6. Some participants signed non-disclosure agreements…
For the “No Angels” video, producer Ben [Solomon] worked with Beyoncé’s company to wrangle cameos from Houston rappers like Paul Wall. “It was kind of nuts. We’re prepped. Everybody’s hyped. But everybody knows you have to keep it on the low—what record we’re doing and what’s actually being done,” the video’s cinematographer Shomi Patwary told Complex. “Even I didn’t know what the heck was going on, really. The whole operation was a secret. All I know is we had to sign a [non-disclosure agreement] and not talk about it to anybody.
7. …Ty Hunter, Beyoncé’s fashion director and longtime friend, didn’t sign one.
“People knew things were going on. But the thing is, we’re such a tight-knit family,” Ty told Elle. You had to put your phone away. Beyoncé has always been this person who is super-secretive with the things that she does, as far as with her camp and her family. They’re also very secretive and very intuitive with her vision and keeping things under wraps.”
8. Working with Bey, Ty coordinated with five stylists to compile all the fashion looks, some shipped from overseas.
“I’d have it sent and pray that the pieces and the packages would be received by different hotels in other countries.”
9. Beyoncé probably would have killed someone to keep her album’s opener “Pretty Hurts.”
“It’s really difficult to find a song with such a strong message that doesn’t feel preachy,” she said. “[The songwriter] Sia is such a genius. The second I heard the song, I’m like, ‘I have to sing this song. I don’t care how hard I have to fight for the song, this is my song!’”
10. Hi haters, this is why Beyoncé released “Bow Down.”
“I woke up, I went into the studio, I had a chant in my head. It was the Beyoncé that was angry. It was the Beyoncé that felt the need to defend herself and if the song never comes out – okay, I said it! And I listened to it after I finished and I said, ‘This is hot! Imma put it out!’ Anyone who says that is disrespectful — just imagine the person that hates you. Imagine the person that doesn’t believe in you and look in the mirror and say, ‘Bow down, bitch’! I guarantee you feel gangsta!”