Swae Lee Reminisces On How He Came Up w/ Beyonce’s Iconic ‘Formation’ Lyrics: It Ended Up Being One Of The Biggest Songs In The World
Did you know that Swae Lee is one of the masterminds behind Beyonce’s iconic 2016 hit “Formation?”
In a recent interview with actress Yara Shahidi for her new Facebook series Yara Shahidi’s Day Off, Swae Lee, member of Hip-Hop duo Rae Sremmurd, reflected on attributing to the birth of Beyonce’s popular tune “Formation” and how it was a life-changing moment. Swae Lee, born Khalif Brown, said:
“Formation… You know, I be on my topics. I’ll be on my turn-up stuff. I’m staying for me, like, okay, lady, let’s get in formation. Like all the ladies, you know what I’m saying?”
The 29-year-old rapper continued and shared how famed producer Mike Will Made It helped make his connection with Beyonce.
“I was working with Mike Will, we cooked that song up, ‘Freestyle.’ Jimmy got on there freestyle, we both did it. Mike Will had a session with Beyoncé. And so he played her that, and she was feeling that.”
The California native added:
“I remember the first time I met her, it was crazy. Her energy is unmatched. She just got in and did her thing, and it ended up being like one the biggest songs in the world. Whole tour.”
“Formation,” which was released on February 6, 2016, served as the lead single on Beyonce’s sixth studio album “Lemonade.” The R&B song with trap and bounce influences won the artist a Grammy and an NAACP award. In addition to Swae Lee and Mike Will, others accredited with writing the track are Beyoncé and Asheton Hogan.
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