Minds were blown on Wednesday when Megan Thee Stallion’s remix for “Savage” dropped, featuring bars from Beyoncé. The combination of hot girl Megan and Queen Bey on the same track feels like a gift from the music gods for fans of both artists.
Between this song and the Doja Cat/Nicki Minaj “Say So” remix, people are loving and freaking out over the surprise features.
Speaking of freaking out, the mere fact that Beyoncé uttered the words “demon time” in her rap in the same line she spoke about OnlyFans is getting quite the reaction. Some of you already know what she’s referring to, but many do not.
Our aim is to break the phrase down so you know what Beyoncé is talking about when you decide to recite her verse. Our aim is also to break it down before you decide to let your 11-year-old lip sync and dance to it on TikTok without knowing the meaning. Trust us on this. So, what is demon time?
An informally formal explanation of ‘Demon Time’
There are worlds beyond your imagination online, and one of them is linked to demon time. Coined in the streets of the internet in the wake of COVID-19 shutdowns, the term is a code.
Strip clubs are among the businesses whose workers are seeking ways to make ends meet. One way strippers are doing that is by giving private performances online.
On April 10, The New York Times profiled Justin LaBoy, the man who started hosting Instagram Live sessions that feature women doing what they do for a fee. He told the outlet the idea came to him at 1:00 in the morning while livestreaming to his followers.
“I was like, man, I need a demon to call up. I said, ‘Where my demons at?’” With celebrities and tens of thousands of other Instagram users on the livestream, his virtual strip club was operating with various women dancing and stripping—without showing their faces.
Demons are the nicknames for the women working anonymously on the sessions, and the demon emoji is typically used to signify one of LaBoy’s exclusive club nights is happening. It’s late, it’s for adults only, and it’s demon time.
Some people clutched their pearls when Beyoncé said it
The reverence for both Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé is palpable as listeners continue to celebrate this remix. Not everyone was expecting Beyoncé to rap, let alone rap about things that are NSFW. For many, it’s a pleasant surprise. Others were just surprised.
She’s an adult, but some fans are in shock that Beyoncé referenced demon time and OnlyFans in the song, perhaps forgetting she also created Partition, Drunk in Love, and Rocket. If this remix and past projects are any indication, fans should expect more lyrics from her along these lines.
On the flip, Beyoncé’s words renewed interest in her shadow accounts
If there is one thing Beyoncé does, she stays abreast of online trends, whether they’re underground or mainstream. For years, there have been rumors she has secret accounts for Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram that she uses to make videos, post comments, and lurk.
With the bars she spit in the “Savage” remix, Beyoncé reignited fans’ suspicions about her mysterious accounts and whether she’s watched any of the demon time quarantine sessions.
They also wonder if she’s engaged in any other covert activities on social media. We’ll never know for sure, but people are having a good time throwing theories around.