For the BeyHive, here’s a late Christmas present from your beloved Beyoncé.
In Part III of “Self-Titled,” the short doc that the singer is doing to give fans an inside look at what it took to put her visual album together, Beyoncé shows us a side of her we don’t often get to see–Bey creating new music in the studio. The five-minute clip shows the singer working with producer Detail, as well as her husband, Jay Z, as they put together “Drunk in Love.” In it, Beyoncé talks about having more fun in the studio, instead of worrying about hits:
When I started picking the songs that I started gravitating towards, because I recorded about 80 songs, it was the songs that were more effortless for me that stuck around that I still loved just as much as I loved a year ago when I recorded them.
There was this new producer, Details, and he had this really hard beat and he had this song called “Drunk.” And I’m like, ‘That’s what I want to sing! [laughs]‘ I kind of freestyled the verse and Jay went in and he just started flowing out his verse. We just kind of had a party. And then Timbaland pulled out his keys. It was so great because it wasn’t about any ego, we weren’t trying to make a hit record we were just trying to have fun, and I think you can hear that in the record.
You also get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video as the two frolic on the beach. The video was of course just of Bey writhing around in the ocean and sand as Jay drinks D’ussé cognac in a white T-shirt and snapback. It was simple, and that’s exactly what the singer wanted:
I wanted to carry this idea of being in the moment and embracing mistakes and effortlessness in the videos. I wish every video was like “Drunk” [laughs].
In the clip, you also get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of other videos, including “No Angel,” “Yoncé” and “XO,” as the singer explains what it was like to skip all the planning she’s used to for visuals and “rebel against perfection.” Definitely a must-see for the stans–and a nightmare for the non-fans who I have a feeling will still watch it…
Is “Drunk in Love” your jam? Do you think Bey was having more fun with this album?