The Problem With... Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)"


After a year away from music, Mrs. Shawn Carter is now looking to get back on the spotlight.

Tracks from the 2008 release I Am... Sasha Fierce endured for a while. With "Video Phone," she pushed the gadget industry to include video phone functionality, which the iPhone eventually did. "Single Ladies," meanwhile, gave me an opportunity to awkwardly interject, "I'm a not single lady, but good for you!!!"

Regrettably, her ballad "Halo" had nothing to do with the video game Halo. A missed opportunity, no doubt.

Now, with her latest single "Run the World (Girls)," she's offering up a female-empowerment anthem similar to others she's done since the Destiny's Child album Survivor.

The track cribs a bit of Major Lazer's "Pon de Floor" and a small slice from M.I.A's track "Boyz." This is probably because of producers Diplo and Switch's input on the song. The problem is that Mrs. Carter is a couple of years late in acquiring this sound.

Also, while the track may be mildly empowering like "Single Ladies" and "Independent Women," "Run the World" doesn't quite hit where it hopes to. For instance, in the title, the "Girls" are locked up in parentheses. What does that symbolize?

What's worse: In a few lyrics here, Beyoncé even concedes to man. It may be a verbal slip, but the line "Hope you still like me / If you hate me" sounds a bit like she's saying "pay me."
Not cool, B.

The video for "Run the World," meanwhile, follows a post-apocalyptic theme, which means that either Beyonce is ready for that predicted apocalypse this Saturday, or she took the idea from Rihanna's video for "Hard."  And, in an about-face to the female-empowerment theme, the women in the end of the video even salute -- a sign of subservience -- to the male riot police they face.

Sisters: Are you giving up your freedom to the man that easily? If I were a woman, I wouldn't take any crap from those dudes.

Huh. I don't really understand that. Maybe it's because I'm a boy. Dunno.

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7 comments
guest
guest

Everybody go to youtube.  Theres a remix of this single produced by this guy name Fyuchur.  Its Hot!! Even her fans love it

Jaimie
Jaimie

Yes it's a shit song. This review however is infinitely more crap.

just sayin'
just sayin'

I have yet to meet a black person that likes any Beyonce song. 

bobbyv
bobbyv

What that over-under that adk20 is gay...not that there's anything wrong with that. 

Adk20
Adk20

a lot of people may hate this song but her fans love it. female videos out there do not even come close to what she has done. the reason why a lot of people have not fallen for it is because it does not sound very euro pop which is what lady gaga is doing. queenB is back and if she is to release 72 songs that will be a list 4-7 years of non stop beyonce because she tend to release evey song on her album which usualy carries 20 songs each. people get used to her being a round. she is back to stay.  

bobbyv
bobbyv

Beyonce makes one shitty girl anthem after another.  Her music is AWFUL. 

Kelly6984
Kelly6984

I definitely over thought this review! 

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