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Beyonce's "Break My Soul" pays homage to the roots of house music's black queer.

Jacquelyne Germain, CNN

(CNN)Beyonce is released this summer Welcomed hernational anthem with the release of her new single "Break My Soul"-and its Black Queer roots are undeniable.

Released earlier this week, this song is at the intersection of Juneteenth, Pride Month, and Black Music Month. The core house track, this song is a sampling of Robin S.'s 1993 hit "Show Me Love" and the vocals of the Black Queer Bounce Icon Big Freedia.

House music is a type of electronic dance music developed in Chicago in the early 1980s and has rapidly spread to the underground music scene in cities such as New York, Detroit and London.

This genre is becoming more and more influential in mainstream music. In 1989, Queen Latifah released the rap house song "Come Into My House". Throughout the 90's, Crystal Water's "Gypsy Woman" was a pop success, and C + C Music Factory's hip-hop and house blend created classics such as "Gonna Make You Sweat" and "Justa." Touch of love. Since the mid-00s, Grammy Award-winning producer Kaytranada has partnered with hip-hop and R&B artists. It is the soundtrack to Black Queer Nightlife as a sanctuary of liberation.

Lyrics "Beyoncé's 2016 song" Release anger / Release heart / Release work / Release tide / Release trade / Release stress / Release "Forget your love / the rest," sung by Big Freedia, also featured in the Formation, encourages listeners to relieve the stress of everyday life and instead embrace love and joy.

Tammy Carnodor, a professor of musicology at the University of Miami, said the house club provided space for young blacks and the Latin queer community to send le. It will be negative. She equated the nights at these clubs with the spiritual and unjudgmental experience of house music's intense bass, layered polyrhythms and beatdrops creating a sense of ecstasy among listeners.

"In terms of the joy of black queer, these particular spaces and house music acted as the equivalent of church and gospel music," said Carnodol. "These spaces helped individuals regain their humanity, not only from the white majority space that saw them in a particular way, but also from the black community that kept them away."

House History

House music, known for its bright tempo, repetitive 4-4 rhythms, and sampled vocals, is named after an underground gay club. It is said to have been located in Chicago, known as the Warehouse, a membership club that opened in the late 1970s.

Clubs like warehouses are safe to strange communities of color excluded from white gay clubs while facing homosexual aversion within their own racial and ethnic communities. Provided a space. DJs like Frankie Knuckles, known as "House MusicThe Godfather," were able to relax on the dance floor and embrace the community, impressed by an mostly black and Latin queer audience. Brought an experience.

Knuckles from New York to Chicago exemplify house music as a cultural dialogue between two cities. In New York City, dance clubs such as Paradise Garage and Loft preceded the warehouse, providing a safe nightlife paradise for young queer dancers to the sounds curated by DJs such as Larry Levan.

Clubs like warehouses differ from traditional nightclubs in that they are alcohol-free zones instead of serving juice and fruit. The audience was unaffected by drugs and alcohol, rather they were intoxicated with music.

House pioneer Jesse Saunders began to see more house-like clubs in the early 1980s, with young Chicagoers from the South Side and elsewhere coming to these spaces. , House music has come to fruition as a genre. Share music with the outside world. Even in an isolated city like Chicago, according to Sanders, house music clubs have been a unified space that connects people of different racial backgrounds and sexual orientations as the genre grows in popularity.

"House music is universal, a common love for freedom, wants to dance, and doesn't want to be crucified," Sanders said. "House music as a culture is one of the acceptances and creates harmony."

Erased history

In genres such as rap and hip hop Relatedly, Carnodol said house music is often omitted from conversations about black DJ culture because of homosexual aversion. House, rap and hip hop all came from Jamaican dance halls and the culture of sound systems came to America, but how rap and hip hop present an image of black masculinity that was considered acceptable. It was more palatable and respected, based on what it did.

London-based house DJ and record producer Kwame Safo is known by his stage name Funk Butcher, and house music is mostly whitewashed, often with black culture. States that it is irrelevant.

"Homosexuality in the mainstream sense is probably more of a barrier to the commercial viability of sound than any other music genre, as many of the mainstream music genres sell something. It had a big impact on the house, "Safo said. "They sell images to a mainstream audience."

Alongside "BreakMySoul," Drake's new album "Honestly, Nevermind" is also house-influenced. Is said to have received. As more mainstream artists create house tracks and enter the genre, Saunders said house is moving forward and able to have more reach.
The song'slyrics videohas been played over 7 million times in just a few days, andis number one on the iTunes Top 100 Song Chartright after its release. I did.

Safo said the success of "Break My Soul" is natural for people in the house community who are always aware of the potential of this genre. He also linked the roots of house music black queer to the importance of the genre as a form of social commentary, with Beyonce talking about burnout and toxic hustle culture during the global epidemic that afflicts everyone. It emphasizes the importance of singing.

Praised as a mass retirement hymn, "Break My Soul", which talks about the greater universality of house music by creating a comprehensive environment without oppression, has a certain degree of universality. I have.

In a big city underground gay club, a strange community of colors laid the foundation for a genre synonymous with liberation, which contemporary artists later use to spread the message of hope and patience.

"Break My Soul" is the first single ofBeyonce's next album "Renaissance", which will be released on July 29th. Kernodle states that the title of the album means play. important. She said we are not only in the Renaissance when it comes to the resurrection and mainstreaming of house music, but also in the light of the many losses throughout the pandemic to pursue a more inclusive world. rice field.

"['BreakMySoul'] is a bigger message to us about freedom, pioneering and transcendence, which is at the heart of us being black and our music." Carnodol said. "I think [Beyonce] also says that our strange brothers and sisters are also included. If we are not all free, we cannot be free."