“If you f--- me good, I’ll take your ass to Margiela,” the original version said.
When Beyonce released the video for “Formation” a day before she was to take 2016 Super Bowl stage, the internet pretty much lost its mind.
From the incredible visuals to the iconic lyrics, there was a lot to dissect and take in. But one particular lyric rose above the rest early on.
“If you f--- me good, I’ll take your ass to Red Lobster,” Beyonce crooned in the second verse.
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Well, now we know how the lyric came to be based on a Red Bull Music Academy interview with producer Mike WiLL Made-It, who collaborated with Rae Sremmurd on the song.
Accord to Mike WiLL, Slim Jxmmi, brother to Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, came up with the Red Lobster line in its most original form during a freestyle songwriting session at Coachella:
“If you fuck me good, I’ll take your ass to Margiela,” he’d originally freestyled.
Later, when Mike WiLL gave the recording to Beyoncé, she changed Margiela to Red Lobster.
As for how the concept of the song came about, Swae Lee also came up with the song’s main lyric also during the Coachella session, Mike WiLL told the New Yorker earlier this year.
“So we’re in the middle of the desert,” he explained. “And we’re just coming up—we just freestyle, you know?—and Swae Lee said, ‘O.K., ladies, now let’s get information.’ And we put it on the VoiceNote.”
But Mike WiLL made sure to elaborate that Beyonce’s contribution is all over the song, including writing both of her verses on the song. Watch his Red Bull Music Academy interview here.