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Why did Beyoncé namedrop this Alabama city on her new album?

Beyoncé is probably one of the top five famous people on the planet.

But despite her fame, she is no stranger to our Yellowhammer State.

In her new song released just this week to YouTube, “Ameriican Requiem?, Beyoncé mentions her familiarity with Gadsden, Ala., in a lyric.

“Looka there, looka in my hand
The grandbaby of a moonshine man
Gadsden, Alabama
Got folk down in Galveston, rooted in Louisiana

Used to say I spoke, “Too country”
And the rejection came, said “I wasn’t country ‘nough”
Said I wouldn’t saddle up, but
If that ain’t country, tell me what is?
Plant my bare feet on solid ground for years
They don’t, don’t know how hard I had to fight for this

When I sang my song,” she says in her second verse of the song.

Despite being released less than 24 hours ago, the song on YouTube is already approaching 300,000 views and no doubt will cross the million threshold over the weekend.

Her tweet confirming the new album “Cowboy Carter” has been viewed more than 23 million times already as well.

With 319 million followers on Instagram and 15.3 million on Twitter, Beyoncé is one of the 10 most-followed people on the planet. Now, everyone who hears her new song will hear about Gadsden, Ala., as well.

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP

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