Bey-Z? Beyonce Needs to G’head and Drop a Full Rap Album Next
JAY-Z's 4:44 is all every hip-hop head has been talking about lately. With Jay's uber-personal lyrics about failing as a husband reading as a response to Beyonce's acclaimed 2016 visual album, Lemonade. And now the power couple's daughter, Blue Ivy, is stepping up with her own set of bars.
But before we gear up for a new Yonce album, we're making the argument for Queen Bey to hop on the hip-hop wave. Beyonce's repertoire is nothing short of amazing: She released creatively progressive projects with not just one, but two, visual albums in her self-titled project and Lemonade. Since her debut with Destiny's Child, she's risen to the top as a solo artist and became the greatest entertainer of our time. With the unyielding loyalty from her fans, the BeyHive, she really the only pop star who's able to stop the internet and make everyone pay attention. And lest we forget, she reportedly gave birth to twins earlier this month--meaning she was pregnant while she closed out her dynamic Formation World Tour late last year.
But there's still one thing that Queen Bey has yet to do: drop a full rap album.
Beyonce has already shown her knack for rhyming in tracks like "Kitty Kat" and "Flawless (Remix)." She also spit a freestyle off of the top of her head in "Partition" showing her ability to bring forth double entendres with lines like "Yonce all on his mouth like liquor." Even JAY-Z admitted her prowess when he declared "B a rapper too!" among a list of the rappers who influenced him the most in a Twitter tirade two weeks ago.
As a champion for black women artists, Beyonce's rap album could include a reunion with Nicki Minaj or a long overdue collab with Missy Elliott. Rappin' Bey could uplift other rhymers like Noname, Rapsody, Nitty Scott, Little Simz, Jackie Hill Perry, Kamaiyah and Angie Rose who are also killing the hip-hop game. This move, along with her all-woman band, would send an especially powerful message--one that falls in line with Bey's feminist stance. Although, we wouldn't be mad if she created another track with her hubby or with the current rap king, Kendrick Lamar, this move could also shake up the nominees for BET Best Female Rap Artist. That particular trophy was unofficially dubbed "The Nicki Minaj Award" until they awarded it to Remy Ma this year.
The pop queen was lauded with praise when she dabbled in other genres as well including country music in "Daddy's Lessons" and hard rock in "Don't Hurt Yourself" in Lemonade. She even performed at the County Music Awards last year. Next up, the BET Cypher. As Beyonce makes a habit to break barriers and find new heights to topple, a full rap album would be the most audacious move for Queen Bey.