When you think of music legends, a number of artists come to mind. From Michael Jackson to Whitney Houston, the list is filled with extremely talented individuals. However, one of the greatest entertainers to have changed the scope of music for nearly three decades is none other than Beyoncé. The ‘Irreplaceable’ singer, who originally got her start in record-breaking R&B group Destiny’s Child, has since gone on to become one of the greatest artists of all time, with her signature eras including but not limited to ‘I am Sasha Fierce’, “BEYONCÉ,” and “Lemonade.”
Since 2016, Beyoncé has shifted her focus to other ventures, including her hit athleisure clothing line, Ivy Park, and her role as Nala in Disney’s live-action remake, The Lion King. Though she’s been on hiatus from solo work, the “Drunk In Love” singer has released collaborative projects like her Everything is Love album with husband Jay-Z and the Lion King soundtrack Black is King.
However, in a 2021 interview with Harper’s Bazar, Beyoncé shook the beyhive when she teased that new solo music was officially on the way. “I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes me a year to personally sift through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare,” she said. Fast forward to July 29th and listeners can finally soak up every ounce of their highly anticipated seventh studio album, Renaissance. From the magical 16-track album we wanted to take a deeper look at their euphoric single “Summer Renaissance”.
Beyoncé shares her love for husband Jay-Z in Summer Renaissance
For the past two months, Beyoncé fans have been waiting with bated breath for the release of her new album, Renaissance. Thankfully, the short wait finally ended, leading to various tracks going viral, like their album Summer Renaissance. Sampled by the song’s namesake, Donna Summer, and her classic “I Feel Love,” the track opens with unforgettable disco synths. But Beyoncé doesn’t rely on nostalgia for too long, as the track’s production quickly shifts to an evolved ’90s house sound. “I want to accommodate you and make you take my name,” she seductively sings to her lover — who we can assume is her husband Jay-Z (per Genius).
Ever since Beyoncé’s debut single, “Crazy In Love,” the Houston native hasn’t been shy about her feelings for her husband — do we need to talk about “Partition”? “Summer Renaissance” continues to underline their love with lyrics like “You a sexy motherf**ker” and “I just wanna touch, I can feel it through these jeans”. In the track’s third verse, Beyoncé even pokes fun at being the dominant in the relationship, singing, “Sorry ’bout yesterday, now the sweet stuff.” You a sweetie pie, come let me eat ya.”
While Beyoncé usually remains the mother of her relationship with Jay-Z outside of music, she recently praised him on social media ahead of the release of “Renaissance.” “A special thank you to my beautiful husband and muse for capturing me through those late nights in the studio,” she wrote (per the Daily Mail).
Beyoncé has sampled Donna Summer in the past
Ever since the release of their seventh studio album, Renaissance, fans have been fully immersed in the disco/dancehouse project. As well as the fact that there are 16 new tracks from Queen Bey, music listeners have also expressed their excitement at the array of impressive artists sampled on the record, including Donna Summer on Summer Renaissance. A fan tweeted, “That Donna Summer On Summer Renaissance?! This is how you end an album. You did it again Beyoncé.” Another fan wrote“This Donna Summer sample came out on ‘Summer Renaissance’ and I was floating a little bit [not going to lie].”
While “Summer Renaissance” aims to bring music listeners back to the legendary artistry of summer, this isn’t the first time Beyoncé has used the disco queen in her music. For her debut album, Dangerously In Love, the popular singer sampled Summers’ track “Love To Love You Baby” for her hit single, “Naughty Girl.” In an interview with Signed Media, the disco queen praised Beyoncé as an “incredible woman”. “She’s a gifted songwriter, she’s a visionary, and I think she deserves everything she has,” she added.
The love was undoubtedly mutual for the “Lemonade” singer, who made a heartfelt statement after Summer’s death in 2012. “She was so much more than the queen of disco she was known for, she was an honest singer and gifted with flawless vocal talent,” she said (per MTV). “I’ve always been a huge fan and was honored to try one of their songs.”