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Girls Love Beyonce

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Girls Love Beyonce

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Author: on June 17, 2013

Of the songs released since Drake’s Take Care, “Girls Love Beyonce” most closely evokes the brooding, introspective mood of that record. Here, Drake pieces through his needs in the context of the women he dates. The title opens as a simple observation, but is quickly followed with menace: “girls love to fuck with your conscience.” That it scans as a man’s frustrated plea rather than confrontation is in part due to the woozy, sensual beat, diffusing the tension of the words, but more so due to Drake’s sensitive posturing. His confessional flow is emotive and appealing, no less to women than any male audience – the statement Girls Love Drake is decidedly equivalent at this point.

This lets him indulge in open-heart confessions (“I’ve been avoiding commitment;” “I’m scared to let somebody in on this”) before the surprising chorus, a guest male singer covering the hook of “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child. It’s eyebrow raising for how smoothly it flips gender, the feminine yearning now rendered as masculine, but also in its communication of Drake’s influences. Because while the women he wants to understand grew up singing their favorite Beyonce tunes in their bedrooms, Aubrey was lying in bed with his Walkman, finding empathy in croons not intended for him. And now he’s projecting this experience outwards, the familiar plea “say my name if no one is around you” slipping in naturally with his longing sentiments. Those 90’s R&B records shaped his taste, yet now also serve as relation to women, as the feelings never registered as exclusively feminine. The male croons that diffuse through “Girls Love Beyonce” convey this, wisps of yearning gliding over the downtempo rhythm. It’s these subtle details that make the music just as engaging as the lyrics, evoking the message with careful self-effacement.

I need someone that’ll help me think of someone besides myself,” Drake expresses in the second verse, one of many realizations made concrete after introspection. It’s of note that Drake doesn’t intend for you to relate to his confessions; Drake is interested in relating to Drake, his music functioning as public self-therapy. While that reads as self-indulgent, a claim that detractors frequently hurl against him, it doesn’t make his reflections any less honest or humanizing. That he’s curated a festival with James Blake and Frank Ocean is amazingly fitting; he’s no less a master of speculation, no less expressive of self than those two artists. “Girls Love Beyonce” is a rich, evocative teaser for his upcoming album; he ended his last with the claim that his “junior and senior will only get meaner,” so let’s hold him to his word.

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