Pass Or Play? Beyoncé Producer, Boots, Features Bey On New Song “Dreams”
Producer Boots, born Jordy Asher, was a relative unknown when he signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation imprint. But with writing/producing credits on Beyoncé’s latest self titled album, for songs like “Drunk In Love,” “Partition,” “SuperPower” and “Flawless,” among others, it was only a matter of time before his name got hot out here in these streets. Perhaps, with another Bey collaboration, this time on his own record, that time has come.
In a newly released song called “Dreams,” Boots, whose voice reminds me a lot of Frank Ocean’s (in the first verse), delivers a deceptively simple, almost monotone vocal, while Beyoncé harmonizes in the background. There’s a second verse where he takes it up a notch. And lastly, Beyoncé sings her own verse and gets kind of rough and gravely near the song’s conclusion. I’m a Bey fan but I won’t pretend that I’ve enjoyed everything she’s recorded…just most things. And with that being said, this song really does highlight her range.
Aside from the voices, the production will you have your head bobbing.
In an interview with Vogue, Boots explained how the two came to work together on this project:
“I love that the song has me and what I’m doing in my realm and her and what she’s doing in hers, and it’s so completely opposite but they work incredibly together,” he says. “It’s just a really cool testament to our friendship and relationship to do something like this, and as natural as it was for it to exist in the way that it’s going to exist. I feel like I’ve been given my wings to fly. It’s the greatest kind of cosign you could get, from someone who truly, truly believes in you. As gifted and as brilliant as she is, and she is, to be able to believe in me in that regard is a really special thing.”
And what makes a good thing even better is that proceeds from the sale of the song, which you can purchase for $.99, will go towards Day One, a nonprofit charity that attempts to help New York City’s youth end the cycle of dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocate and leadership development.
“Dreams” is one of sixteen songs from Boots’ mixtape WinterSpringSummerFall. He’s been releasing tracks since February. You can listen to more from the producer, including tracks from this particular mixtape here.
What do you think of the song? Are you digging it? Are you a fan of the songs Boots wrote/produced for the Beyonce album?