Beyoncé's 12 most shocking lyrics you may have missed in 'Renaissance'

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"Renaissance."Carlijn Jacobs/Parkwood
  • Beyoncé released her critically acclaimed seventh album "Renaissance" last Friday.

  • Her words can easily get lost in the album's energetic production, but some lines demand attention.

  • We rounded up the 12 most risqué and noteworthy lyrics among the album's 16 tracks.

"I got diamonds beneath my thighs where his ego will find bliss."

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Beyoncé in "Ego," the 15th track on "I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe)."Beyoncé/YouTube

Song: "Alien Superstar"

The third track of "Renaissance" is when Beyoncé starts to get pretty randy. This line in particular seems to reference her own 2009 single "Ego," which uses the title as a double entendre for a penis.

Interestingly, it also seems like a reference to Maya Angelou's famous feminist poem "Still I Rise" ("Does my sexiness upset you? / Does it come as a surprise / That I dance like I've got diamonds / At the meeting of my thighs?").

"Hypersonic, sex erotic / On my body, boy, you got it / Hit them 'draulics while I ride it / Got me actin' hella thotty."

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"Cuff It" is the fourth track on "Renaissance."Mason Poole

Song: "Cuff It"

When Beyoncé casually throws out the phrases "sex erotic" and "hella thotty" on track four, you know the album will be a wild ride.

"I just entered the country with derringers / 'Cause them Karens just turned into terrorists."

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"Energy," featuring Beam, is the fifth track on "Renaissance."Mason Poole

Song: "Energy"

A derringer is a small, easy-to-conceal handgun. A "Karen" is a colloquial term for a problematic white woman, typically one who wields her white privilege to marginalize — or even terrorize — other people and communities.

"Put your lighters in the sky, get this motherfucker litty / She gon' shake that ass and them pretty tig ol' bitties."

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"Church Girl" is the seventh track on "Renaissance."Mason Poole

Song: "Church Girl"

Leave it to Beyoncé to rap a play on the phrase "big ol' titties" over a sampled gospel song by the Clark Sisters.

"Must be the cash 'cause it ain't your face / It must be the cash 'cause it ain't your face."

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé attend a 2020 event for Roc Nation.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Song: "Church Girl"

As if this line wasn't devastating enough, Beyoncé decided to repeat it twice in a row.

This might be a cheeky reference to "Family Feud," Beyoncé's 2017 collaboration with her husband Jay-Z, on which he raps, "Ain't no such thing as an ugly billionaire, I'm cute."

It's also an interpolation of the 1992 track "Where They At" by DJ Jimi, who's credited as a cowriter on "Church Girl" ("It must be the pussy 'cause it ain't your face").

"I think you're so cool / Even though I'm cooler than you."

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"Plastic On the Sofa" is the eighth track on "Renaissance."Mason Poole

Song: "Plastic On the Sofa"

In the middle of "Plastic On the Sofa," the closest thing that "Renaissance" has to a love song, Beyoncé can't help but slip in a casual dig about her partner's coolness. Long live the queen.

"Motorboat, baby, spin around / Slow-mo coming out my blouse."

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"Virgo's Groove" is the ninth track on "Renaissance."Mason Poole

Song: "Virgo's Groove"

The longest song on "Renaissance" is also one of the most graphic. "Virgo's Groove" delights in specific sexual acts like "motorboating", celebrating the physical pleasures of intimacy (or, as Beyoncé puts it, "nudity and ecstasy").

"Taste me, that fleshy part / I scream so loud, I curse the stars."

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Beyoncé was born on September 4, which makes her a Virgo.Carlijn Jacobs

Song: "Virgo's Groove"

There's no two ways about it. This lyric is filthy.

"Only a real one could tame me / Only the radio could play me / Oh, now you wish I was complacent."

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Beyoncé in "Don't Hurt Yourself," the third track on "Lemonade."Tidal

Song: "Heated"

In a rare moment of venom, Beyoncé seems to reference the betrayal detailed on her previous album.

Her refusal to be tamed, played, or complacent strongly recalls both "Don't Hurt Yourself" and "Sorry," the third and fourth tracks from "Lemonade" — blistering kiss-off anthems that address a cheating husband.

"Dimples on my hip, stretch marks on my tits / Drinking my water, minding my biz / Monday, I'm overrated, Tuesday, on my dick."

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"Heated" is the 11th track on "Renaissance."Mason Poole

Song: "Heated"

It's always a thrill when Beyoncé goes into full-on flex mode, and "Heated" boasts her best take-down of tabloids and critics since the opening lines of "Formation" ("Y'all haters corny with that Illuminati mess / Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh.")

This lyric also contains a brazen nod to growth and motherhood, conflating stretch marks with power, much like the earlier track "Cozy" ("Kiss my scars because I love what they made").

"Get your money, money, cunty, hunty."

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"Pure/Honey" is the 15th track on "Renaissance."Carlijn Jacobs

Song: "Pure/Honey"

Even though "cunty" and "hunty" are both words commonly deployed in drag, ballroom, and queer house music ("Pure/Honey" samples Kevin Aviance's "Cunty" and Moi Renee's "Miss Honey"), it's still felt like a small electric shock the first time I heard Beyoncé use them.

"If you make my body talk, I'ma leave you in a trance / Got you walking with a limp, bet this body make you dance."

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"Summer Renaissance" is the 16th and final track on "Renaissance."Mason Poole

Song: "Summer Renaissance"

Beyoncé closes the album with a disco-house track that flips gender roles from the very first line: "I wanna house you and make you take my name."

In the pre-chorus, Beyoncé promises to get her lover "walking with a limp," subverting a common phrase that assumes a woman's submissive role during sex.

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