Why Beyoncé Needs To Make A Country Album

Why Beyoncé Needs To Make A Country Album

"Daddy Lessons" just isn't enough.
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Call me basic, but I love Beyoncé’s "Lemonade" album. It’s exceptionally well done, including a range of intense emotions from pure outrage to reminiscent grieving of the relationship as a whole. It explores redemption, forgiveness and what it means to be human. Although today, I’ll be focusing on the track that I doubt I’ll get tired of anytime soon.

A fair warning to some of you: I adore country music. I’ve loved it since I was a kid and will continue to love it, which inspired this article. One of my favorite tracks from the "Lemonade" is “Daddy Lessons.” A surprising addition from the R&B and pop singer, she daringly crosses genres and absolutely conquers it. The point? Beyoncé finally embraced her Texas childhood with amazing results.

Slowly humming at the beginning is the sound of clapping and chatter followed by a saxophone solo. Imagine a song reminiscent of New Orleans that has gone country, if you will. It only makes sense that New Orleans and jazzy elements would be added to a country and bluegrass combo, and what’s farther south than Louisiana?

The lyrics are very familiar to the country genre with nostalgic mentions of classic vinyls, riding around on motorcycles, Second Amendment rights (particularly in the lines where the father tells the singer to shoot “when trouble comes to town / and men like [the father] come around”), and being a “tough girl” for the sake of your family. Also familiar to the genre is the mention of the father “[swearing] on the Bible,” a staple of southern morality. On the song’s portion of the visual companion album, Beyoncé can be seen riding a horse and donning a dress that reminds me of a southern belle-esque outfit. She’s seen in an archway with a man strumming an instrument with a cowboy hat. She successfully conveys the folk vibe with an ease that would make other artists jealous.

“Daddy Lessons” quickly links to the theme of the album with the lines, “My daddy warned me about men like you / He said ‘Baby girl, he’s playin’ you,’” referring to the alleged infidelity the album was inspired by and possibly Beyoncé’s father’s own cheating scandal a few years back. If I haven’t emphasized it enough, not only does the song fit in the album, but adds the influence of childhood memory and warnings long forgotten.

So how likely is it that Beyoncé could in fact, flawlessly cross-over into the country, folk and bluegrass genres for one album? Many artists have easily transitioned into different genres. Taylor Swift — whether you agree with how good or bad her new music is — has had significant success in switching genres from her early days of country admiring Tim McGraw to releasing top hits on the pop charts. Darius Rucker has had great reception after his transition from his rock days in Hootie and the Blowfish to strumming and singing about Raleigh, NC. After sampling and devouring “Daddy Lessons,” I’m confident in Beyoncé’s ability to make a bold transition— just briefly, of course — to country.

So Beyoncé, if you have time between your sold-out Formation World Tour, I’d like you to consider making a full-length country album. It’ll be worth the wait.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.

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One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

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9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

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13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

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