On the latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, legendary producers Rodney Jerkins and Scott Storch join Brian Hiatt to share behind-the-scenes tales of classic Beyoncé hits, from "Deja Vu" and "Baby Boy" to Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" and more. But first Mankaprr Conteh breaks down Rolling Stone's new list of The 70 Greatest Beyoncé songs.
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Listing all of Beyoncé’s greatest tracks is agreeably quite the task, and one Rolliing Stone’s Mankaprr Conteh didn’t take lightly. Which she gets into in great detail, joining Hiatt to share exactly why each song deserves its particular ranking. Well okay not all, but they do discuss the Top 10. From fan favorite “Deja Vu,” inventive “Formation,” classic “Crazy in Love,” her touchstone performance of “Sorry (Homecoming Live)," and lush key changes of “Love on Top.”
To the smooth and subtle pain of “Me Myself and I,” sexual tension of “Partition,” meticulous vulnerability of “Love Drought,” self-empowerment of “Single Ladies,” and bold R&B ballad “Dangerously in Love 2.”
Mankaprr’s stance on Beyoncé is one that most of the world can agree with. When it comes to top entertainers and artist that are still alive today, there really is no match. Confidentially calling her the “greatest living entertainer," saying, "when I think of people who can stop the world in its tracks with their artistry, it’s hard for me to think of someone who is doing that alongside of her."
Next up to boast about Bey was Rodney Jerkins’, who actually helped work on #1 ranked songs “Deja Vu.”
“I’m happy about that, that song is so musical, especially in the time that it came out, that mid-2000 season was very Hip-Hop dominated. To do something so musical with Beyoncé and for it to be number one on you guys list is really a great feeling for me.”
Rodney went on to detail the making of the track and how he still listens to the demo until today, and honestly so much more.
Scott Storch, who also had the distinct pleasure of working with Beyoncé on three of her major tracks, “Naughty Girl,” “Baby Boy” and "Me, Myself and I,” chatted it up with Hiatt. Sharing all about his experience of working with Queen B, and observing her do her thing. Which let’s be honest, is not something you want to miss.
So do yourself a favor and press play because this is one hour of you’re life you’ll be very okay to not have back, trust us.
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