It’s a good week for rapper Fivio Foreign, who is celebrating the release of his debut album “B.I.B.L.E.” While promoting the 17-track project, the Brooklyn native revealed that he had a lot of cleaning up to do on one particular song at the request of Beyoncé.
During an appearance at Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning” with co-hosts Ebro Darden, Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez, the “City of Gods” emcee was asked about his decision to sample one of Destiny Child’s biggest hits, “Say My Name” for a Coi Leray and Queen Naija-assisted track titled “What’s My Name.”
Fivio revealed that the “Black is King” singer actually wanted him to “clean up” the song’s vulgar content before clearing the sample.
“Shoutout Destiny’s Child, appreciate that, they cleared that joint,” the 32-year-old shared. “She had to hear it. She heard it. It was a little vulgar, a little bit for her, at first. I cleaned it up, I cleaned it up, I cleaned it up a lot. It was like, ‘You can’t be talking about girls like that!’”
Fivio then thanked Sony Music CEO John Platt for his help in the process. “Afterward, Big John and them explained to me, it’s a bigger record now, and it made sense.”
The “Magic City ” rapper said one day he received a call stating that Platt wanted to talk to him. His first thought was that maybe the song wasn’t approved, telling the co-host, “I’m thinking straight bad news, I ain’t gonna lie, ’cause I had to go back. It was like, all right, you cleaned your part up, clean these other words up. Then it was like clean Coi’s part up a little bit, and I’m like damn, so it’s over?”
Fivio said when he “answered the phone, and I’m like ‘Hello?’ and he’s like ‘You’re welcome.’ I’m like what? Is it cleared? He’s like, ‘you’re welcome.’”
Social media users were cracking up over the rapper’s story, including one user who joked, “Big Bey and the B stands for BOY you BETTER bring back a clean track!” Another person quipped, “Beyoncé the classy queen we stan.” A third person wrote, “Giselle don’t play like that.”
Meanwhile, several others saw the Beyonce request as an industry lesson and boost, including one critic who wrote, “She was thinking of him and radio plays,” before adding, “ She might’ve saved his song honestly. Things like that are mainstream corrections not ‘changing up.’”
Fivio’s album, which features a slew of the biggest names in hip-hop, including Quavo, A$AP Rocky, and DJ Khaled, is out now on all streaming platforms.