Kanye Drunk in Love
Erin McAuliffe | Monday, February 17, 2014
Kanye West released a remix of Beyonce’s single, “Drunk In Love,” on Valentine’s Day. The song is from Beyonce’s self-titled album and features her husband, Jay-Z, laying down some lusty lyrics.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are undoubtedly the power couple of our generation, but add Kanye West into the mix and “ain’t nobody messin’ with that clique.” The trio is the Illuminati personified. They are my dream — or should I say My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy — come true. Literally. Just last week I took a nap and dreamt that Kanye took me under his wing. Also, becoming Beyonce is obviously a recurring theme in my imagination, so this combination makes sense.
In classic Yeezus fashion, Kanye adds some raunchy references, samples his own song, and gives a shout-out to his fiancée on the track. He makes sure to emphasize Kim K’s bootay in a surprisingly endearing way, saying, “Let me remind you, you got a great future behind you.” Such inspirational words. Kanye is such a giving man, rapping pep talks to his wife over Beyonce’s beats. What more could a woman ask for?
The remix features a sample of Kanye’s own 2007 hit, “Flashing Lights.” He’s one of the few artists who can pull this off. Beyonce, of course, is another. She recently sampled her own song, “Bow Down,” in the track, “Flawless.” This is totally fine because she is “Flawless” and all we can do is “Bow Down” to her.
Another memorable — and clean — lyric that Kanye raps in “Drunk in Love” is, “put you on that bike, you bound girl.” In case anyone forgot about West’s controversial music video for “Bound 2,” he raps a line to trigger memories of the majestic green-screened, Kardashian-driven motorcycle ride. The message here is that if you’re Kanye, you can reference your own songs because you’re Kanye and you do what you want.
Beyonce also released a short teaser video to accompany the remix. It features her, clad in chaps, swinging a lasso above her head while some horses gallop around her. Since I have applied to work at various dude ranches out west this summer, I totally relate with this image and it’s most likely how I will be spending my summer — in a bikini with chaps on, lassoing horses (and men), while fulfilling my aspirations of becoming Beyonce.
Perhaps this teaser means we can expect a full video to come. Will Kanye be featured? Might Kim K make her second video appearance? (Music video, that is).
Video or no video, this song has enough star power to “Run This Town.” Just think, the mega-star wattage of Beyonce herself was enough to black out the Superdome, but if we add in Jay-Z and Kanye West? Double dang.
I don’t know if I’ve given Jay-Z enough credit in the article thus far, but his star-power can be summed up like this — over break I told my mom her gas tank was running on empty and she responded, “Running out of gas is just one of my 99 problems.” This verifies Jay-Z’s lyrics have managed to reach literally everyone.
Be sure to give this “Drunk In Love” remix a listen. The combination of Jay-Z, Beyonce and Kanye West makes for something of a holy trinity, and “Yeezus Walks” all over the track.
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