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Beyoncé’s Red Lobster Lyric in Formation Was Formerly About a Famous Fashion Designer


ABC/Image Group LAOne of the most infamous lyrics from Beyoncé‘s hit single “Formation” — “I take his a** to Red Lobster” — was originally about luxury fashion designer Maison Margiela.  

Producer Mike WiLL Made-It explained to an audience during a recent Red Bull Music Academy lecture that the lyric, first co-created as a reference track by Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, was originally, “If you f*** me good, I’ll take your a** to Margiela” during a studio session.

“Beyoncé had already reached out to me to send some music and then I had sent a couple ideas,” Mike Will began.

“We’re just messing around and freestyling… Swae Lee had said, ‘OK. Now let’s get in formation,’ and I was like ‘Man, what did you say’…that might be hard for Beyoncé, bro…,” he continued. 

“He [Swae Lee] went in and he did a whole ‘nother freestyle to the beat, but he ended up laying that ‘Formation’ part and Jxmmi just went in the booth and Jxmmi said, ‘If you f*** me good, I’ll take your a** to Margiela. And he was just rapping and s***. And then I just took that reference track and just sent it to Beyoncé, along with a couple other reference tracks,” Mike added. 

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