Ultimately, the “Savage Remix” gives the euphoric feels of “Still Tippin”’ because of the musical cadence, dynamic crescendos and raw delivery. It also speaks to the beautiful evolution of hip-hop that has come from Houston. Ranging from Houston originators — Geto Boys — in songs like “My Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me” and DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click with infamous classics such as “June 27th,” to listening to Michael 5000 spinning on a Swishahouse track. Then there’s Pimp C and Bun B knockin’ doors down from Port Arthur to H-Town.
Meg Thee Stallion and Beyoncé give us the heat and the medicine we need during a time when many people feel distant, not connected and unclear about the future. If you are feeling uncertain, I want to encourage you with the story of Joseph from the Bible. In Genesis 39, the Scripture discusses Joseph moving from the king’s palace to the king’s prison. However, through the whole chapter, the Word says, “The Lord was with him,” whether Joseph was in the prison or in the palace.
We are not alone. God is with us now. Allow yourself to dive deep into who you are and feel waves of emotions without guilt or shame. We will get to the other side and will be even more resilient and more of a “Savage” because of it. Those Houston queens said so.
Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD is supporting Bread of Life Inc. in Houston (www.breadoflifeinc.org) and other COVID-19 relief efforts. To donate or reach out for assistance, go to www.beyonce.com/beygood-offers-aid-during-covid19-pandemic.
—julie m. wenah is a tech, civil rights, and entertainment lawyer by day and at nights and on the weekends. She creates content with a team that aims to heal the black community with The Album and The Mixtape, a movement committed to exploring storytelling and healing through bars. She is a hip-hop storyteller, mathematician, proud Houstonian by way of Nigeria, Obama alum, and most importantly, a Jesus lover/worshipper/glorifier.