BEYONCE’S REGISTRY

An ongoing project dissecting the videography of Beyonce. Exploring the subtext, weirdness and wild choreography of her videos.

With the birth of Beyoncé‘s baby coming up in the near future, we’re either on the verge of a popculture hegemon rising or the antichrist walking among us, depending on how you personally interpret Mayan texts. So, before the streets run red with the blood of the non believers or we all descend upon the gates of Marcy Projects to leave frankincense and mir for her god/king spawn, let’s take a look back on Beyoncé‘s videography and retrace the road that led us here. Once a week until Beyoncé‘s kid pops into existence we’re gonna go through one of her videos in this new column called Beyoncé’s Registry.

We’re starting off with the classic “Freakum Dress” from her album B’Day. Read more…

For the second entry in Beyonce’s Registry we get into “Get Me Bodied” from Beyonce‘s second solo album B-Day. Read more…

From the last days of Destiny’s Child comes “Soldier” — a jam that celebrates wild jacked dudes, rappers that look like leprechauns and hoodrat tendencies. Read more…

This week in Beyoncé’s Registry we check out “Party” where Beyoncé lives in a trailer park and throws a wild party. From all the reports I’ve seen on trailer parks (Fox’s Cops) her decision to not wear a bra through most of this video is true to the setting. Her not being drunk, overweight and engaged in a domestic dispute is an artistic choice. Read more…

This week we look into “Upgrade You” and ponder gender roles, luxury r&b and self improvement. Read more…

In this week’s edition of Beyonce’s Registry we look into “Love On Top” and discover connections with classic 80′s boy bands, new sartorial trends and advice on dealing with ex’s. Read more…

In this week’s edition of Beyonce’s Registry we look into her hit “Single Ladies” to discuss dance as an artform and peering into the mouth of madness. Read more…