Beyoncé Raps!

Whenever Beyoncé raps, she’s flexing. It isn’t just that verses are pure braggadocio, which they often are. The act itself is a display—a reminder that she can, that she’s great at another thing. When Jay-Z became the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he tweeted a list of all the rappers who inspired him and emphatically added, “B a rapper too!” B has been for some time now, too. But her recent remix of J Balvin and Willy William’s “Mi Gente,” surging this week to No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart, is the glorious culmination of all the rapping she’s ever done.

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