Beyonce turns 36 this week, which is quite remarkable given how long her name has been ubiquitous.
Artists take time to develop, and, with Beyonce, we have been lucky to witness that development first hand.
Ms. Knowles was clearly an amazing talent when she emerged with Destiny's Child, and had all the signs of a future solo act. Her early solo work (mid 2000s) work was great, but toward the end of the 2000s she really started coming into her own artistically. While Beyonce over a Swiss Beatz track circa 2006 has a guaranteed bounce, her more recent work has demonstrated the extent of her genius. Since 2013's self-titled visual album (an innovation in its own right), Beyonce has reached a level of artistic mastery - and ease of delivery - that few can achieve. Lemonade is her magnum opus (so far), combining the mediums of music, film and design to make a seminal work that will be sure to influence generations to come.
"Over time, I have learned to focus on the things I want to focus on in the time frame that I set[.] I no longer have to work based on someone else's expectations or pressure." - via Rolling Stone
Know your strengths, do the work and stay the course. The returns will accelerate.