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ALL HAIL QUEEN B: An Early Christmas Gift From Beyoncé!

Queen B has done it again!

Beyoncé has given her fans a wonderful surprise just in time for the holiday season. The COMPLETELY unexpected album was released when the clock struck midnight on Friday the 13th. The BeeHive has been buzzing with excitement ever since.  I really didn’t see this coming B. How did you pull this one past me? I thought we were Besties4Life, girl. You left me sitting here like…

Beyoncé’s last album, 4, was released back in 2011. It included chart-toping hits such as the afrocentric “Run The World (Girls),” the sassy-cool “Party” feat. Kanye West, and the song you dedicate to your boyfriend “Love On Top.” Since then Beyoncé has won numerous awards, made a documentary, toured the world, and given birth to a beautiful baby girl, Blue Ivy (featured on the song and video for “Blue”).

The album is self-titled and features 14 unheard songs and 17 unseen videos! YES, you read that right… go ahead, read it again…14 unheard songs and 17 unseen videos! The album features Drake, Frank Ocean, and husband Jay Z. It also contains creative collaborations from greats such as Timberland and Pharrell  Williams in addition to visionaries, Terry Richardson and Hype Williams.   I am going through a Beyoncé overload trying to process all of the amazing vocals and mesmerizing visuals the Queen has just bestowed on us. We are not worthy!

She gives us everything we expect from Sasha Fierce and more! She covers all of her bases with this one, giving us those “sexy, give a striptease to your man then put it on him and leave him begging for more” songs along with some “get a little ratchet in the club with all of your girlfriends… and all of ya’ll are looking like a bag of money” songs that we love so much.  Beyonce wanted to give her fans something personal, something special. “I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans,” Mrs. Carter said in a press release.

This is something different, something that no R&B diva been done before. Some of the videos have an artistic touch like “Mine” feat. Drake. Others like “Yonce” and “Drunk In Love” feat. Jay Z are just Beyoncé having fun, being sexy, and looking great. Now, you have to check out “Partition” and “Rocket” if you want to see lusty Bey looking like a smoldering sex pot. My favorite so far is “Blow,” because the song it’s self has a real disco feel. That is then combined with a music video set at a 1970’s roller disco rink, denim short-shorts,  and sexually suggestive lyrics for grown folk only. The roller skating rink is actually in Houston, Texas where the Queen was born and she skated there as a kid. Beyoncé says that she is able to see music “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

Bey and her team have been working on this project since Summer 2012. They all thought Bey was crazy when she announced that she wanted to do this. Writers and producers for this album all lived together in a house in the Hamptons (swaggy) working on each track. The videos for the album were shot as Beyoncé traveled on her Mrs. Carter World Tour featuring locations such as Brazil, Paris, the streets of Los Angeles, Coney Island New York, and a church in South America. Watch this playlist of 30 sec previews of each video.

Beyoncé is just so amazing. She is like a mystical creature of fabulousness. She’s currently wrapping up The Mrs. Carter World Tour, which has had her all across the world since April 2013. But noooo that’s not long enough for Bey, this past Tuesday she announced an additional 16 tour stops in Europe throughout February and March. Keep in mind that she is still performing sold out shows with songs from 2011 and previous years.

Hello, Rihanna? Beyoncé THE IDOL is on the phone. She said, Have a seat, my child. 

Seriously, you mean to tell me Rih gets to claim the ‘idol’ title and Bey has yet to receive hers? (Don’t get me started… that’s a whole ‘nother article) Beyoncé basically just said Hey, I’m Beyoncé. I don’t even have to promote my new album. I’m just gonna drop it and ya’ll are still going to buy it.

Yes, Bey… you’re right. I gladly handed over my $16.  Beyoncé, you have done it again. You have once again stolen our hearts with your class, sassy, and big ol’ ass. Look out for a review soon. Believe me, I will have it on repeat until I know every word. The album can be downloaded for free here.

Here’s some of the album artwork: