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When Beyoncé tells us how her "friends are goals", I believe her. Despite growing up in the industry and being a celebrity for a long time, Beyoncé keeps her private life under lock and key and her friends must
be goals, because you will never see or hear of them breaking her trust to make some little coins. FRIENDS
is an homage to this tight knit circle and how important it is for someone of Beyoncé's stature to maintain these friendships and get her through the tough times. That being said, she claims she, "ain't makin' no new friends", so my hopes are dashed!
was co-written with Brittany Coney and Denisia Andrews of NOVA WAV, along with Boi-1da, Jahaan Sweet, Tavoris Hollins Jr, Cash (XO), NAV and Sevn Thomas. The song is the longest on the record, coming in at 5m45s and I'm probably in the minority here, but I think it truly deserves it's runtime. Beyoncé's voice dominates the track, as she sings the majority in her gorgeous lower register before ascending to the music gods in the outro. THAT OUTRO! I got chills when I first listened to it.
Jay gets a long verse here where he shouts out to his friends. Most notably, he makes a subliminal reference to skipping Kanye West's wedding to Kim Kardashian. At the time, the media was busy talking nonsense like "Beyoncé and Kim hate each other" or "Beyoncé's jealous of Kim" etc, which is all quite ridiculous. Jay reveals, "I ain't goin' to nobody nothin' if me and my wife beefin', I don't care if the house on fire... If ya'll don't understand that, we ain't meant to be friends" (hence why the house on fire in the graphic)
, suggesting the couple were going through a dark time and the last thing they would have wanted is reality show cameras in their face at a wedding.
I say all this to say, I really like the more candid approach the couple take on Everything Is Love
. It fills in more blanks than it leaves questions. Also, FRIENDS
marks a nice change of pace from the previous songs on the album. The production and Bey's vocal delivery makes it feel close knit, like her circle.
Definitely one of the best on the album.
The song has never been performed live and has over 30m streams on Spotify.