On Monday (June 20), Beyoncé released her first single in years, “Break My Soul,” off her upcoming album Rennaissance. The lively dance record features samples from Robin S.’s 1990 hit “Show Me Live” and Big Freedia’s “Explode” from 2014. The Tricky Stewart and The-Dream-produced record sounds distinctly house, with many people on social media pointing out that Bey is capitalizing off the genre’s wave, just as Drake did on his new album Honestly, Nevermind, which is filled with house aesthetics as well. The internet has been weighing in on both megastars trying out a new genre.
“Beyoncé & Drake are smart for making house music,” one person tweeted. “The world needs healing right now. There is a spiritual war happening and this will help people get through it.”
Some people assumed Drake knew Bey was going to put out a house project and dropped his first to look like he originated the idea.
“Drake said y’all gonna catch up knowing Beyoncé dropping an house album…my son really a Scorpio,” another person added.
“You can’t criticize Drake for having a House inspired album, but hype Beyonce for it lol,” someone else tweeted. “They’re both reaching into an era of black music history that hasn’t been touched in a while. Respect to both of them for trying to start a new vibe for our generation.”
Drake’s new Honeslty, Nevermind album received mixed reactions when the surprise project was released last week, with many Drizzy fans being offput by the change in style. Drake even reacted to the backlash on Instagram.
“It’s all good if you don’t get it yet. It’s all good,” Drake said in an Instagram video. “That’s what we do. We wait for you to catch up. We’re in here, though. We’re caught up already. On to the next. My goodness.”