Beyoncé "Hold Up" Lyrics and Meaning: Singer Calls Out Side Chicks in New 'Lemonade' Song

On Saturday night, Beyoncé ended the phase of so-called side chicks, the name often applied to women involved with married men, being an acceptable trend in "Hold Up," off her new album Lemonade. She enlisted the help of a number of music's most influential names, from Diplo to Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, in an effort to liberate women from toxic relationships. 

Diplo produced "Hold Up," likely one of Beyoncé's upcoming singles off Lemonade, given that it came with its own music video, is a song all about eradicating cheating affairs, even if it means losing one's mind. In the beginning of the visual component to "Hold Up," Beyoncé is seen as essentially opening the flood gates, swinging two wide doors open as a wave of water bursts out. It further becomes clear Queen Bey is about to spill all the tea after she snatches a bat from a playing little boy, and begins wreaking havoc on the streets of New Orleans. 

Read more: With 'Lemonade,' Beyoncé Has Already Secured 2016's Album of the Year

Meanwhile, the song's lyrics speak to Beyoncé's total desire to end the trend of "chick chicks" at all costs:

"Can't you see there's no other man above you?/ What a wicked way to treat the girl that loves you/ Hold up, they don't love you like I love you."
"It ain't right/ Especially coming up after midnight/ I smell your secret, and I'm not too perfect/ To ever feel this worthless, how did it come down to this?"
"Going through your call list, I don't wanna lose my pride/ But I'ma fuck me up a bitch/ Know that I kept it sexy, and know I kept it fun/ there's something that I'm missing, maybe my head for one."
"What's worse, looking jealous or crazy? (Jealous or crazy?)/ Or like being walked all over lately."
"Let's imagine for a moment that you never made a name for yourself/ Or mastered wealth, they had you labeled as a king/ never made it out the cage, still out there moving in them streets/ never had the baddest woman in the game up in your sheets/ would they be down to ride?"
"Y'all know we were made for each other/ So I find you and hold you down."

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Chris Riotta

Chris Riotta is a culture reporter at Mic, covering news, music and entertainment. He is based in New York and can be reached at criotta@mic.com

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