In comparison to Beyoncé’s earth-shattering Lemonade fall in 2016, her seventh studio album, Renaissance, is tame in the pot-stirring department. (Which is not to say it’s tame in any other areas—only that there is no Becky with the great hair this go-round.) But the next music on the Renaissance tracklist, the rhythmic bop “Cozy,” does feature a verse that made followers increase their eyebrows.
In the remaining line of the pre-refrain, Beyoncé sing-speaks the text, “Might I suggest you do not fuck with my sis,” just before the audio temporarily drops out. Hypothetically, the “sis” in concern could be any shut good friend of Queen Bey’s, but it would seem a lot more probably she’s referencing her biological sister, the singer-songwriter Solange. As for “don’t fuck with,” effectively, might I place you in the route of an incident after the 2014 Met Gala?
’Twas an everyday white-tie evening until finally TMZ unveiled leaked surveillance footage from an elevator at an following-celebration, in which Solange could be observed with Beyoncé and Jay-Z. In the elevator, Solange screamed, swung and kicked at her brother-in-legislation, prompting lots of to speculate his martial infidelity had triggered the outrage. His spouse all but verified this a couple a long time later on, each in several music from Lemonade and on the “Flawless” remix, in which she dropped the line, “Of program at times shit go down when there is a billion pounds on an elevator.”
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Soon after the Met Gala incident, Beyoncé, Jay, and Solange released a joint statement, which examine: “As a result of the public release of the elevator safety footage from Monday, May well 5th, there has been a fantastic offer of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most essential matter is that our household has worked by way of it. Jay and Solange each presume their share of responsibility for what has happened. They equally admit their position in this private issue that has played out in the general public. They each have apologized to each and every other and we have moved forward as a united loved ones. The stories of Solange currently being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior in the course of that night are basically untrue. At the end of the working day family members have challenges and we’re no distinctive. We enjoy every single other and above all we are household. We’ve put this driving us and hope anyone else will do the same.”
Although there’s no mention of elevators in “Cozy,” it appears to be not likely Beyoncé wouldn’t take into consideration how “don’t fuck with my sis” may possibly arrive throughout to her viewers, for whom the 2014 incident remains seared in their brains. But not almost everything the Bey hive assumes has verified appropriate in the previous. “Cozy” could just be a easy directive: Really don’t mess with the Queen when she’s putting on her crown.
Beyond the Solange shout-out, “Cozy” also feedback on more substantial themes, like Beyoncé celebrating her identification as a Black female (“Comfortable in my pores and skin / Cozy with who I am”) and, as some supporters have pointed out, having to pay homage to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood by referencing the progress pleasure flag. Examine the comprehensive lyrics to “Cozy” under.
This a reminder
Damn, I like the burning of the dagger
From the phrases that you say (Fuck, yeah)
Dancin’ in the mirror, kiss my scars
Simply because I adore what they created (Ooh, yeah)
She’s a god (Ah-ooh), she’s a hero (Ah-ooh)
She survived (Ah-ooh) all she been through (Ah-ooh, ooh)
Confident (Ah-ooh), damn, she lethal (Ah-ooh, ooh)
Could I suggest you do not fuck with my sis (Ooh)
‘Cause she cozy
At ease in my pores and skin
Cozy with who I am
Cozy in my skin
Cozy in my skin
Feet up previously mentioned your sins
I really like myself, goddamn
I appreciate me
They dislike me
‘Cause they want me
(I’m darkish brown, dark skin, mild skin, bеige)
(Fluorescent bеige, bitch, I am Black)
Been down, been up, been broke, broke down, bounced again
Been off, been on, been back, what you know about that?
Been the light-weight, been dim, been the truth, been that King Bey electricity
I been thick, been good, still a 10, still here, that’s all me
Black like really like far too deep
Dance to the soles of my toes
Inexperienced eyes envy me
Paint the environment pussy pink
Blue like the soul I crowned
Purple drank and couture robes
Gold fangs a shade God produced
Blue, black, white, and brown
Paint the town red like cinnamon
Yellow diamonds, limoncello glisterin’
Rainbow gelato in the streets
Renaissance, yachtin’ in Capri
Lauren Puckett-Pope is an affiliate editor at ELLE, where by she covers news and society.