Beyonce Co-Writer Reveals Real Meaning Behind 'Love Drought' From 'Lemonade'

Ingrid Burley discusses Beyonce's song "Love Drought."
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Ingrid Burley discusses Beyonce's song "Love Drought." 

In a new interview, the co-writer of Beyonce's Lemonade track "Love Drought" -- Houston rapper Ingrid Burley -- said the song is not a diss track on Jay Z, but actually a slam on her label, the star's Parkwood Entertainment. In the sit-down with Genius, Burley claims that even Beyonce wasn't aware that the song -- which features such salacious lyrics as "ten times out of nine, I know you’re lying / But nine times out of ten, I know you’re trying" -- was spurred by her frustration with the label two years ago when the 29-year-old rapper and childhood Bey neighbor was new to the game.

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"Two of the people who were running the label at the time had lied to me and told me Beyonce wasn't currently listening to any new music," she said. But then, Burley said she got to a writing camp in Los Angeles for Beyonce four days later and started listening to some music with producer Mike Dean and was told by someone on the singer's A&R team that Beyonce had made copious notes on the tracks she was interested in.

"And she starts reading these notes... and I'm like, 'you just told me that she's not listening to any music,'" Burley said. (A spokesperson for Beyonce could not be reached for comment at press time.) "I was so pissed... I was just thinking as I'm looping this beat I couldn't get out of my head the fact that they just lied to me!" she added, citing the "ten times out of nine" lyric.

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Watch Burley recite the lyrics and explain the real meaning of the song, which she said is a "metaphor about music."





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