to be or not to be... NAAAATT 28 SCORE: 8.875 TOTAL POINTS: 266.25 2016: 28/113 (--) | 8.32 (+0.555) HIGHEST SCORE: 11 x 1 ( @Dijah. ) | 10 x 11 ( @boombazookajoe, @Ana Raquel, @Phonetics Girl, @odyism, @Maria, @soratami, @Crisp X, @sesita, @TheOnlyOne, @klow, @TéléDex ) LOWEST SCORE: 5 x 1 ( @Aester ) MY SCORE: 8/10 A certified banger, Freakum Dress is truly a gem in Beyoncé’s discography. So much so that Billboard ranked it at No.1 on its '100 Best Deep Cuts by 21st Century Pop Stars' list… not every deep cut has that. Co-written with Rich Harrison and Makeba Riddick, Freakum Dress follows the narrative set by Ring The Alarm and Kitty Kat about a man not giving a woman the proper attention she deserves, so in this case, she can pull out that 'freakum dress' and remind him of what he’s missing. It’s a fun concept for a song, and was supposedly inspired by a Martin Laurence stand up bit where he talked about women being pissed off with their men so they put on a 'f*ckum dress' to make them jealous. At the time, it was hard to believe that Beyoncé would have to do anything else but be Beyoncé to have her man’s attention. The theme of women’s rage is real and runs through B’Day’s core, disguised in all these humongous bops. From the start to finish, Freakum Dress is quintessential B’Day Beyoncé. It’s amusing, rambunctious and Beyoncé operating at HIGH CAMP levels. The crescendo pre-choruses amp up the song building up to an explosion by the time we get to the middle 8. Firing on all cylinders throughout, it’s fair to say Beyoncé gets the message across. I can't believe this was Beyoncé at just 25!! @Dijah. The best bridge ever recorded. Who else could serve the absolute rush of “WHEN YOU PUT IT ON IT’S AN INVITATION! WHEN THEY PLAY YO SONG GET ON UP AND SHAKE IT! WORK IT OUT YA BACK YOU DON’T HAVE TO WASTE IT! SPIN IT ALL AROUND AND TAKE IT TO THE GROUND AND—” like this? I’ll wait. Directed by Ray Kay, the Freakum Dress video is where we finally find out what a freakum dress looks like in Beyoncé’s eyes and apparently they have to be metallic. Beyoncé switches dresses in a blink of an eye throughout the video while nailing the choreo, which must have been hell to shoot over and over and over. The video ends with Beyoncé putting on a pair of glasses and reciting the outro like it’s a news conference to all her fellow women. Freakum Dress was first performed on The Beyoncé Experience Tour, and like with most performances on that tour, I get out of breath just watching it. Now I don’t think Freakum Dress has ever been performed completely live, but it’s understandable as the choreography is intense! Freakum Dress was then showcased at the 4 era’s Revel show, the 2013 version of The Mrs Carter World Tour and then was relegated to an interlude alongside Dangerously In Love’s Hip Hop Star for The Formation World Tour.