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Success is the Best Revenge

Will you cop ‘Cowboy Carter’?

Only four more days away from the release of ‘Cowboy Carter’. Will you cop it?

We are just days away from getting new music from Beyoncé, and according to singer, success is the best revenge. When she introduced news singles from Act 2 Cowboy Carter to the world during the Super Bowl, reactions were mixed about the artist’s decision to continue Renaissance with a country album. The comments varied from supporters empowering the artist for being the first Black woman with the number one single on the Hot Country Songs chart to “She needs to just stick to R&B” and “Since when is she a country artist?”

In a recent Instagram post, Queen Bee not only announced her countdown to Cowboy Carter’s release, but also addressed the reactions, giving us the inside scoop on the five-year progression of Cowboy Carter. In the now-viral post, she opened up to us about the criticism and rejection she faced when first entering the country genre, and how, still she persevered past limitations placed on her. She hopes that “years from now, the mention of an artist’s race as it relates to releasing genres of music, will be irrelevant.” Emphasizing the importance of not placing Black people – specifically Black women – into one category, limiting our creative expression.

The harsh feedback Beyoncé received has left a lot of people in disbelief and confusion. Nineteen year-old Brooklyn Moore, who admits to being a little out of the loop with Bey’s newest music, explains that she isn’t looking forward to Cowboy Carter because she isn’t a “real fan,” so she doesn’t really keep up. “I will check it out just for personal fun. She could surprise me and it’d be a banger. Hopefully it is”. Lyric Powell, 22, who’s a huge Beyoncé stan – is beyond excited. Powell says, “If you’re looking for an unbiased opinion, I’m the wrong person. I love anything she does.” Powell also expressed her disappointment in the push-back Beyoncé is receiving as a Black female artist exploring different genres.

It’s not like genre-blending isn’t a thing. We have so many Black influential artists like Whitney Houston and Nina Simone, that have blended genres to avoid subjecting themselves to just one. However, whether it be sitting courtside in cowboy boots or performing live on stage horseback riding and screaming that she’s from Texas, Beyonce has always claimed her roots through musical expression during her entire career. Specifically, her 2016 Country Music Awards performance with the American country all-women’s band, the Dixie Chicks (currently The Chicks), where they performed her song “Daddy Lessons” – A touching country song included on her Lemonade album. This performance also angered many country fans, who expressed that Beyoncé shouldn’t have been a part of this collaboration since she’s not a country artist. But should labels or genres even matter? The answer should be no, especially since the CMA is known for featuring memorable collaborations between artists of different genres over the years, like Jennifer Hudson and Chris Stapleton’s tribute to Aretha Franklin in 2021.

In the end, like Mrs. Carter said, “This ain’t a country album. This is a ‘Beyoncé’ album.” It’s her art and however she chooses to express it is her business. If you enjoy it you do, and if you don’t that’s okay, too. If you’d like to hear more about this topic, you should check out my article on the root of country music to understand just how big of an impact Black culture has on the country genre.

 

By Journey Powell, Freshman, Spelman College

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Written by Journey

Hiii, I’m Journey. I love to model and write poetry. My favorite movie series is Harry Potter.

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