From that inauguration lip-synching debacle to her HBO documentary and dazzling Super Bowl halftime performance, Beyoncé has been on a heavy promotional run in the past few months. And yet, none of it included new music — until now. On Sunday (March 17), Mrs. Carter posted the track Bow Down/I Been On to her website.
Over a trippy instrumental courtesy of producer Hit-Boy, Bey lets her ego do all the talking as she ferociously talks herself up and spews demands. "I took my time to live my life but don't think I'm just his little wife/ Don't get it twisted, get it twisted/ This is my sh--," she sings, before repetitively commanding, "Bow down, bitches."
A little more than a minute into the clip, the tune seems to segue into the second song, I Been On. It's another far cry from Bey's usual glimmering pop&B formula, as the siren's vocals are transformed, Houston chopped-and-screwed style. Word is that Bey reportedly worked on the track with R&B duo Planet VI, who are responsible for Rihanna's equally gritty Pour It Up. And for those who prefer to hear the singer's unaltered voice, her Beyhive have already switched up the pitch in the track to reveal the original vocals.