Beyoncé’s Best Lyrics on ‘Renaissance’ — From Having ‘Sex Erotic’ to Hating on Her Birkins

Beyoncé’s new albumRenaissance” is a fast-paced soundtrack for the dance floor, filled with brilliant lyrics which can be funny, sexy, emotional and empowering — sometimes all in the same song.

There are many layers and cultural touchstones woven throughout “Renaissance,” including revisiting and expanding upon her 2013 self-titled record, which pushed the love and marriage themes of “4” forward by embracing the sexiness of being a devoted wife. While 2016’s “Lemonade” took a detour into her examination of pain due to infidelity, it’s clear that her marriage to Jay-Z is strong. After all, the album is partially dedicated to her “beautiful husband and muse,” according to her note to fans before the record dropped.

Selecting Beyoncé’s best lyrics from any project can be a difficult task — after all, it’d be easier to cut and paste all of them. But Variety has combed through several listens and identified our favorite parts from each song: The moments that made us laugh, think, rewind or pause because Beyoncé is just that damn good. Get ready for these lines to wallpaper social media posts for months to come. Share your favorites below in the comments.

From “I’m That Girl”:

Freakin’ on the weekend
I’m indecent, let it begin
I be pullin’ up in that ’92 DeVille Cadillac with them vogues, losin’ my mind

From “Cozy”:

One clever fan account discovered that Beyoncé subtly shouts out the Progress Pride flag, designed by artist Daniel Quasar in order to bring diversity and inclusivity to the pride flag. The shoutout, further detailed below, is dazzling.

Honorable mention:

Confident, damn, she lethal
Might I suggest you don’t fuck with my sis

From “Alien Superstar”:

Stilеttos kicking vintage crystal off the bar
Category: bad bitch, I’m thе bar
Alien superstar
Whip, whip

From “Cuff It”:

Hypersonic, sex erotic
On my body, boy, you got it
Hit them ‘draulics while I ride it
Got me actin’ hella thotty

From “Energy”:

I just entered the country with Derringers
‘Cause them Karens just turn them to terrorists

From “Break My Soul”:

The queens in the front and the doms in the back
Ain’t takin’ no flicks but the whole clique snapped

From “Church Girl”:

Put your lighters in the sky, get this motherfucker litty
She gon’ shake that ass and them pretty tig old bitties

From “Plastic Off the Sofa”:

The rest of the world is strange, stay in our lane
Just you and me and our family
I think you’re so cool
Even though I’m cooler than you

From “Virgo’s Groove”:

I can be the one that takes you there
And I need more nudity and ecstasy
On this magic ride

From “Move”:

Move out the way
I’m with my girls and we all need space
When the queen come through, part like the Red Sea

From “Heated”:

Before the record’s release, Beyoncé’s note to fans included, “A big thank you to my Uncle Jonny. He was my godmother and the first person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album.” Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles shared a wonderful story about the song “Heated” on her Instagram, writing, “Johnny was the closest human being in the world to me we were inseparable growing up! Later he was my nanny / housekeeper / designer / dance partner / confident and bestie. I laughed constantly with him and trusted him unconditionally! When he died a piece of me went with him. Solange and Beyonce worshiped him. He helped me raise them. And influenced their sense of style and uniqueness! He made Beyoncé’s prom dress. Last night she told me to listen closely at the end of the song ‘Heated’ and I heard for the first time her saying ‘Uncle Johnny made my dress’ and I got so teary-eyed. You see, Johnny loved house music! And introduced my kids to it early on. He is smiling from Heaven at Bey right now!” Given the meaning, “Uncle Johnny made my dress” is a clear highlight.

Honorable mention:

Make a pretty girl talk that shitty
Whiskey ’til I’m tipsy, glitter on my kitty
Cool it down, down, down, my pretty
Bad, bad bitchy make the bad bitch glitchy

From “Thique”:

That’s that Freaknik, that’s that 1996
That’s that moon Miami bass, twelve in the trunk, 808
That’s that Castro, eat that shit like Maestro’s
She say she on a diet, girl, you better not lose that ass though

From “All Up in Your Mind”:

My eyes, yeah, I really like your smile
It stops the time, yeah, I’ll stay here for a while
You give me that real good feeling that I need
Be careful what you ask for ’cause I just might comply

From “America Has a Problem”:

Your ex-dealer dope, but it ain’t crack enough
I’m supplying my man, I’m in demand soon as I land
Just know I roll with them goons in case you start acting familiar
This kind of love, big business, whole slab, I kill for

From “Pure/Honey”:

Get your money, money, c—y, hunty
Don’t be funny with my money, honey
Don’t my girls look so yummy, yummy?
All the boys want my honey from me

From “Summer Renaissance”:

A verse so sharp it already has journalists claiming the Birkin has been annihilated.

Versace, Bottega
Prada, Balenciaga
Vuitton, Dior, Givenchy
Collect your coins Beyoncé
So elegant and raunchy
This haute couture I’m flaunting
This Telfar bag imported
Birkins, them shits in storage

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