Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It Bey-gins with The Second Letter of The Alphabet

"I walk like this cause I can back it up." - Beyonce

So what does one call a woman who walks it like she talks it?

Somewhere around '98, I watched a music video on BET featuring an upcoming female group from Houston, Texas. Although the ballad No, No, No was sultry, it didn't move me, and thus wasn't anything to write home about. At a time when multi-talented artists Lauryn Hill and R.Kelly completely owned pop charts, in my opinion, Destiny's Child needed a song that demanded attention. Weeks later, I recalled a live performance introducing a hip-hop driven remixed version of the song which featured Wyclef Jean's vocals and thought to myself the group now had the right idea. Apparently so did others, as the song bolted up charts and announced the group's arrival. Then came the coming-of-age Soul Train awards performance where the group strutted onstage to welcomed applause. Not quite "the young Supremes" as Wyclef had suggested, unless of course, he referred to the level of disparaged interest between lead singer and fellow members. Even then, few confused Beyonce Knowles as Diana Ross. Fifteen years later, who could've possibly imagined that both would one day be together in terms of worldwide velocity.

Yet there are some who, to the day, continue to front as if they don't really want it.

Sweet dream or beautiful nightmare. Not since late rapper Tupac Shakur had a recording artist drawn such conspicuously different responses on opposite ends of the spectrum. Beyonce's critics are contradicting, to the point where I've occasionally wondered if in fact it is actually Beyonce who is being referred. Opinions so polar that I once interrupted a conversation and insisted to be shown an image of Beyonce to ensure it wasn't Nicki Minaj or Lady GaGa. Simply put, I cram to understand the amount of criticism hurled at an artist so irreplaceable. There is none like Beyonce.

Usually, whenever a flamboyantly beautiful woman struts into the room, many are taken aback. I've noticed this to be particularly true involving women. It isn't necessarily the physical features that leaves others threatened, as much as the overall bold nature. Human nature teaches that any act which is considered offensive results in a defensive reaction. In this case, Beyonce is all but expected to humble herself when in reality she has little to do with another woman's insecurity. Imagine yourself in Beyonce's shoes - which in all probability you have, and consider the enormous amount of hard work it took to reach and maintain current position in the industry. At no point are good looks and ego alone expected to become the meal ticket, end of all ends. Although appealing to the eyes, striking beauty never equated to the overall talent and high-level sweat that defines the core of Beyonce's dime piece. Success wasn't given, it was thoroughly earned.

For as long as I can remember, when it comes to women, the music industry has exacted a certain image within videos. The flawless woman who possessed nothing but top-notch qualities. Beyonce personifies this image. So, work ethic aside, to witness someone like Beyonce defies logic and leads one to insist that she is fake. Cause a woman as fierce as Beyonce cannot possibly be real, can she? While it's possible to simply not prefer Beyonce, I hardly believe as much to be true in instances where so much energy is invested into the woman's every move. If only I had a dime for every time somebody claimed utter disdain, then proceeded to offer opinion upon every last one of her songs and videos. Furthermore, and to add perspective, the majority of women hurling criticism towards Beyonce's excessive pussy-popping stage performances are the same women in favor of Roe v. Wade, which allowed women the right to do as they preferred with their bodies. Enchanting, or so I've heard.

Truth is - Beyonce is "your girl." She paid dues, made the right moves all across the board and continues to hold it down, despite unfounded resistance. Sure, there are other beautiful and talented and hard-working female recording artists such as Adele, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, to name a few. But none as beautiful and talented and hard-working as Beyonce. If Diana Ross is The Boss, then Beyonce is The Boss of All Bosses. The Upgrade. Your favorite female artist's favorite female artist. King B.

Again, what does one call a woman who walks it like she talks it?

A bad bitch, period.