Beyoncé – Hold Up (2016)

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One of the most star-studded tracks on the album, this reggae-trap kiss-off was mainly co-produced and co-written by Diplo, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, and Beyoncé herself. It also has writing credits from living acid trip Father John Misty, Soulja Boy (yep, for interpolating “Turn My Swag On”), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (for “containing elements,” whatever that means, of “Maps”!), Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman (for also containing elements of Andy Williams’s “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”), producer/composer Emile Haynie, singer/producer MNEK (who you likely know from Zara Larsson’s “Never Forget You”), producer Onye Anyanwu, and producer Melo-X. In what will likely be the most talked-about of the 12 videos, Beyoncé wields a baseball bat on the streets of NoLa, smashing cars, police surveillance cameras, and just generally fucking up every bitch in sight — us viewers included — all while maniacally asking: “What’s worse, looking jealous or crazy?” The entire visual draws heavily on Pipilotti Rist’s 1997 “Ever is Over All” installation. In case her driving a monster truck over a row of cars didn’t make it clear enough, this is first and foremost a tale of infidelity.

[via Niels Pedersen / Chris Pedersen]

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