Beyoncé released a recording entitled Bow Down / I Been On, along with a picture of herself as a child with a room full of trophies behind her.
Beyoncé, 31, posted a snippet of her new music to her website.
And the lyrics include the lines: “I know when you were little girls you dreamt of being in my world. Don’t forget it. Respect that. Bow Down b******.”
The 3 minute 34 second clip also includes: “I took my time to live my life but don’t think I’m just his little wife. Don’t get it twisted this is my sh*t.”
The music is actually sections from two different songs, Bow Down is said to have been produced by Hit-Boy and Beyoncé is said to have worked with Timbaland on I Been On.
While the braggadocios new track addresses her absence from the music industry and asserts her authority as Queen Bee of the charts, the content of the music is already causing controversy and dividing fans – and her fellow musicians.
Keyshia Cole unleashed a Twitter tirade against Beyoncé: “Can’t stand when people all self righteous when it’s convenient it makes them look good. Lmao! But can still talk s*** when convenient 2 FOH.”
After apparently receiving a backlash from Beyonce’s fans, Keyshia Cole added: “I done kept it real from the start! #RespectTHAT.”
And the R&B star was far from finished. She went on: “First <<Women need to Stick together>> now b****** better Bow. Smh. But it’s all G! Chicks stay shooting the s***. But when I speak my mind its a prob. #Well #StayMad.”
Bow Down lyrics“I know when you were little girls
You dreamt of being in my world
Don’t forget it, don’t forget it
Respect that, bow down b******
I took some time to live my life
But don’t think I’m just his little wife
Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted
This my shit, bow down b******”
“Bow down b******, bow bow down b******
Bow down b******, bow bow down b******”