Ok so I know it's sorta old news that about her new album and stuff, and overall I liked it. But in one of my classes (Black Feminist Theory) in the first day we talked about how problematic her song "Drunk in Love" is when Jay-Z raps "I'm Ike Turner, turn up, eat the cake Annie Mae, I said eat the cake Annie Mae." Which is basically quoting from Tina Turner's biopic quoting a scene of domestic violence when basically Ike forces Tina(Annie Mae was her real name) to eat the cake by shoving it in her face, and assaulting an employee that was trying to help her.
this is basically a piece sort of explaining what I was talking about
some more explaining about the song . if you didn't no " surfboard " is a sex position as well in case if any body was wondering why she say's that in the song.
Personally, I think that songs are just songs and I don't usually like to read too much further into them. I can empathize with the topic, but I listen to music to listen to music. If I wanted to worry about current issues, I'd read up on the news and stuff like that.
I haven't really seen that particular biopic that was referenced, but I can get an idea of where the concern lies from the article you linked to. It will be interesting to see what the people who kept complaining about the Blurred Lines song will think about Beyonces Drunk in Love... I see them as along similar lines in a way?
and omg that video
i think this deserves some attention too LOL
I don't get why Beyoncé would associate herself with something like that, and in some sense I think it's wrong. On the other hand I also agree that a song is a song, and one of my fave musicians ever is Eminem I know a lot of people are offended by his lyrics but he doesn't give af. I don't really see why I'd feel any different with Beyoncé but meh. I could see how it'd be offensive to some but not because of color. Idk
that thing in drunk in love sounds pretty weird/bad to me :/
also, blurred lines is definitely awful, and it doesnt matter what he intended when he wrote that shit because it puts toxic ideas in peoples minds about consent.
music does not exist in a vacuum, you cant really separate it from social issues.
edit: i was reading the article after i posted this and this paragraph here-
"Beyonce: when you smile affectionately and sing along with that lyric, you are propagating a cycle of humiliation, of rape, of violence that is still horrifically real for women all over the world. The fact that Tina Turner broke the cycle by no means makes it acceptable for you to try to make her situation a sexy one."
- is kind of bugging me. because yes that is all true, but really now, beyonce is way better with this stuff than a lot of other artists, and yet they dont get this shit thrown at them.
Last edited by nebulas; 02-25-2014 at 08:27 AM.
At least that's what we discussed in lecture :p and it made sense to me
You'll have a bad time reading into a lot of lyrics. Especially a verse that was freestyled
As much as I want to believe that he freestyled it, the extensive editing the song probably had regardless, purely because it's a big name artist and big name label, wouldn't excuse it
I mean hey for all we know it's an inside joke about their kinky sex life
The thing is though, as offensive as it may be to some people; he's fucking Jay-Z.
He can say whatever he wants.
He just made spousal abuse and rape cool.