We Heart: Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion’s Empowering “Savage” Remix

We Heart: Beyonce and Megan Thee Stallion’s Empowering “Savage” Remix
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Beyonce gallops into the rap scene alongside the stunning Stallion!

Queen Bey has collaborated with the American rapper, singer and songwriter Megan Thee Stallion—both Houston natives—to revamp her hit single “Savage.”

The song has taken social media by storm, as TikTok-ers have choreographed a viral dance to the song’s chorus—making it an overnight internet sensation.

“Savage” is a feminist ballad that celebrates the ability of women to possess an array of quirky and powerful personality traits—solidifying the notion that a woman is not, and should not, be just one thing.

Megan raps: 

“I’m a savage, yeah 

Classy, bougie, ratchet, yeah 

Sassy, moody, nasty, huh 

Acting stupid, what’s happening?” 

The original song was released on March 6, as part of Stallion’s EP Suga. It was initially released by Stallion’s labels 1501 Certified Entertainment and 300 Entertainment.

Yet, Stallion attempted to renegotiate her contract with 1501, and was met with resistance, putting a freeze on the release of her new album. 

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Stallion explained that the terms of her contract were not adequately expressed to her, and the complicated verbiage masked certain crucial informative elements. #FreeTheeStallion began trending on Twitter after Stallion turned to Instagram Live to express her frustrations. The label made it difficult for Stallion to release new music through the frenzied freeze on Stallion’s work.

The new feature from Beyonce is a result of Stallion’s recent signing with Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation. According to Stallion, real representation and management came from her work with Roc, and she feels much more positive about her current label situation.

Beyonce raps and sings alongside Stallion as a perfect complement. While Beyonce’s riffing sounds composed and stunning, her bars are nothing to overlook. She raps: 

“Hips tik tok when I dance 

On that Demon Time, she might start an OnlyFans (OnlyFans) 

Big B and that B stands for bands 

If you wanna see some real ass, baby, here’s your chance.”

Queen Bey makes reference to TikTok, the app that significantly helped blow up the single. 

Bey also raps: “If you don’t jump to put jeans on, baby, you don’t feel my pain”—alluding to the fact that she is proud of her body and womanhood, yet knows the challenges associated with it. Those who can simply slide their jeans on don’t understand Beyonce’s struggle. 

This sexy single also has a sweet side. The remix is sending all of its proceeds to Bread of Life, a Houston-based charity helping to fund relief for the impacts of COVID-19. The charity is working closely with Beyonce’s BeyGOOD initiative. 

This single is powerful in many ways. It encourages the different aspects of womanhood and personality—reminding individuals they can be both classy and nasty.

The revamp released with Roc Nation may also be a reference to the fight with her label: Megan Thee Stallion can not be stifled, and the message of the song only furthers this idea. Stallion’s collaboration with Beyonce has created an empowering bop whose proceeds go to helping others during this trying time.

If you have time, give the remix a listen. And if you have even more time, learn the viral dance linked with the song. You won’t regret it!

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Audrey Gibbs is a junior at Sewanee: The University of the South, majoring in English with minors in Shakespeare studies and politics. She hopes to continue her education through law or journalism school. In her free time, she is a singer/songwriter and an actress.