When the truth came out about Beyoncé's second surprise album just being a platinum edition of Beyoncé, some hearts were crushed. However, it wasn't all bad news — we're still getting new music from Queen Bee. Though there are only two new tracks — more on that in a minute — the four-disc Platinum Edition Box Set (out Nov. 24) features remixes with Jay Z, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and more, plus 28 music videos and footage from both the Mrs. Carter World Tour and the On The Run Tour. Whoa.
But the most important part of this new edition is the addition of "7/11" and "Ring Off," the two mysterious new tracks Bey added to the album. Taking them at face value, they could just be about loving 7-11 Slurpees and taking her wedding ring off, but knowing Beyoncé, they mean much more. With some careful sleuthing, I've come up with some decodings for both tracks. Yes, both of them are probably about Jay Z, and one may reference split rumors. But, hey, this is the amazing artist who surprised the world with a new album, so she probably has some tricks up her sleeves when it comes to the lyrics, too.
- "Drunk in Love" references 7-11, which most people say is about 7-11's hours. I'm not going to put words in her mouth, so here are the lyrics: "No complaints from my body, so fluorescent under these lights/Boy, I'm drinking/Park it in my lot 7-11/I'm rubbing on it, rub-rubbing/If you scared, call that reverend."
- July 11 and 12 were the only NYC-area dates for the On the Run tour over the summer, so something could have happened there. They were in East Rutherford, NJ for those two nights.
- We can't deny that Blue Ivy may just love Slurpees, and Beyoncé just had to write a whole song about it.
- First off, thinking positively, what if this is about when her ring fell off at the Met Gala and Jay Z pretended to re-propose? That would be adorable.
- With all the Beyoncé and Jay Z split rumors, this could be addressing divorce in general, though. It could be an overarching thing, or specifically about her reportedly getting her IV tattoo removed, which she got on her ring finger as her wedding band.
- Speaking of, Jay Z's "Part II (On the Run) directly says "things ring off" and references their tattoos. Could this be her follow-up song? "Matching tats, this ink don't come off/Even if rings come off/ If things ring off."
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