“I got a diamond under my thigh where you will find his ego bliss.”
Song: “space star”
The third track from “Renaissance” is when Beyoncé starts having a lovely Randy. This line in particular seems to refer to her 2009 single “Vanity,” who uses the title as a double enticement for the penis.
Interestingly enough, it also appears as a reference to Maya Angelou’s famous feminist poem “I still rose” (“Does my sexuality bother you? / Is it a surprise / That I dance as if I’ve got a diamond / At the meeting of my thighs?”).
“Hyper sound, erotic sex / On my body, boy, I got it / Hit them while he was riding / It made me move.”
Song: “kef it”
When Beyoncé throws the phrases “sexuality” and “hela thoty” on the fourth track, you know the album is going to be a wild ride.
“Criticism should be because it’s not your face / Criticism should be because it’s not your face.”
Song: “church girl”
As if that streak wasn’t disruptive enough, Beyoncé decided to repeat it twice in a row.
This might be a cheeky reference to “family feud,” Beyoncé’s 2017 collaboration with husband Jay-Z, in which he sang, “There’s no such thing as an ugly billionaire, I’m cute.”
It’s also an adaptation of the 1992 song “Where They At” by DJ Jimmy, who is credited as the writer of “Church Girl” (“It Should Be Pussy Because It’s Not Your Face”).
“A motorboat, baby, spin around / Slow motion coming out of my blouse.”
Song: Virgo’s groove
The longest song in “Renaissance” is also one of the most graphic. “Virgo’s Groove” delights in specific sexual acts such as “ship”the celebration of the physical pleasures of intimacy (or, in Beyoncé’s words, “nudity and orgasm”).
“Only a real person can tame me / Only the radio can turn me on / Oh, now you wish you were satisfied.”
In a rare moment of venom, Beyoncé appears to be referring to the betrayal detailed on her previous album.
Her refusal to tame, play, or complacency is powerfully reminiscent of both “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and “Sorry,” the third and fourth stanzas of “Lemonade”—the kissing chants addressing the cheating spouse.
“Dimples on my hip, stretch marks on boobs/Drinking water, thinking about my work/Monday, I’m exaggerating, Tuesday, on my penis.”
It’s always fun when Beyoncé goes full flex, and “Heated” is flaunting its best hits from tabloids and critics since the opening lines of “Formation” (“Y’all haray with that Illuminati mess/Paparazzi,” catches my eye, gets cocky fresh.”)
This song also contains a rude nod to growth and motherhood, mixing stretch marks with strength, just like the previous track “Cozy” (“Kiss My Scars Because I Love What They Made”).
“Get your money, your money, crazy, honey.”
Although the words “cunty” and “hunty” are commonly used in drag music, ballroom, and queer house music (“Pure/Honey” samples “Cunty” by Kevin Aviance and Moi Renee’s Miss Honey), it still sounds like a little shocking. Electric the first time I heard Beyoncé use it.
“If you make my body talk, I’ll leave you in trance / Make you walk limp, I bet this body makes you dance.”
Song: “summer renaissance”
Beyoncé closes the album with a disco song that inverts gender roles from the first line: “I want to join you and make you take my name.”
In the introductory course, Beyoncé promised to make her lover “walk with a limp” to sabotage common phrase It assumes the submissive role of the woman during sex.