The singer shared a snippet of her new music along with this picture on Sound cloud.

Fans have been waiting eagerly for her new music since the release of '4' in 2011.

But if Beyoncé's new taster track Bow Down/I Been On is anything to go by her forthcoming album is bound to be controversial.

The Single Ladies hitmaker posted a snippet of the album along with a picture of herself as a child in a room full of trophies on her official website.

The cocky song features the lyrics: "I know when you were little girls/ You dreamed of being in my world/ Don't forget it, don't forget it/ Respect that, Bow down b*****s.

In the four-minute clip the lyrics also refer to her relationship with husband Jay-Z: "I took my time to live my life/ But don't think I'm just his little wife/ Don't get it twisted/ This is my s**t."

The sample from her O2 Priority promo video can also be heard on the new clip.

The lyrics have provoked heated debate and divided fans.

One fan said: "I like when she curses! Lmao. I like the song, def not somthin you would expect from her."

Others branded it offensive and accused the singer of lowering her standards to compete with the likes of Rihanna.

"I don't like this song at all. It sounds too hood and ghetto for Beyoncé. Using all those curse words and acting like some hussy from off the street. Beyoncé is really lowering her standards. I used to think she was classy. But not so much now." said one.

Another added: "How can u sing at the president's inauguration then release this disgusting, offensive song, Beyoncé? I'm genuinely shocked."

Beyoncé made headlines earlier this month after promotional images for her forthcoming Mrs Carter world tour surfaced online showing her looking lighter-skinned than usual.

Critics claimed that the latest look of Queen B could undermine the confidence of darker-skinned black women and make them feel ashamed of their colour.

The Mrs Carter Tour kicks off in Belgrade on 15 April.