As Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ takes on singles from Adele (‘Hello’) and Rihanna (‘Work’) at the Grammys, more tea is being spilled about the blockbuster cut.
Earlier this week, producer Mike WiLL Made-It revealed that Swae Lee (of Rae Sremmurd) was behind the central lyric – ‘Ok ladies, now let’s get in formation’ – as the two freestyled on a car ride on the way to Coachella.
As many know, the track contains many standout lines, with the most renown being the Red Lobster rhyme.
More on how the Record of the Year candidate came to be below…
In an interview with Red Bull Music Academy, the producer says Slim Jxmmi assisted in penning the infamous rhyme.
Before the Queen polished the anthemic record, Jxmmi wrote ‘If you fxck me good, I’ll take your ass to Margiela.’ But after some tweaks by Mrs. Carter, the line transformed into an endorsement that benefited the fast food franchise.
Though ‘Formation’ was a cooperative effort, Mike affirms that Bey wrote both verses. He also elaborated on her initial release plans for the song. The latter of which preceded the idea for the ‘Lemonade’ visual album.
Check out the interview below. The making of soundbite begins at 1:32:02 (it should play automatically):