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Exclusive: Rae Sremmurd Star Talks Writing Beyonce’s ‘Formation’

TGJ Catches Up With Swae Lee At 2016 BET Awards

As one of the world’s most monumental mega-stars, Beyonce has mastered the art of not just making music – but making “moments.”

One of her most profound was unleashed this February in the form of ‘Formation.’

An unapologetic celebration of her Blackness (and that of millions the world over), the cut and its accompanying video drew both praise and critique. More than anything, it ignited much needed conversation – which perhaps is where it’s greatest success lay. [The song would go on to enjoy a #10 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 months later when released with the singer’s sixth album ‘Lemonade’].

That Grape Juice caught up with one of the song’s primary writers – Swae Lee from duo Rae Sremmurd – at the 2016 BET Awards and quizzed him on what it was like working with the Queen Bey on the track. 

See what he had to say above and peep the award-winning video for ‘Formation’ below…

Rae Sremmurd’s new single ‘Do Yoga is out now; as is their album ‘Sremm Life 2′ arrives August 12th.

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Beyonce Tops Pollstar’s Top 20 Global Concert Tours Of 2016


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Beyonce’s ‘Formation World Tour’ is serving as the perfect vehicle for its parent album ‘Lemonade.’

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Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade Tops iTunes USA Following BET Awards Performance

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Beyonce‘s ‘Lemonade‘s run on iTunes is far from over.

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Tina Knowles Slams Beyonce Haters After BET Awards Jabs

Singer's Mother Is Not Here For The Nonsense

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As any seasoned Beyonce enthusiast knows, her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson is not one to be messed with.

The seamstress turned fashion mogul has hit back at snide remarks from her daughter’s detractors. And it all surrounds Bey’s absence from the BET Awards following her opening performance.

As widely understood, the ‘Sorry’ songstress had to catch a flight immediately following her ‘Freedom’ rendition so as to make it in time for the UK launch of her ‘Formation World Tour.’

Mama Tina explained this when accepting two of her awards. Yet, it appears a small pocket of folk are taking her to task on the specifics.

Her classy clap-back awaits after the jump…

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Damon Dash Weighs In On #Beyhive Attack of Ex-Wife Rachel Roy [Video]

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‘Lemonade’ didn’t exactly have the sweetest taste to stylist/fashion designer Rachel Roy after rumors began swirling she was the center of Beyonce‘s assertion an extramarital affair had taken place during her marriage to rap mogul Jay Z.

In fact, after a vicious Twitter attack that trickled down to her children, the 42-year-old – unaffectionately christened ‘Becky’ by Beyonce fans – took to Twitter to denounce the ‘bullying’ by stating:

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Now, two months after the story has cooled, Roy’s ex-husband Damon Dash, who is also Jay Z’s former business partner, took to Access Hollywood to give his two cents on the situation and also dish on his appearance on BET’s hot new series ‘Music Moguls.’

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Beyonce To Perform At BET Awards 2016?

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In news that is breaking as we type, there is mounting speculation that Beyonce will be taking to the stage at the 2016 BET Awards…tonight!

That Grape Juice are on the red carpet covering Urban music’s biggest calendar night and moments ago the diva’s dancers arrived in formation.

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Maxwell Compares Beyonce To Michael Jackson: ‘Her Work Ethic Is Unmatched’

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Fans of crooner Maxwell are undoubtedly marking the days off their calendar as we get closer to the release of ‘blackSUMMERSnight’ – his first album in 6 years.

Kicked off by the #1 AC hit ‘Lake By the Ocean,’ Max is making quite the splash on the promo scene as he gears up for its parent album’s release and a headlining gig at this year’s ‘Essence Festival.’

Recently taking to our friends at 106KMEL, the Grammy winning crooner gave fans a lengthy dish on his new album as well as some insight on his forthcoming tribute to idol Prince at this year’s BET Awards.  When quizzed on his thoughts on Beyonce, however, M gave quite the interesting response when he raved on his love for her – even asserting her work ethic is on an ‘MJ type level. ‘

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