In July of this year, Beyoncé fans were presented with Renaissance, the singer's first solo album
since 2016's Lemonade. The problem is that, according to producer Hit-Boy, the project's twelfth track, 'Thique,' began being created eight years ago.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone International's Music Now podcast, Hit-Boy, who has worked with artists such as
Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Drake, explained the process of creating the song - which is apparently much older than it sounds.
According to the producer, it all started in 2014, while he was working with Beyoncé on two unreleased
beats. One of them became the hit 'Feeling Myself', in collaboration with Nicki Minaj, and ended up
being released later that same year. The other, however, was kept in Queen B's archives until the singer remembered it some years ago.
I had to wait for beat for eight years!" stated Hit-Boy, on the podcast. "That's how the game goes sometimes. I've had a lot of ups and
downs and certain people will think, 'Where is Hit-Boy? What's he doing?' I'm waiting for jobs like
'Thique,' which haven't materialized yet. You guys don't even know how far ahead I really am... I've been saving legendary stuff, and there's a lot more."
During the podcast episode, which is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, Hit-Boy also talked
about other hits he has produced, such as 'N-- in Paris', Rihanna's 'Woo', Kendrick Lamar's 'Backseat Freestyle', and Beyoncé's own 'Bow Down'.