Beyoncé has been all over the internet lately, but that’s nothing new. Her most recent unveiling centers around the release of her Ivy Park collection, named after her daughter, Blue Ivy. In an interview centering around that release, she told Elle Magazine:
“I hope I can create art that helps people heal. Art that makes people feel proud of their struggle. Everyone experiences pain, but sometimes you need to be uncomfortable to transform. Pain is not pretty, but I wasn’t able to hold my daughter in my arms until I experienced the pain of childbirth.”
I wonder if songs such as West1ne‘s “Five” ever reach her ears. West1ne is a producer based in the Tristate Area who recently took Beyoncé’s “Party” and sampled it beautifully to create “Five,” a forward-thinking composition that takes an amazing number of moving parts and molds them into an intriguing listen.
You can listen to more of his music via SoundCloud, a streaming platform that has come under increased scrutiny by music labels and music enthusiasts alike as it seeks to find some semblance of balance between encouraging creative freedom, generating profit for itself, and avoiding legal action from record labels seeking to protect their intellectual property.
Would Beyoncé and her team even appreciate this remix for what it is, if they heard it? Or would it simply receive the standard red flag and be subsequently removed from the internet? The realist in me already has a strong idea of where this would go. Does that make it right?
In an era where streaming services are cracking down more extensively on the ability of producers to craft remixes like this, is it out of the question for productions like this – which display amazing degrees of creativity and execution – to truly be heard and appreciated on a large scale due to fear of repercussions from labels? How pervasive is profit’s control over the creative rights of millions of creative musicians in this world? Does any of this even matter?