If you watched Beyoncé's Homecoming documentary in its entirety, chances are you caught her version of the Maze song "Before I Let Go" playing during the credits. Upon hearing the updated version Frankie Beverly, frontman of the '80s R&B group, became an instant fan of the cover.
He recently spoke with Billboard, initially saying that he didn't even know of the cover's existence until one to two weeks before the project's release. "When they played it, that's when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away," he said. He continued by praising Queen Bey, calling her rendition "one of the high points of my life."
Beverly also spoke on the song's staying power since its release 38 years ago, saying that he was surprised that the song has maintained relevance until today. "It was a huge song at the time, and it's one of those things this band will be able to carry on forever," he said.
The iconic R&B tune "Before I Let Go" has transcended generations, being a staple in cookouts, weddings, and celebrations throughout the black community.
The hip-hop tinged cover, which features additional production from heavyweight producer Tay Keith, is looking to keep that legacy alive, as it has spawned a new challenge, as participants choreograph their own dance routine. It can be found on the surprise live album Homecoming, which was release last Wednesday, April 17.
In addition, Beyoncé's 2016 visual album Lemonade made its way to streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify in audio form (the album had previously been a TIDAL exclusive).