Stop whatever you're doing: two Beyoncé songs have hit the Internet.
Tonight, the long-awaited new tracks leaked before their official release on the platinum edition of 2013's surprise self-titled fifth album. Not only was the surprise release a feat of monumental proportions, but Bey embraced her hip-hop side more than ever on the record, even ditching her signature diva vocals to do some rapping. That trend continues for the first of the new tracks— "7/11" which is basically a straight-up rap song.
While she does stray into her singing voice from time to time, the track is nearly all beats and bragging—it's just a few steps further than the direction she was already going for songs like "Drunk In Love," "Partition" and "Flawless." Although it was previously reported incorrectly that "7/11" was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, it is actually a collaborative effort between Bobby Johnson, Detail, and Beyonce herself. No wonder the track is a veering, experimental club anthem more reminiscent of the initial version of "Flawless"—"Bow Down / I Been On."
Listen to the "7/11" snippet here.
The second track, "Ring Off" is indeed the break-up song that the title suggests, and might be a response of sorts to all those divorce rumors. The song is also clearly an ode to Beyonce's own mother, Tina Knowles, who is sampled toward the end of the track. It goes through the pain and heartache of being in relationship that simply isn't working and the pressures of family, before finishing on a more positive note—putting the focus back on loving yourself. The call back to "Love On Top" is perfect because this time, it's about self-love. Maybe she's been listening to Kendrick?
The platinum edition of BEYONCE drops Monday, November 24.