When Beyoncé rocked the world once again with the drop of her visual album Lemonade, the star-studded liner notes for the extraordinary work drew attention and raised eyebrows for what we called her “thickest collaboration yet.”
Jack White was one of those names on the VIP list, and he has nothing but the highest praise for Queen B — literally. He compared her to Aretha Franklin, which is a compliment nearly as valuable as a Grammy itself.
“You know, I just talked to her and she said, ‘I wanna be in a band with you,’” he recalls to NPR’s Ray Suarez of “All Things Considered,” probably internally screaming “I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!” as anyone would at the mere thought of being approached by Beyoncé to collaborate in this manner. (No proof that that’s what White was thinking; only trying to put ourselves in his pedal-tapping shoes, here.)
“I said, ’Really? Well, I’d love to do something,’” he continued. “I’ve always loved her voice — I mean, I think she has the kind of soul singing voice of the days of Betty Davis or Aretha Franklin. She took just sort of a sketch of a lyrical outline and turned into the most bodacious, vicious, incredible song. I don’t even know what you’d classify it as — soul, rock and roll, whatever. ‘Don't Hurt Yourself’ is incredibly intense; I’m so amazed at what she did with it.”
Rock and rollers: They’re just like us when it comes to Beyoncé, in that they simply bow down.