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Ok Ladies, Here's How Beyonce Really Got You In Formation

"I got hot sauce in my bag, swag."

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When it comes to creating chart-topping hit records and year-long anthems, no one does it quite like Beyoncé.

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In 2016, she blessed the world with "Formation" and followed that song release with an unforgettable halftime performance during Super Bowl 50.

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And now, fans finally get to discover how that single came to life with a new series from Complex's Pigeons & Planes called What Had Happened Was.

As we look back on the events with the special guests, their stories are recreated using cartoons.

The series follows today's latest and greatest influencers in hip hop as they breakdown some of their wildest industry stories. First up: super producer Mike WiLL Made-It on Beyoncé.

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So, here's how Mike Will Made-It helped create "Formation" for Bey:

It all started in 2014, when Mike Will Made-It was driving to Coachella with Rae Sremmurd (Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi):

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They decided to have a freestyle session while listening to beats in the car and that's when Swae Lee came up with a hook that Mike would NEVER forget:

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And immediately recorded it, before the idea slipped away:

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So, when they went in the studio, THEY WENT HAM!

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Slim Jxmmi is the man behind the line, "if she fuck me good, I take her ass to Margiela." That was later transformed into the infamous line, "when he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster."

Feeling good about what they just created, Mike sent a raw version of the song to Bey. Then he decided to relax at an NBA game:

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Later, he found himself kicking it with a few of the players at the hotel. Then out of nowhere, Bey and Jay-Z showed up to the room to let Mike know they LOVED the song:

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Next thing you know, Mike and Bey are in the studio vibing and bouncing ideas off of each other. He compared the process to making gumbo.

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Finally, as if collaborating wasn't already a gift in itself, Beyoncé tells him she's going to perform the song at Super Bowl 50.

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And that's how music history was made!

To watch Mike WiLL Made-It's full story, check out the video below. Fans can catch more What Had Happened Was at 1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesdays.

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