“If People Like It, Great. If They Don’t, They Don’t”: Beyoncé Finally Admits That “Bow Down” Was For The Haters

December 19, 2013  |  

Mrs. Carter has been talking in depth lately about her wildly successful visual album, Beyoncé. She’s spoken about the aggression behind her song “Bow Down,” which has turned into “Flawless” on the album, but in an iTunes radio chat where she talks about the vision behind each track, she finally kept it real about what we all knew: “Bow Down” was always for the haters. And I’m not mad at it. The singer receives plenty of shade on a daily basis and has been good about not responding to it for most of her career. However, we’re all human, and from time to time, you need to just let it out. No extra convoluted explanation trying to make something seem deeper than it is (she does that from time to time in an effort to explain some things), just the truth–Beyoncé woke up angry one morning and decided to put that anger on a track:

“The reason I put down out ‘Bow Down’ is I woke up, I went to the studio, I had a chant in my head, it was aggressive, it was angry, it wasn’t the Beyoncé that wakes up every morning. It was the Beyoncé that was angry. It was the Beyoncé that felt the need to defend herself. And if the song never comes out…ok! I said it! And listened to it after I finished, and I said ‘This is hot! I’ma put it out. I’m not going to sell it. I’m just going to put it out. If people like it, great. If they don’t, they don’t. I won’t do it everyday because that’s not who I am. But I feel strong. And anyone that says, ‘Oh, that is disrespectful,’ just imagine the person that hates you. Imagine a person that doesn’t believe in you. And look in the mirror and say ‘Bow down b***h’ and I guarantee you’ll feel gangsta! [laughs]. So listen to the song in that point of view again if you didn’t like it before [laughs].”

Definitely an interesting way to look at the song. Whatever it’s about, when “Flawless” comes on it has everyone acting a complete fool on the dance floor (including at a few holiday parties…).

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