By releasing her latest and most likely greatest album all at once (and exclusively on iTunes) last week, Beyoncé spared us months of advance marketing.
But Beyoncé, it’s clear, will not go forth without some rigamarole: Yesterday, as part of a push leading up to the physical release of the album this Saturday (and presumably continuing through Christmas), she released the second installment of the “mini art feature,” “Self-Titled,” about the making of the album.
Most interestingly, she reveals how she discovered Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech, which is sampled on “***Flawless”: by “scrolling through videos about feminism on YouTube.” Beyoncé, in other words, is modest enough to admit that she educates herself on feminism like any one else who’s not in a grad program—and confident enough to claim that knowledge for her art.
The other notable bit: Beyoncé explains the clip from Star Search where her “hip hop, rappin’” group gets beat out by some hilariously awful-seeming rock band. The lesson she learned, at age 9? “You can work super hard and give everything you have, and lose. It was the best message for me.”
I’m not sure every parent would agree that little one seeing their dreams crushed makes the best message, but then again, they’re probably not raising kids with Beyoncé’s brass ones.