Having saved up my teenage coins as a grocery store clerk (I was later fired from that job), “Dangerously” was the first record I ever purchased with my own money (as I mentioned in “Birth of a Music Nerd”). I begged my mom to take me to the department store and I think she was happy to oblige me, since she didn’t have to spend her ends. Once I popped it in, she surprisingly was enjoying it and had no objections (she was the type of parent that actually cared what I listened to) until erotic songs like “Speechless” cut on: “J, this song is about sex. This is the same girl from Destiny’s Child? I wonder how her mother feels about her singing songs like this.” My parents approved of my love of Destiny’s Child; they felt they were good role models. Apparently, “Speechless” wasn’t bad enough on its own; she didn’t confiscate my CD, luckily. An advocate for chastity, I immediately loved “Yes” and even though “Me, Myself & I” was a breakup song, I took the chorus to heart as I was learning how to take the reins in my life. This may sound strange, but considering the amount of love songs on “Dangerously,” I was worried that Beyonce` had too quickly fallen in love with Jay-Z and would lose sight of herself (the later content of “Destiny Fulfilled” & “B’Day” would ease my concern). I remember not approving of her relationship with Jay-Z in the beginning. I thought “The guy that sings ‘Big Pimpin’ is dating my Bey??” That memory is so funny to me now.
Cutting edge, passionate and unexpected for Beyonce`, “Dangerously” was critically acclaimed and set the standard for her future records (a standard that, in my opinion, wasn’t revisited until “4”; see “Bey’s Wax: The Discography Analyzed”). This was unanticipated result to record label executives; Beyonce` claims label heads gave her a hard time with the content because they didn’t think it was commercial enough: “They told me I didn’t have 1 hit on my album. I guess they were kind of right; I had 5.” Those suits grossly underestimated “Dangerously’s” potential; it was only just the beginning. Since that album, there was a reunion with Destiny’s Child, 3 solo discs, 5 films, 15 Grammy Awards, 3 Golden Globe nominations, millions of albums sold worldwide, big-selling tours, 2 inaugurations (for the 1st African-American U.S. president no less), a Superbowl, a HBO documentary, a wedding (to Jay-Z) and a baby (daughter Blue Ivy), just name a few highlights. As a bee, it’s been a privilege to watch Beyonce` develop as an artist and individual. After such an amazing 10 years, I wouldn’t be mad if Beyonce` named her forthcoming album “King Bey.”
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY “DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE!!!!!”
Beyonce`, the BeyHive is soooo proud of you & all that you've done! Here's to another great or even better decade.