Beyoncé has released the remix to the controversial “Bow Down/I Been On,” in which she features a cast of rappers from Houston. While she has received flack over her bold message that instructs “b******” to bow down, Eve said Beyoncé is well within the parameters of her throne.
“Beyoncé is on such a level that she doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone at all,” Eve told Radio.com. “That’s why some people don’t like that record. If you listen to the lyrics and some of the things she’s saying, she definitely is coming at some specific person, which is ‘Why do you even care.’ But at the same time, she’s a bossy b****. Do it.”
When Beyoncé dropped the original song in March, singer Keyshia Cole was among the loudest critics.
“First ‘Women need to Stick together’ now b****** better Bow,” Cole tweeted. “Smh. But it’s all G! Chicks stay shooting the shit. But when I speak my mind its a prob. #Well #StayMad”
Refusing to be silenced, Beyoncé returned with a remix that featured a cast of Houston, Texas-based artist, a nod to her own Houston roots. Z-Ro, Bun B, the Willie D, Slim Thug, Scarface and Lil KeKe trade verses over the Hit Boy and Timbaland-produced track.
[Listen to the remix here]
Beyoncé, with her voiced screwed (lower registered and slowed), confesses that she used to sneak listens to UGK and was in a Willie D video when she was fourteen “looking crazy,” she says.
The remix picks up on the second half of the song (“I Been On”) and drops the “bow down b******” lyrics that offended some of her fans and critics.
Eve, who plans to drop her first album in 11 years, Lip Lock, applauds Beyonce’s artistic expression.
“Let artists make the music they feel like making,” she said. “We all know who she is…She’s having fun. Why not?”