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10 Thoughts About Beyoncé’s Remix of “Flawless”

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1. I found out that there was a remix to “Flawless” – one of my favorite Beyonce songs because it had me saying “I woke up like dis” for months – at exactly 5pm on Sunday, August 3, 2014. I’m guessing this was 17 hours after it dropped online. At the time of my first listening at roughly 1030pm on this same day, it had about 2.8 million listens on her Soundcloud alone. Why am I sharing all of this? Here’s why. I spend a significant amount of time on social media. How in the hell did I not know this existed for a whole 17 hours? I was awake at midnight. I was on IG. How it happen? Why it happen? I’m truly baffled by this. A woman that usually asks me about new hot shit texted me to ask my opinion because she assumed I’d heard it a million times. And I had no idea what she was talking about. I don’t know how I feel about this right now, but like your rich homie Quan, I feel some type of way. Somebody failed me.

2. Nicki Minaj’s verse on this song is terrible. Actually terrible. Like, I’ve listened to it at least 5 times (I’m listening to this song as I’m writing this as well) and her verse gets worse with each spin. With that being said, I’m sure there are people who think that Nicki’s verse is amazing. Do not trust these people. They do not like big butts so they will probably lie. They should be flogged.  And that’s okay. She does say flawless titties though. That made me happy.

3. I honestly think that this entire remix was created JUST so Queen Bey could drop the elevator line “of course sometime shit goes down when there’s a billion dollars on a (sic) elevator”. This line makes so little sense that I’m impressed by it. Apparently so was Bey since she repeated it for emphasis. I get it. It’s defiant. I can almost hear the neck-roll she clearly did while singing that line as if to say “yaaaaas bitches, recognize!” But again, it makes no sense. Then again, perhaps that’s because I’ve never been around anybody with that much money. At least not close enough to get in an elevator with them. So it’s entirely possible that Bey was giving us some extra insight into the life of rich people. Cautionary tale swag and shit. All I know is, if any of you find yourself in elevator with Oprah, be prepared to have to put them paws on her.

4. I have to apologize to some of you all. See, while listening to this remix I realize that this joint sounds a lot like my writing style. As opposed to asking the question “why?” it lives entirely in the realm of “why not?” Like, why throw in the “Spottieottiedopalicious” horns? Fuck that, why not my nigga? This song tried everything. It is all over the place. For some it will be overwhelming. For people like me, its like breathing. I totally write the way my mind works, sometimes for better or worse. Thing is, I’m flawless bitches. So fuck an apology. Eat the cookie face.

What?

Exactly.

5. “Like MJ doctor they killin’ me/Propofol, I know they hope I fall” <——- these are the opening bars of Nicki’s verse. I’m just saying. See #2

6. I absolutely love the original “Flawless” as stated above (see #1). This remix mostly made me want to listen to that. And I did. And fell in love with it again. In that sense, this remix was a total win. I even did the flawless hands. Because I did woke up like dis. Speaking of such…let me tell you all a quick story. I went out to eat last weekend with my daughter and our waitress looked like she woke up, just pulled her hair back and came straight to work. No make up, no fancyness. Just “let me go be industrious today”. And she looked bad as hell (not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good). So much so, that for a split second, I almost told her that she was “I woke up like dis” hot. But I had my child with me and it would have just felt awkward. But because of Beyonce, “I woke up like dis” has become part of my regular thought processes. I’m not sure what this means, but I’m happy about it.

7. The original “Flawless” and this remix remind me of Rihanna’s now defunct IG page and current Twitter practices. Let’s be real, Rihanna is the queen of this social media shit. She takes shots at people. She’s like the greatest troll ever, doesn’t give any fucks about it, and is having fun. Songs like this where Bey goes edgier are attempting to do just that. The point here, as always, Rihanna has won at life. Not for nothing, if I had to pick between the two to hang out with for a day, I’m picking Rihanna 100 times out of 100. I have no idea how we got here. And by here, I mean talking about hanging with Rihanna for a day.

8. Back to point #3. I think the media uses the term “addresses” way to liberally. I’ve seen countless articles where the headline states “Beyonce addresses elevator incident with Jay” or something similar. Making a throwaway non-sensical statement about an incident is not addressing it. It is saying something non-sensical about it. But I will give her credit for not letting this particular song die. Think about this: “Bow Down”, the original title for the first half of what was to become “Flawless” came out in March of 2013, 8 months before the album dropped in December. It is now August and we’re getting a remix?? That is how you stretch out the relevance of a song.

9. While attempting to figure out when the original “Bow Down” dropped I discovered that we have nearly 45 posts here tagged with “Beyonce”. That’s a lot. However if you do a search for “Beyonce” utilizing our search function it brings back 131 posts where she was mentioned. Jay-Z? 144. I don’t know what to do with this information. I’m just sharing.

10. I love you like XO. Okay lady, I love you. Byebye.

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

  • I was screaming the entire time I listened to this in the wee hours of the morning. The elevator line didn’t have to make sense, I. LOVED. IT. Nicki’s verse was great to me. She was flexing. I was flexing. I dedicated an entire body post on my blog of myself flexing because of said verse.

    “Boy you wish I was your pound cake, you know I look good ahhh fugg” – Beyonce

    That line made me want to pull out the tiniest article of clothing and highest heels I own.Love the remix! Y’all shouldn’t trust me anyway cuz I am the owner of a big butt and a smile.

    ALSO!!!!! Remy Ma also dropped a track which had me trying to gather myself as well.

    • LadyIbaka

      Hold up, hold up, we dem boyz!!!! Remy Ma is OUT of jail?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! or has she always been out of prison? Lawd. YAAAAAZ! Praise be Jehovah’s name for He is faithful to those that trust in Him aka me and her family, amen. Might have to cop a Free Remy Ma shirt

      • She was released Friday if I’m not mistaken. Link to her track is below. She went in.

        https://soundcloud.com/freeonsmash/khaled-they-dont-love-you-remy-remix-dirty-master

        • LadyIbaka

          yaaaaaaaaaaaazzz!!!!!!!!! upvote this to the nth power.

        • Welcome back Remy Ma! :)

        • she did NOT go in. That was a horrible track. Like Remy boo, if you are gonna come outta jail talking smack, at least put out something great….and this is coming from a fan of hers…..she did NOT slay.

          • To each their own :-)

          • LehcarB

            Im with you Bunni. Felt like she knew fans were impatient so she laid down something real quick and it shows. Now It wasnt terrible just didnt go as hard as i’d like. ive heard “im celibate so IDGAF!” from many a rapper now. New line please.

            • best part of the song was the damb hook “yew aint got love for ME my ninja??” Besides that I was very “meh” on it

          • Ok so, curious, what’s your definition of “going in”?

            • She just seemed angry. Twas not “going in” for me. Whats my definition of going in? Here’s some examples:
              Nicki on Kanye’s ‘Monster’
              Nicki on ‘Lookin A$$ Ninjas’
              Remy on the ‘Ante Up’ remix
              Kendrick on the ‘Bish dont Kill my Vibe’ remix AFTER he was inspired by Jay-Z jumping on the track

              “Going in” is those moments when you hear a song and go totally silent, then lose your fuckin mind lol….This was more like some angry ish Remy wrote in her journal the past 6yrs….this was Prison Yard Bars, but not “going in”

              • So Remy needed to be taking shots at certain people? Because the songs you just listed are those artists taking shots at particular people or a sector of people.

                • nawl, honestly I dont care about who takes shots at who. Its how a verse makes you FEEL. Its like WAYMENT, WHAT HAPPENED TO MY EDGES? Lol, its a visceral thing, and I expected Remy to come back with Ante Up version 3.0 lol

                  • Rachmo

                    All I read was ANTE UP! YAP THAT FOOL!

          • Agatha Guilluame

            “Used to have some flab on ’em now they put it in their butt”
            -Remy Da Truth

              • Agatha Guilluame

                There, there sugar pie. Go to bed. It’s grown folks talking.

                • *yawns* Listening to that Remy track just…zzzzzzzzz

                  http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/sleepy.gif

                  • Agatha Guilluame

                    Ante Up

                    [Remy Martin]
                    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
                    I catch you backstage, give me the keys to the Escalade
                    You think you cute hoe? Take off them Gucci shades
                    I get my dogs to do you dirty, they all seven-thirty
                    Rock a ski-mask, whether it’s June or February
                    I take your show money (OHH!) take your ‘dro money (OHH!)
                    Yo yap that fool, cause I don’t know money!
                    For my peeps that hate slow money; I put them in the industry
                    so they can come and take – all your money
                    {*brief sample of “It’s So Hard”*}
                    Wish I could bring Pun back
                    (BLAOW!) Bitch, run that!
                    {*beat returns to “Ante Up*}
                    (BLAOW!) Bitch, run that! (BLAOW!) Bitch, run that!
                    So keep actin like you don’t know where the funds at
                    And I’ma show y’all motherfuckers where the guns at

                    Looking at her Ante Up lyrics, what blew your mind at the time?

                    • *sits up in bed, pulls off headscarf*
                      Like i said upthread, its a visceral thing. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesnt get hype as allll the fuck when that song comes on. Is it a lyrical masterpiece? Hardly. But neither was DooDoo Brown, and that makes the ppl dance indeed. I stand by what I said–her track didnt inspire me to move not nan bootay cheek, or get into a random street fight. I expected her to get me hype about something but instead she inspired me to take this here nap at my desk…..

                    • Agatha Guilluame

                      I just re-read your initial thoughts and I added “in my opinion” to each sentence and now it reads less like a sovereign decree/a grand pronouncement and more like, ya know, your personal feelings on the matter. And now I guess we can remain friends. Or friend adjacent.

                      *dusts hands, walks off*

                    • Well I’m glad you spent that much time on dissecting my opinion of Remy Martin. Kudos mamacita! Someone has to give a fuck and since it wont be me, I elect you, kitten.

                      Friend adjacent? That sounds like too much commitment. We can remain, uh…. *pauses, thinks….cant think of anything suitable, gives up, goes back to sleep*

                    • Val

                      *throws glitter in the air and hopes for peace between Bunni and Agatha*

                    • *sweeps up glitter* dont waste all this good sparkle on Agatha!!

                    • Val

                      War, what’s it good for, absolutely nothin’….

                    • Agatha Guilluame

                      HOE!

                    • Andrea

                      I just had to say. LOL?!!?!!!

                    • y tu mama tambien <3

                    • Agatha Guilluame

                      A hit dog hollers. *kisses*

                    • panamajackson

                      her verse was totally good money tho. She kilt it. No pun intended.

                      I definitely walked around saying “yo yap that fool…CUZ I DONT KNOW MONEY!”

                    • miss t-lee

                      Have you actually listened to the Ante Up remix?
                      I don’t think you’d ask this question…lol

                    • Agatha Guilluame

                      Ma’am you may not know this but I grew up in Queens…and I’m 29. ‘Nuff said.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Was that a yes?

                    • Agatha Guilluame

                      *sigh*

                      Yes ma’am that was in fact a yes.

                    • miss t-lee

                      *snickering*
                      Ok.

                    • Val

                      Yay, Queens!

        • jolly

          Remy!!! I think I’m just happy there’s some nostalgia in her coming back especially amidst the void that is Nicki and Izzy! Plus, her story is just so ghetto fabulous ratchet. Almost a hood fairytale really. *shaking my head in disbelief* She’s just warming up, we ready Remy, we’ll wait lol.

          “Some say she nice but Reminisce nicer/I can feel the tension, please don’t hype her/Tell her stay in her lane before I side-swipe her/Droppin that bird shit I’d hate to windshield wipe her.”

      • lol at “we dem boyz”

    • Twas a good post.

    • Rachmo

      REEEEEMMMMMMYYYYY

    • panamajackson

      I’m really trying to understand why else – aside from just pure shenaniganery – we care that Remy is out of jail? I don’t remember her having this many fans before she stabbed ole girl. Now you’d think Tupac was back or something.

      • Spoken like someone not from NYC. I mean I guess the same can be said for Boosie. But I know EVERYONE in the Bronx was excited about this. Shyytttt, my 58yr old former coworker was like “That Remy is finally out!” lol

        • Omg, the entire state of Louisiana bout pissed itself when Boosie got out.

        • panamajackson

          I was also curious about the Boosie excitement as well.

        • Kema

          “Spoken like someone not from NYC.”

          That must be what it is. Cause I don’t understand why he not more excited. lol! I’m just wondering what she gon do now.

          • panamajackson

            I can tell you what she’s going to do now. She’s going to continue the career that wasnt that stellar before hand, except she’s 6 years older. Her and Papoose will be raps least listened to couple.

            • Kema

              I hope you’re wrong. *thinks back to all the femcees that left and came back* You’re probably not though. I think she’d do better if she was cuter.

            • *hums Alphabetical Slaughter* yew might be right PJ. But the point aint to be right….REMY HAD A GUN!! REMY IS FREE!!

            • Paradigm

              PJ let us enjoy the moment tho.. Papoose was str8 mid-2000s tho…

              “Effin’ w/ me will get you ate – like 4 times 2”

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofukYvxJu7c

      • I don’t know how large her fan base is but I do know that when she was popular her songs were well received. Conceited remains to be one of those songs that will stay in rotation for me personally. I don’t know how well she’ll translate to her fans/appeal to new ones now that she’s out but I’m interested to see if anything comes from her being back in the studio. If anything, it’d be nice to see another female MC flexing along with Nicki.

        • panamajackson

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m a hiphop fan. I’m well aware of Remy and what she brought to the proverbial table. Like I liked her okay. But when she went in it wasn’t like we lost something significant. Same thing with Boosie siince y’all brought that up as well. I’m entertained by the excitement. <—pretty sure i spelled that wrong. I'm just also baffle by it.

          • What female MC has left the game and hiphop considered her absence a loss? Heck, Missy, Eve, and Trina been out of the game and I don’t think anyone really felt like something was missing. Women in hiphop kind of just fade in and fade out. Well women from the late 90’s to now. I think there was a much more solid foundation back when Queen Latifah, Salt-n-Pepa, and MC Lyte were popular.

      • Lean Back was a decade ago…

        • I never did like that song….

          • Remy did have grown a** men like “R to the Eazy….M to the Wizz-eye”

            • Are you serious?

            • We gangstas, and gangstas dont dance, we boogie…

              *licks coco cherry mango and head nods*

            • MissB

              LOL For real!

      • Rachmo

        Her album “Something about Remy” was one of my FAVORITES! I used to play Conceited all the time!

        • miss t-lee

          Yes indeed.

        • Paradigm

          First time I heard Remy was on Big Pun 2nd album.. She bodied that “Ms. Martin” track

      • Kema

        I love love love Remy!!!!

      • miss t-lee

        You’re sounding just like the folks who didn’t know Boosie had fans when he got out.
        Gotta remember both artists had a big following, but this was before most of social media. So…

        oh and yes, I’m a Remy fan…lol

      • Guest

        *See: Lil Boosie

  • Shy Fran

    “Boy you wish I was your pound cake, you know I look good ahhh fugg” – Beyonce
    — If this is indeed a sly diss to Drake, it’s another line that makes no sense. Drake has stalked Rihanna for the longest…not Bey. The world does not revolve around you boo boo.

    • panamajackson

      Don’t tell that to the Beyhive.

    • PhlyyPhree

      I think it was in reference to that pic that was floating around a while ago with Drake and Blue and people were saying that “they sure do look similar”

      • Kema

        Haha! They did look similar but Blue look toooo much like Jay. lol!

  • Andrea

    I like the spottie horns. They make sense to me. Spottie always brings me back to the A. I was working on the school musical. I thought that theater class was gonna be an easy A. It wasn’t. It was Westside story. I just finished ironing and hemming the cuffs of all the boys pants. And we were playing the spottie as they were about to get on stage. Everybody looked at each other in costume….felt the music…..just felt the…damn..damn..damn. Flawless. I saw the respect in the eyes of all the CAU and Mohouse brothas. My hems were the ishhhhhh. Damn.

    • I am a little surprised that Panama didn’t mention the Spottieottiedopealicious horn sample. That ish goessssss!!!!

      • He did, didn’t he? Or did he add that part later?

      • Mama Day

        Sometimes I listen to the live version of Flawless on youtube just so I can hear the Spottieottiedopealicious horns. It gets me hype.

    • panamajackson

      I mean I love that song as much as anybody. It’s one of my favorite songs ever. I listen to it all the time. And you know, A town. I’m with you. I remember listening to that joint at Audrey’s when her CD store was still open. Still doesn’t fit the song to me. But hey, I’m just glad its there.

  • LadyIbaka

    This remix sucks donkey kong balls. I wish the elevator incident had happened way before the album dropped so that she could use it as original material instead. I loved the drunk in love remix feat Kanye West. Nyhoo, I know that her bank account stays flawless so my opinion and that of many other non impressed mortals doesn’t stop her waking up like di$!

  • Dara Makeda Wilson

    I screamed louder for the animaniacs ref than anything about this song.

  • Tish Harris

    I like Bey’s verse. I love when she gets “souf side of H-Town.” I like Nicki but her bars were utterly disappointing. How she used this opportunity to completely fail leaves me speechless. I’m surprised Bey allowed her verse to make the cut without sending her back to the lab.

  • Msdebbs

    Meh it was okay….the elevator line was the best part.

  • @bakaripace

    “Of course sometimes shit go down
    When it’s a billion dollars on an elevator”

    Now you know Jay wrote that.
    That don’t even sound like Beyonce.

    • panamajackson

      I don’t know, Beyonce has had bars for years. Remember, has written nearly all songs they’ve sung. lol. And yes that as sarcasm.

    • Jay was smart to let her sing it…he’d get thinkpieced to death if he spit that

    • Kema

      Yea… That does sound like Jay Z. lol!

  • Yeah…..about 30 seconds in I realized I clearly was not the intended audience. But, you know, YAAASSS and all that jazz.

    • Happy Birthday

      • Aww, thanks you guise….**sniffle**

        • Your welcome Miss Maris….are we at the call your “Miss” phase yet

    • Happy birthday my love.

    • panamajackson

      Happy Birthday!

    • serving all that birfday werk! TURN UP! :) Happy birthday, lady!

    • h.h.h.

      happy birthday…

      *sends some ‘entertainment for you*

      http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/06/22/article-0-1F05CEAE00000578-565_634x421.jpg

      • as ridiculous as this photo is, three of those guys are my faves…good choice lol. I’ll let Maris borrow Kevin for her birfday lol

        • Rachmo

          Um right I was like okay well I love this so what does that say about me?

        • WOO-HOO!

    • Happy Birthday!

    • b sweet

      Happy Birthday!!!!

    • Val

      *****Happy birthday, Maris!*****

    • afronica

      Happy Birthday, Mz. Maris.

    • LMNOP

      Happy Birthday!!!

    • BeautifullyHuman

      Happy B-Day!!!

  • Muze

    this post is why i luh you. cracked up about being on an elevator with Oprah. bwahaha.

    you were like the third person i thought to text when i heard the song but… west coast time is a killjoy.

    anyhoo. yeah… the remix makes no sense to me. i’ve listened 1.5 times and don’t think i’ll be repeating. i like the original better. i LOVE Bey’s givenofcks/attitudey songs usually. but … meh to this one.

    wondering if twitter will shut down for a day if/when they actually break up. jesus be a fence.

    • panamajackson

      They ain’t breakin’ up. I took that line to be one of those…stuff happens…we still strong cuz we ball so hard motherf*ckas wanna fine them and such.

      • speaking of, it grinds my gears when ppl says “ball so hard mf’ers wanna find me” …..no clue why that irks me, but it does. Burns my grits right up.

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