Frankie Beverly Responds to Beyoncé Cover of “Before I Let Go”
It’s been a busy month for Beyoncé “Queen Bey” Knowles-Carter after multiple surprise drops. Queen Bey barely gave us time to catch our breath after the short-notice release of Netflix project Homecoming, a documentary about her iconic 2018 Coachella headline performance (rightfully nicknamed “Beychella”), along with a spontaneous album of the live performance with a whopping 40 tracks. Shortly after, the Queen finally decided to release Lemonade, her 2016 album and film, onto other streaming services outside of Tidal, including the original demo track for hit song “Sorry”.
But what’s really been making waves is Beyoncé’s fanbase, the Beyhive. Upon the release of the live Homecoming album, Beyoncé added two bonus tracks that were not seen on the Coachella stage; an extenuation of her previously-released “I Been On”, and her own personal rendition of Maze’s 1981 single, “Before I Let Go” (also heard during the credits of the documentary).
If you think the song sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably Electric-Slided once or twice to it at the family cookout.
Beyoncé officially launched the “Before I Let Go” dance challenge via herInstagram storyon Monday, and it’s unsurprising that the Beyhive immediately took to uploading homemade videos of themselves dancing to the popular 80s bop.
In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Frankie Beverly, original singer and songwriter of Maze, spoke of his admiration for Beyoncé, and that this is “one of the high points of [his] life.”
“I was hearing stuff, but I didn’t even want to approach her about it. She kept it quiet until her people called me one day maybe a week or two ago,” he told Billboard.
“When they played it, that’s when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away. It’s a blessing. It’s amazing how she works, she’s very smart. I’m caught off guard, but in a beautiful way. She’s such a sweet person too. She’s a very sweet, religious kind of person.”
To read the full interview, clickhere.
Here’s a quick snippet of the original hit: