Back Up! Beyonce’s 10 Best Unreleased And Rare Tracks
Today should be a national holiday. That’s the least we could do to acknowledge and celebrate the birth of music legend/weave pioneer Beyonce. It’s hard to believe that the heart and soul of Destiny’s Child is now 32 years old. I mean, the woman is aging in reverse and her steely grasp on the wigs of less successful contemporaries hasn’t loosen a bit despite boycotting iTunes and devoting her time to flawless Tumblr updates.
To pay tribute to Queen Bey and the breadth of her mind-boggling musical legacy, we’ve decided to look back on some of Third Ward Trill‘s best rare and unreleased tracks. While rummaging through pop leftovers of lesser divas could be a painful task, the birthday girl’s demos and bonus tracks are better than your average lead single. Need proof? Reacquaint yourself with 10 exquisite Beyonce tracks that deserved a better fate after the jump. Happy birthday, Bey!
4. “Black Culture” — I Am… Sasha Fierce unreleased track
Now this was an absolute jam. The funky Michael Jackson sample, the swag-filled lyrics (“I am black culture!”) and Beyonce’s incessant giggle makes this a well-deserved fan favorite. “Let’s hook up, gimme some of that stuff!” is one of the diva’s best refrains. This is proof that King B well and truly had the golden touch in 2008.
3. “New Shoes” – B’Day unreleased track
For an album that was reportedly recorded in two weeks, the B’Day sessions were perhaps the most fruitful (at least in terms of output quantity) in Beyonce’s career. One of my favorite unreleased tracks from the era is “New Shoes”, which is basically the flip side to “Irreplaceable” — hence why it was ultimately scrapped. Instead of telling her man to hit the road, B takes the initiative. “I leave with what I came with baby,” she croons. “I’ll take the dogs, you take the Mercedes.”
2. “Lost Yo Mind” – B’Day Deluxe Edition
If don’t have this fiery break-up anthem on your iPod, it’s time to get correct and download it today. This incredible B’Day bonus track is not only infinitely quotable and custom made for drag shows, it captures the birth of Sasha Fierce two years before she officially emerged. Beyonce shouting “you must have lost yo mind!” is everything but she keeps it real by admitting “I could shed so many tears but I won’t let you see my crying!” A classic.
1. “Back Up” – B’Day bonus track
It’s an absolute mystery how this Darkchild-produced club banger was relegated to Circuit City bonus track status. It was a standout track on release and still sounds like a hit seven years later. Beyonce sings about a man-stealing vixen, dropping memorable lyrics like “chicks throwing handcuffs ‘cause they know their man ain’t safe!” over bone-rattling beats. It should have been a single.
The rest of the list at the source.
What is your fave Bey song/album, ONTD?