You'd have to be disconnected from the entire world to have missed the release of Beyonce's anthemic "Formation" and inspired/controversial Superbowl performance. Of course, the world has subsequently fallen apart because of Beyonce's "radical" video and song.
An anti-Bey protest was planned in NYC, but the three protestors who dared show up were swarmed by the Beyhive. SNL crafted the perfect satire about the song's release, and everyone is attempting to dissect every word Beyonce utters.
But not all of the song's catchiest lines come from Beyonce's lips. The queen had some noticeable help which included a sampling from Messy Mya and New Orleans bounce diva Big Freedia who is the voice behind the sassiest verse: "I did not come to play with you hos! I came to slay, bitch! I like corn breads and collard greens, bitch. Oh yas, you besta believe it."
After the song's explosion onto the scene, Big Freedia spoke with Vulture about Beyonce's motivations, the definition of slay, and her excitement following "Formation's" release.
Big Freedia knew "Formation" was coming, but the video's release was a surprise for her, too:
"I knew it was coming out within the next two or three days. I was like oh my God when I saw it. I couldn't believe it. How I found out was my phone blew up; that's how I knew it was out."
She stands behind Beyonce and knows her intentions and message are genuine:
"I think they just thought:We're gonna do this, and we're gonna get our message across. Beyonce has a platform; what's a better way to speak on your platform than through your music? Some issues just need to be dealt with -- that we're still dealing with in the world, with police brutality and racism. I'm glad she spoke out on it."
Big Freedia defined slay for the masses:
"It's an attitude that represents that city [New Orleans] in a word. Flavor, fever, and fears."
Check out the entire interview at Vulture.
And ICYMI: Beyonce's "Formation" music video: