One thing I love about Beyoncé is the fact that she always has a message in her music.
In a video Bey posted on YouTube, she explains what her message for her “Self-Titled” album is all about. Bey says she wants people to learn how to find the beauty in imperfection. She also goes on to talk about how she discovered that sometimes no matter how hard you go as at something you love or dream of being, that sometimes you still lose, and that now the most important thing in her life is to be grow, be happy, have fun and enjoy life.
There’s a moment when things click. When I was in the studio and I was threading the songs together, and I thought of this performance which was really a defining moment in my life as a child. In my mind, we would perform on Star Search, we would win, we would get a record deal and that was my dream at the time. It’s no way in the world I would’ve ever imagine losing as a possibility. I was only nine years old at the time. Then, I didn’t realize that you could work so hard for something and still lose. It was the best message for me.
When I put Ed McMan announcing us as “the hip hop rapping Girlz Tyme” it clicked something in my mind.I feel like something about the aggression of ‘Bow Down‘ and the attitude of ‘Flawless‘—the reality is, sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose, you’re never too big to lose, you’re never too smart to lose, it happens. And it happens when it needs to happen. And you have to embrace those things.
On her message behind her latest album…
My message behind this album was finding the beauty in imperfection. I had this image of a trophy and me accepting these awards, and kinda training myself to be this champion and at the end of the day when you go through all of these things, is it worth it?
After going so hard all those years even as young as nine years old, Bey realizes now that she lost so much of her childhood traveling and being in studios practicing to become “Queen Bey,” but now none of that really matters at all to her. The one thing that’s most important is being surrounded by those who love her, her husband Jay Z and baby Blue Ivy, as well as making sure she spreads a good message to her fans.
You get this trophy, and you’re like, ‘I basically starved. I have neglected all of the people I love, I conformed to what everybody else thinks I should be. And I have this trophy. What does that mean?’ The trophy represents all of the sacrifices that I made as a kid. All of the time that I lost being on the road and in the studios as a child and I just wanna blow that shit up.
In the video before her song “Pretty Hurts,” Bey was posed a question about what her aspirations are and after thinking hard about it, she simply says to be happy.
I have a lot of awards and I have a lot of these things that are amazing and I worked my ass off. I worked harder than probably anyone I know to get those things. But nothing feels like my child saying, ‘Mommy!’ Nothing feels like when I look my husband [Jay Z] in the eyes.
Nothing feels like I’m respected, when I get on the stage and see I’m changing people’s lives. Those are the things that matter, and at this point in my life, that’s what I’m striving for. Growth. Love. Happiness. Fun. Enjoy your life, it’s short. That’s the message.
Watch the video below:
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