Beyoncé's elevator explanation in "Flawless" remix is confusing
Everyone is all excited because, on Saturday night, Beyoncé posted a remix of "Flawless" featuring Nicki Minaj. The female rapper isn't the only thing Beyoncé included in the remix. She also references the elevator fight that had gossip hounds speculating for weeks. The thing is, what the hell is Beyoncé talking about?
The remix includes a new verse that addresses the legendary smackdown between Beyoncé's sister and Jay Z at the Met Gala in May. The verse that has everyone so excited goes a little something like this: "We escalate, up in this b**** like elevators/Of course, sometimes s*** goes down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator."
Um, OK. So what does that even mean? Crass references to vast net worths notwithstanding, what is Beyoncé talking about? Is the fight over money? With all the rumors swirling about Beyoncé and Jay Z's imminent breakup, maybe Solange was fighting for her sister's fair share. Or her fair share. Maybe that's it. Perhaps Solange hit Jay Z up for some green and he told her to get bent.
It could be that Beyoncé is trying to tell us that billionaires are more hostile than hundred-aires. Those of us who read The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson learned that the incident of psychopathy among wealthy CEOs is 4 percent, four times more than the rest of the population. Maybe Beyoncé is trying to give us a little insight into the mental state of her family.
Maybe Mrs. Carter just wanted to brag about how much money she has and tied in the elevator reference to get everyone yapping about her remix — which, if this is the case, is working brilliantly. But we wanted something real. Not some vague reference to money and elevators. We can google the Carters' net worth if we want to — we didn't need Beyoncé to spell it out for us. A billion dollars on an elevator? Do they really carry a billion dollars with them? They may want to beef up security if so.
Careful analyzing (yes, we're being facetious) aside, Beyoncé's added "Flawless" verse just leaves us kind of annoyed. We came out of this big buzz-worthy event the same way we went into it — not having any real clue why Beyoncé's sister decided to beat the crap out of her brother-in-law. Next time, Bey, give us something we can use.