonce’s love interest being murdered in the woods. Those scenes were cut in favor of something more romantic and fluffy but magically, it still works.

Hearing Beyonce sing “Halo”  live is a religious experience that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Hearing her glorious voice soar over an orchestra of synths is quite likely the sound you’ll hear when Jesus opens heaven’s gate.

This perfect piece of modern pop gospel massages your ears and soothes your soul. Never has there been a more deserving winner of the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammys.

Name: Kandis Wilkinson | Location: Nassau, Bahamas | Twitter: @BaddieKuntDis

3. Disappear

“Disappear” is one of Beyonce’s best and most underrated ballads. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful songs on I Am… Sasha Fierce. The song is about two people in a relationship, but they’re both emotionally detached from it, so it’s pretty much useless.

Beyonce’s in this relationship but she’s not really serious about it and she’s not really caring in the beginning. After a while, he stopped caring because she wasn’t ready for love, but when she finally was ready to be loved and to show it, he wasn’t interested and he moved on.

She’s finally ready to show him her love and show him that she cares, and she wants another chance and to build a relationship with him. He’s moved on, but she still thinks about him and she still wants to be with him. Now they are broken up, she still feels attached to him though she knows they are over.

This song is one of my personal favorites because of the delicate harmonies, the soft melody and the picking of the guitar. The lyrics show are beautiful and relatable to many people who have gone through the same things. I can only hope and pray we have the pleasure of hearing this beautiful song being performed live.

Name: Sam Lansky | Location: New York, NY | Twitter: @samlansky

4. Broken-Hearted Girl

The Babyface and Stargate-helmed ballad “Broken-Hearted Girl” wasn’t a favorite on I Am…Sasha Fierce for many critics, who called the production “unfinished” and the diva’s normally hurricane-like vocals as sounding “thin”!

But the song’s devastating lyrics and emotive delivery mean that it’s still an exceptional song in its DNA — which is best revealed by Alan Braxe‘s official remix of the song, which transforms it into a French disco masterpiece, all heartbreaking, breathy snippets and wobbly synths working in tandem to make it the ultimate crying-on-the-dancefloor jam.

Leave it to King Bey: For the one song on the record that the haters dared to call conventional, she commissioned a remix that transformed it into one of the best songs in her whole oeuvre.

Name: Maurice Hayes | Location: Philadelphia | Twitter: @ILLUMINATIESQ

5. Ave Maria

“Ave Maria” is a brilliant record. From Beyonce’s airy tones to her operatic riffs, “Ave Maria” made Beyonce shine in a different light. To know that Beyonce is capable of blending classical and contemporary music into a song that is beautiful and artistic, shows the world that she is capable of tackling any genre she sets her mind on. “Ave Maria” displays the beauty that is Beyonce and her artistry.

Name: Luis Figueroa | Location: Newark, Delaware | Twitter: @RoyalBabyLu

6. Satellites

“Satellites” is probably the least remembered, most underrated ballad of Beyonce’s entire career but it remains one of my favorite songs. When discussing Bey, two words automatically come to mind: precision and perfection. She has made an entire legacy out of her energetic dancing and immaculate singing.

The reason why “Satellites” is such a wonderful song is its simplistic stripped-down nature and the honest emotional feeling found in the lyrics that we rarely see from one of the most mysterious icons of all time.

The song is clearly about her relationship with Jay Z and how she feels when she is away from him when either of them is away touring the world and entertaining their fans. It also touches upon public image and how only they truly know who they are when the cameras are off.

I know the general public will remember “If I Were A Boy”, “Halo” and even “Smash Into You” as the quintessential ballads from I Am… Sasha Fierce but “Satellites” truly shows a more honest and human side of Beyonce to those who wish to see it.

Name: Bradley Stern | Location: New York, NY | Twitter: @MuuMuse

7. Smash Into You

The standout ballad from I Am…Sasha Fierce was, is, and always and forever will be considered “Halo” by the general public, but the album had its fair share of under-appreciated slower moments that deserve just as much praise for the diva.

“Smash Into You” — a re-recording of Jon McLaughlin‘s “Smack Into You” — is a particularly perfect, smooth slow burn of emotion. Bey’s superstar vocals sound especially melodic on the simple guitar-led production, but it’s the moment she hits her stride at the very end, as the track builds louder and louder, that truly makes the song: “I’m ready to run, run, run…RA, OOH, OOH, ooh, ooh, ooh!” Chills for days.

You can genuinely FEEL that emotion, in a way that only the ever-iconic King Bey could provide.

Name: Khloe Smith | Location: Trinidad | Twitter: @_UnorthodoxCxnt

8. That’s Why You’re Beautiful

Beyonce is telling me that I am… beautiful. That’s ALL the validation I need! Aside from the song delivering stellar vocals, Beyonce goes on to list all the reasons why I’m beautiful. I feel as though this song should be prescribed to the depressed as medication because, if this song does not boost your moral, then I don’t know what will.

You have the most beautiful person in the world not only telling you that you’re beautiful but is also listing the reasons so you know it’s real. The lyrics are EVERYTHING! This song could be played as a couple’s nervous first date dance or a celebratory first dance as husband and wife.

Now let’s get to how Bey uses her vocal technique to slay every listener’s ear with ease. Bey sounded like she was singing sweet lullabies to her at-the-time unfertilized princess Blue Ivy. It’s flawless. There was no kinda strain in sight. If anybody knows anything about being beautiful it’s Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter and her opinion dominates all.

Name: Ja’Maz Trenton | Location: Tampa, Florida | Twitter: @Beys_Prodigy

9. Save The Hero

To begin with let’s have a moment of silence. The slayage this song contains is the equivalent of opening Pandora’s Box. From beginning to end it gives you everything you need and more and anyone who disagrees can go play in traffic blind-folded.

When it comes to an artist singing a ballad, it’s usually to convey a message of some kind. Not only did Queen Beyoncé Giselle Sasha Fierce Third Ward Trill Knowles-Carter convey a message. She told a beautiful story which millions around the world could relate to.

When it comes to the Queen, most stans will agree that some of her best work is her unreleased tracks. “Save The Hero” is no exception. Why this gift from God was only a bonus track on I…Am Sasha Fierce is something I lay awake at night pondering.

Dissecting this endangered ballad — I say endangered because mainstream music has lost it’s touch with feel-good, heart-wrenching meaningful songs — is hard because every line is a tear jerker. The line that stands out to me is “I bottle all my hurt inside, I guess I’m just living a lie”. I feel as though we have all been in the position where we feel abandoned and have no one to go to or talk to. The lyrical content of this song is exceptional.

“Save The Hero” was written and produced by Ali Tamposi, Beyonce, James Scheffer and Rico Love. I thank God for the four of them and the creation of this timeless masterpiece. This song shot Mrs. Carter in the stratosphere of being a superb artist. Sure, she can give you a funky mean up-tempo, but to me it’s songs like “Save The Hero” that speak volumes upon Beyonce as an artist.

In the near future I hope Beyonce will be cast as Wonder Woman. Following that, she will re-record “Save The Hero” and release it as the lead single from the soundtrack. Now tell me that doesn’t sound like pure slayage?

*listens to “Slay The Hero” and receives ALL my life*

Disc 2:

Name: Jason Smith | Location: Perth, Australia | Twitter: @jsmith189

1. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

One of Bey’s biggest hits, and arguably one of the biggest tracks of the past 10 years, “Single Ladies” not only stormed the charts, but possibly every TV, phone and computer screen across the globe.

The cultural phenomenon set the standard not only for Beyonce but for the music industry generally, with everyone being forced to take a back seat and ride the Beyonce wave for the rest of 2008 and well into 2009. With good reason. After all, if such an iconic video with no real storyline and no substantial budget can be created in the back of a dance studio and slay everyone like it did, the others really have no excuse.

While the Tricky and The-Dream produced beat was quite obviously contagious, it was the Queen’s striking vocals, obnoxiously catchy hooks (there were multiple) and very simple message that had everyone going crazy for the opening track of the Sasha Fierce half of the album — solidifying her as not only pop royalty but also as public enemy number one for straight men around the world.

In your face lyrics forcing women to step back and take a look at their ain’t-shit-ass men created both outrage and a surge of independence for fans and non-fans alike. Hate it or love it, “Single Ladies” was everywhere you turned and, much like “Crazy In Love”, will be around for a long time to come.

Name: Sheridan Broady | Location: Nashville, TN | Twitter: @HeySheridan

2. Radio

“Radio” is easily one of the most personal songs on this album. The track really talks about Bey falling in love with music at a very young age and being obsessed with her radio, always excited when she would hear her favorite song played.

It really shows that being an icon has been her dream her whole life. On the I Am tour she performed the song and showed clips of her as a little girl singing the infamous “I think I’m bad and Queen is my name” further assuring she has been snatching wigs, alongside her radio, since birth.

But honestly, I really fell in love with the “Radio” when I heard Bey perform it at the National University Hospital. Her voice, for lack of a better word, slayed. She really proved that she always sounds better live than in the studio.

Her voice was so free and natural as she literally sat in a chair, made down, Virgin Remy not even curled yet and blessed the life of everyone in there effortlessly, like only she could. Sorry, but your fave could possibly never. In the words of our own, all-wise, all-powerful, all-knowing, Queen Bey: bow down.

Name: Courtney Gamble | Location: Atlanta, GA | Twitter: @KingCourtnee

3. Diva

When I first heard “Diva” I was shocked. One because it wasn’t the typical love song we get from her. Two because she was rightfully taking place on her throne like I’d been wanting her ass too. This was her third studio album and I wanted her to take a controversial risk and that’s exactly what she did. “Diva” exudes independence and female empowerment — gaving us hard working women the right to simply state “I am that bitch!” and own it!

Starting off a song with, “stop the track, let me state facts: I told you gimme a minute and I’ll be right back”, was a clear in-your-face, “I LET YOU HAVE YOUR FUN BUT THE QUEEN IS BACK. STEP THE HELL ASIDE!”

Beyonce is a queen that floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee BUT this time around Beyonce was taking the initiative to go ahead and cut off bitches’ heads without fair warning. People are always looking forward to seeing Beyonce step out of her comfort zone, and she did just that so effortlessly.

In the club, in the car, in the shower, at work; I was singing along to “Diva”! I could relate to the song so much because I do consider myself a diva, which a woman has to be sometimes. But “the female version of a hustla” part more described me perfectly.

Being a hustla, you are that ultimate woman that works hard for she wants by all means. NO is not an answer and being a “go-getter” is always the solution. Whether it’s being an amazing student in school, working several jobs, being a great mother, or just simply providing for yourself — women could some how relate to Beyonce stating that a “hustla” is what we are!

I honestly think if a woman can’t relate this song in some way, she is from another planet or her mindset was just not the same as mine. Although I am a HUGE fan of Beyonce, I could step out of all that and still say “Diva” was the anthem for women all around the world.

We needed this song as a representation for those of us who do work extremely hard for everything we have! Beyonce did a damn good job and this song will forever live on as a club banging, radio blasting, booty shaking chorale!


Name: David Codina | Location: Elche, Spain | Twitter: @Cobraestilo

4. Sweet Dreams

When it first leaked, eight months prior to its final release as part of I am… Sasha Fierce, I decided not to listen to it. Firstly because I was sure it wouldn’t make the final cut and secondly because I had a really hard time the previous year with Kylie Minogue‘s X and the sheer amount of amazing songs that were cut from the record in favor of some that were not as amazing. I refused to sound like an old queen again — complaining about how I Am… Sasha Fierce was ok but could have been better.

Ultimately it made the cut and it became one of my top songs on the record with “Radio” and “Halo”. The electro pulse, the futuristic beats contrasted with her earlier production. It’s an adventurous song that takes Beyonce out of her comfort zone. Sasha Fierce is let loose in a dark and haunting forest where she can unleash her sexy sulky vocals. Synth-licious, I was not ready for that jelly!

One can only dream of an electro album with Beyonce working with Richard X or Stuart Price and embracing a more European sound. Of all the wonders that this song is, what strikes me the most is how it blends an icy electro pop sound with Beyoncé’s panther vocals.

She’s sultry, sexy and powerful. Somehow she’s a volcano happening on top on an iceberg. A beast of pure animal becoming one with high-tech, a glimpse of a sci-fi era of could be pop.

Name: Erica Washington | Location: Memphis, TN | Twitter: @ErYeezy

5. Video Phone

“Video Phone” is one of the BEST songs on I Am… Sasha Fierce because Bey really shows us who Sasha is. She’s cocky and sexual but she’s still classy. The video itself was life! She gave bawdy in the outfits, booty shaking/rolling, even a little choreo slayage with Lady Gaga and she let us know EXACTLY why she is attracted to Jay Z.

“I like the way you approached me. Fresh white, with ya pants hangin’ grown man low.” Beyonce basically said his game was so strong, she didn’t even need to hear all of it. She was convinced that’s what she wanted as soon as he opened his mouth.

She also makes it perfectly clear that she does not have time for the bullshit. She knows what she wants and she gets it. I love when Bey hypes herself up because she rarely does but she deserves to because it’s nothing but the truth.

The constant talk about taking her pictures and filming herself on her man’s phone just puts naughty thoughts into everyone’s head. Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter naked? “And if you liking this position, you can tape it.” Who would not drool at the thought? Overall, I think the message of the song is describing how she got and keeps Jay interested.

Beyonce is telling you to keep your man happy by making sure his phone is filled with “happy thoughts” of you. And who wouldn’t take relationship advice from Beyonce? You’d be a fool not to.

Name: Keylaiha Brown | Location: Grand Rapids, MI | Twitter: @iBeyonceK

I still remember the first time I listened to “Video Phone” on my I Am… Sasha Fierce CD. Even though the “Video Phone” music video isn’t iconic as “Single Ladies” and the harmonies aren’t as powerful as those in “Halo”, there is no doubt that this song and video is amazing.

The video with Beyonce and Lady Gaga is so sexy who wouldn’t want to video them? I blasted the song, jamming to the beat. To me it was the perfect mixture of “Diva” and “Ego”. Now I must admit that “Video Phone” isn’t as great as “Telephone” but in my opinion it is more eye catching, although people under the age of 14 shouldn’t watch it.

In “Video Phone” you can see a lot of Sasha Fierce, Beyonce’s diva persona which is really cool because it’s a side of Beyonce we’ve never seen before. Gaga also delivered in “Video Phone”. Her rap part is amazing and her ability to keep up with Beyonce is remarkable.

Name: Nathalia De Jesus | Location: New York, NY | Twitter: @VoiceTooSmooth

6. Hello

From the first time I heard “Hello” I knew the song would be one of my favorites. It wasn’t your regular up-tempo booty-shaking song that everyone was used to hearing. Part of what makes “Hello” so appealing is Beyonce’s powerful vocal strength.

I love how “Hello” starts with Beyonce singing along with the piano. The song itself is undoubtedly underrated, which sucks because it slays my life. When I tell you she SINGS the hell out of this song LIVE, Lord please believe me. She’s childish for not including this song on The Mrs. Carter Show world tour.

“Hello” is better live. She sang that from her esophagus on the I Am… world tour! “HELLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOH!” Yas motha!!!! I wish someone would have me at hello honestly.

I’d be in the club like “HELLOOOOOOOOOOH let’s dance”, in the bedroom “your dick had me at HELLLLLLLLLLLLOHHHHH” and walk into the classroom late like ” HELLLLLLLLLLLLOHHHHH!”

Name: Jon Reyes | Location: New York, NY | Twitter: @JonReyes

7. Ego

At the point when “Ego” was released as I Am… Sasha Fierce’s 5th single, Beyoncé had the phenomenal visuals of “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” under her belt for a couple of months. As the third video from the Sasha Fierce portion of the album, it continued the visual motif of the Queen B with her two back up dancers, black and white cinematography, and her performance ability.

In a tongue-in-cheek move Beyonce enlisted Kanye West for the track’s remix in which he tackles his own high-level persona. It was a perfect pairing for the only track produced by Blac Elvis on the album.

“It’s too big / It’s too wide / It’s too strong / It won’t fit / It’s too much / It’s too tough,” Bey sings while conjuring visuals of husband Jay Z. Like you haven’t thought about it? While “Ego” wasn’t a chart-topper as the initial lead singles, it was a welcome prolongation of the Sasha Fierce brand.

Name: Phoenix | Location: London | Twitter: @Tha_Phoenix

8. Scared Of Lonely

With a beautifully complex harp melody and the stunning accompaniment that is B’s vocal line, “Scared of Lonely” is one of the standout tracks on the Sasha Fierce side of the I Am… record. Rodney Jerkins, more commonly known as Darkchild, did a fantastic job with the track’s production, weaving a pounding bass with delicate strings and the aforementioned harp.

The song soars to a stunning climax, with Beyonce’s vocals growing more pleading and emotionally desperate, and Darkchild gradually adding to the complementary instrumentation. The lyrics shouldn’t go ignored either; with the inclusion of phrases like “I’m trying to beat this emptiness, but I’m running out of time. I’m sinking in the sand and I can barely stand”.

“Scared Of Lonely” is a song that makes use of extended metaphors, with lyrics that are stunning in their simplicity. With a beautiful yet understated vocal, Beyonce does an excellent job with the lyrics, evoking a sense of vulnerability and managing to sound despairing yet hopeful that her pleas won’t be in vain.

This is a fantastic, underrated track that sees Beyonce deliver yet another great vocal and Mr Jerkins prove once again why he’s one of the best producers in the business.

Name: Matthew Williams | Location: Fort Washington, MD | Twitter: @BeyoncesHubby

9. Why Don’t You Love Me

“Why don’t you love me? Tell me baby why don’t you love me when I make me so damn easy to love?” Beyonce croons in the opening to her 12th number one Billboard Hot Dance Club Play hit “Why Don’t You Love Me”. Produced and co-written by Bee-Z, another one of Bey’s many aliases, Solange Knowles, Angela Beyoncé and The Bama Boyz, this is a stand-out track from the euro-pop and acoustic sound of I Am… Sasha Fierce.

“Why Don’t You Love Me” embodies her innate ability to blend old school R&B with new school and make it sound current. Throughout the song Beyonce lists all the reasons why her lover is “just plain dumb” for even thinking about leaving her over the disco-infused, tribal beat.

Check her credentials. She’s got beauty, heart, ass, she’s smart, got moves in your bedroom, hell, she even puts money in the bank account! She has it ALL! No need to even mention her plethora of career achievements (*dusts off 17 Grammys*). And as Sasha Fierce suggests, there’s nothing not to love about this song.

Beyonce does a 180 degree turn from the remorseful sound of “Resentment” from B’Day and gives us a funky, upbeat, how-dare-you-leave-me, head bobbing, finger pointing in your face thrill ride. Knowles reminds us that heartache doesn’t have to be poured out into a power ballad. You can be just as mad at your lover while shaking your derriere in your House of Dereons.

The song has become a fan favorite and a staple in her live performances. Mrs.Carter shows off her vocal acrobatics in a series of vocal runs for a minute and a half before the beat drops and she sashays her way around stage with the Les Twins.

The beat is so infectious that she had to take off her 5” stilettos, something she rarely does, and engage in an all-out jam session with her band at one of her Revel performances. If you’re still not convinced that there’s nothing not to love about “Why Don’t You Love Me” you’re probably the dummy that she’s singing about.

Bonus Track:

Name: Aj Funches | Location: Las Vegas | Twitter: @DraggingForBey

1. Poison

Imma just be honest. I wasn’t too fond of the song at first because I just felt like the song took me nowhere and I felt like Bey didn’t go AWF like I know she could have. But something in my spirit told me to listen to this song one more time and also to listen through my surround system.

Listen bitch, when I listened to it again something was different. The underlying bass, the lyrics and most importantly the way Bey delivered the lyrics did something to my soul. It brought me back to those memories of being in relationships that I knew damn well I shouldn’t have been staying in but I couldn’t help but be addicted to that person, to their aura, to their touch.

The way Bey sings through the verses and her ad-libs I just FELT what she was singing. From the opening harmonies to how she distinctively switches up the last chorus, the shit SLAYED me. And even if you don’t know what it feels like to this position, the way Bey sings this song makes you want to fall in love with an ain’t shit man just so you can experience what she’s singing about.

I realized Bey didn’t have to go AWF because she made it believable and connectable. When Bey sings songs like this, IT PUTS ME IN MY FUCKING FEELINGS. I think the song is so underrated because I honestly didn’t pay it much attention when I first got the cd myself.

Beyonce’s vocals SLAYED, but that’s like a given at this point. The song is called “Poison” because it’s poisonous to these lesser bitches’ vocals because she proved that she can hold back and still slay the struggle bus voices of the pop industry.