Will Beyoncé ever take her foot off our necks?! The singer has ruled the musical conversation (and now sits atop the charts) since she announced her seventh solo album RENAISSANCE and even more so since its release. But it seems total domination isn't enough for the diva, as she still continuing, building upon the release of her "BREAK MY SOUL" remix EP by unexpectedly teaming with pop queen Madonna for "BREAK MY SOUL (The Queens Remix)."
Though the remix — which could initially only be heard by buying the single on her site but is now available on streaming — is presented as a collaboration between Beyoncé and Madonna, there aren't any new vocals from the Material Girl. Instead, the remix relies heavily of a sample of Madge's 1990 hit single "Vogue," with the track's memorable piano melody and bass line (along with distorted stabs of Madonna's vocals) serving as the musical backdrop.
This allows Bey to stretch the boundaries of her own song as she becomes a ballroom commenter, acknowledging the Black women who built the foundation she stands on and inspire her art. These include a who's who of celebrated performers, including Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, her sister Solange, Kelly Rowland, Grace Jones, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and a host of others.
She also makes sure to call out a few of the well-known houses of the ballroom scene, shouting out the House of Xtravaganza, House of Labeija, House of LaDosha, House of Mugler and others in a move that is sure to send those in the scene into a frenzy and make sure that this remix soundtracks many balls to come.
The remix itself is pretty cute, though the other mixes are surely much more fun to dance to. But who doesn't like to see someone honoring those who came before while giving a bit of fan service along the way?
Check out the latest version of "BREAK MY SOUL" when you press play.