As if Beyonce's take on Maze's 1981 single, "Before I Let Go," wasn't already a fan favorite, it's now received high praise from the original artist, Frankie Beverly.
In an interview with Billboard, Beverly gushed about Bey's take on the HBCU staple, as well as their decades-long relationship. According to the Maze frontman, it all began at the Houston rodeo, where a young Beyonce met him for the first time after one of the band's shows.
"I guess she really liked Maze and the song even then, so her mother brought her to our show at the Houston Rodeo," Beverly told the publication. "This cover was just like she is. She didn't make a big deal out of doing this song, and that's just the way she works. I love the way she does her thing."
The single, an ode to lost love, was reworked by Beyonce for her live album, Homecoming. The album was a surprise release alongside her new Netflix documentary of the same name, chronicling her groundbreaking headlining performance at Coachella.
Even Beverly didn't know what Beyonce had planned.
"She kept it quiet, until her people called me one day, maybe a week or two ago," he explained "When they played it, that's when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away."
He added, "It's amazing how she works, she's very smart...this is one of the high points of my life."
The track originally peaked at number 13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, but Beverly is surprised that it's still connecting with listeners.
"I just thought it was a great little song, but I never thought it'd be all this," he told Billboard. "I feel like I have a huge smash out there. It's definitely a blessing."
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