Boss

Album: Everything Is Love (2018)
Charted: 77
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • During this braggadocious banger Jay-Z and Beyonce boast about how their successful careers in the music industry has enabled them to take total of their lives. The power couple are top dogs and responsible to no one else.

    (Let me get 'em, Bey)
    Hundred million crib, three million watch, all facts
    No cap, false, nigga, you not a boss, you got a boss


    The Carters' wealth and lavish lifestyle have enabled them to be the CEOs of their own lives.
  • At one stage during his verse, Jay seems to taking aim at Kanye West. While Hova's entrepreneur skills has resulted in him running his own business empire, Yeezy works for other bosses such as Adidas and Def Jam.

    Niggas rather work for the man than to work with me
    Just so they can pretend they on my level, that s--t is irkin' to me
    Pride always goeth before the fall, almost certainly


    He might also be alluding to West leaving Tidal, Jay's streaming service, over money disputes.
  • Californian singer-songwriter Ty Dolla Sign played a role in penning the horn-tinged track along with Brooklyn born Dernst "D'Mile" Emile. D Mile has had a number of production credits on Ty Dolla Sign's Beach House series.
  • Despite the possible jab at Kanye West, Yeezy's longtime collaborator Mike Dean, also notches a production credit alongside D Mile, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
  • The song ends with Blue Ivy Carter shouting out her siblings.

    Shout-out to Rumi and Sir
    Love, Blue


    The Carter's have a history of letting their oldest daughter contribute to their music, starting with her father's tribute song, "Glory," which includes her cries and coos recorded a few days after her birth. A few years later, Beyoncé managed to get a guest performance from Blue Ivy for "Blue" and when she was five, the little girl rapped some bars at the beginning of her father's 4.44 track "Blue's Freestyle/We Family."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

A Monster Ate My Red Two: Sesame Street's Greatest Song Spoofs

A Monster Ate My Red Two: Sesame Street's Greatest Song SpoofsSong Writing

When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.

The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien Songs

The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien SongsSong Writing

The trail runs from flying saucer songs in the '50s, through Bowie, blink-182 and Katy Perry.

Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots

Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple PilotsSongwriter Interviews

Stone Temple Pilots bass player Robert DeLeo names the songs that have most connected with fans and tells the stories behind tracks from their Tiny Music album.

American Hits With Foreign Titles

American Hits With Foreign TitlesSong Writing

What are the biggest US hits with French, Spanish (not "Rico Suave"), Italian, Scottish, Greek, and Japanese titles?

Colin Hay

Colin HaySongwriter Interviews

Established as a redoubtable singer-songwriter, the Men At Work frontman explains how religion, sobriety and Jack Nicholson play into his songwriting.

History Of Rock

History Of RockSong Writing

An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.