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Listen to Angel Haze Cover (and Improve?) Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Controversial 'Drunk in Love'

By Sophie Smith | /Bent January 30, 2014 at 11:12AM

Controversial? Queen Bey? Afraid so. She took us to feminist highs sampling Chimamanda Ngozi’s “We should all be feminists” in "***Flawless" then we giddily rode that cloud as she called out the myth of gender equality. But suddenly our paradise was rocked by some lyrics in her latest; Lady B and Jay Z threatened to drown our fledgling hopes like sorry little kittens.
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Controversial? Queen Bey? Afraid so. She took us to feminist highs sampling Chimamanda Ngozi’s “We should all be feminists” in "***Flawless" then we giddily rode that cloud as she called out the myth of gender equalityBut suddenly our paradise was rocked by some lyrics in her latest; Lady B and Jay Z threatened to drown our fledgling hopes like sorry little kittens. 

The offending lines run: "I'm Ike Turner, turn up/Baby know I don't play/Now eat the cake, Anna Mae" and refer to a moment of domestic abuse in the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got To Do With ItAs a great piece over at HuffPo points out, there are so many reasons why it’s not ok that these two performed these lyrics to 28.5 million people at the Grammys.  

The song has just been covered - we might say rescued - by rapper Angel Haze. Haze describes herself as "pansexual" (though I refuse to call her a ‘pansexual rapper’, as if her music is somehow governed by her sexuality) and has spoken lucidly about how restrictive sexual categories can be.  If this wasn’t fabulous enough, during her cover of “Drunk in Love” she not only flits expertly between rap and resonant vocals, but she also replaces the offending lines with her own unique spin: 

“Goodness gracious/holy smokes/you’re amazing/I’m just an open letter/you scribbling on my pages/I got birds eye for my third eye/been watching you dance for ages/been watching, wishing, waiting/and now I’m growing impatient…”

Now this is an expression of desire I can handle.

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