In a released press statement, Knowles described her work of art as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief, and healing.”

She’d even gotten more personal about it on her 30th birthday, in an Instagram post announcing that she’d finally completed it just hours before the milestone celebration.

“Don’t eveeer let anyone write your story for you,” she captioned the post, after giving a timeline of her lifetime milestones. “They can talk, they can doubt, and they can say what they wanna, but only you have the words to narrate this ting we call life. So much gratitude for all of your wishes. So much gratitude for love. So much gratitude for freedom. So much gratitude for life. ”

The stars, meanwhile, have been buzzing with excitement.