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The Beyaissance Is Here: Beyoncé's New Song 'Break My Soul' Is The Internet's New Anti-Hustle Anthem

Breaking the repeat button.

By Diandra Malivindi
Beyoncé is truly a renaissance woman, literally and lyrically. Unless you've made an oath to steer clear of the internet—if so, welcome back—then you've likely been made aware that the Lemonade artist is warming up her vocals to return to our ears for the first time in six years.
Her newly-announced album, Renaissance, has yet to drop, but the first single from the highly-anticipated musical offering has only just been released, and it's already certified platinum to us.
Announcing the song release, the queen of music quietly updated her Instagram and Twitter bios to read: "6. BREAK MY SOUL midnight ET". And once the clock hit 12, the "Break My Soul" was released on YouTube as an official lyric video. The track itself is already a bop—see for yourself, below—and is bound to be all over TikTok in a matter of hours.
Not only a dance hit, the song has been praised for its heavy sampling of Robin S.'s 1990 iconic song, "Show Me Love", and for its feature with American rapper, Big Freedia.
Aside from its addictive beat, the message behind the track is what fans can't get over. As The Great Resignation continues its reign and Generation Z declaring that they are against traditional employment, Bey's hit declares that the typical 9-5 is out of style.
"Now, I just fell in love, and I just quit my job/ I'm gonna find new drive, damn," the lyrics read. "They work me so damn hard/ Work by nine, then off past five/ And they work my nerves, that's why I cannot sleep at night."
In her 2014 song "Ghost", she read the room, singing about how we're all working the "9 to 5 just to stay alive". So with "Break My Soul", she's making a point of rejecting the concept entirely, recognising how society has evolved in 2022.
Between her last album, Lemonade, and her upcoming project, Beyoncé has joined forces with her husband Jay-Z for their joint album, Everything Is Love, and curated The Lion King: The Gift, a soundtrack that paired with the animated film. But that's not all, she also released Black Is King, a 2020 visual album that was directed, written, and executive produced by herself, and released the single "Be Alive", which was created for the film King Richard.
While Bey always has some cards up her sleeve, fans have begun anticipating and theorising what the new album might sound like. Some have even thought that she'll completely stray from her pop vocals, after a recent photoshoot with the music sensation has fans thinking the album will focus more on dance tracks.
In the cover story, Bey described the music of Renaissance as "music that makes you rise, that turns your mind to cultures and subcultures, to our people past and present, music that will unite so many on the dance floor, music that touches your soul". And with "Break My Soul" out, all we can say is so far, so good.
Naturally, the internet has been ready to pounce with a plethora of downright hilarious reactions and memes, from anticipating what the album's first single will sound like to their actual reactions once it was released.
Ready to join in on the Beyaissance? Below, the best memes and Twitter reactions about the first single from Beyoncé's album, Renaissance.
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