Where do we even begin?? Well, we can start here: Beyoncé DID that. Once again working in secret (or at least semi-secret because there were rumors floating around that she was taping a video) Queen Bey released both a new single and video for Mike Will Made-It produced “Formation.” Stunting on us all she rocks out of sight cornrows, fur coats, an all-black “I’m killing you hoes” ensemble, a denim two piece, and then on top of it all a couple of creole goddess pieces just letting us know she is that chick. New Orleans offers a plethora of images that just cannot be duplicated elsewhere and shows off part of her heritage as she gravelly (with an extra drawn out southern drawl) tells us
"My daddy Alabama
My mama Louisiana
You mix that negro with that Creole
Make a Texas bama.”
Then she gives us glimpses of her too-cute daughter, Blue, rocking the realest ‘fro, singing
"I like my baby in baby hairs and an Afro
I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils"
These lyrics with the politically charged images of a young black boy in a hoodie dancing in front of a police squad and then Beyoncé herself being baptized in Louisiana water on top of a police car is just … yes. I mean, Happy Black History Month y'all! Beyoncé is shutting down everyone who says she isn’t connected to her black audience – not only is she connected, but she is using her platform to artfully critique the problems while still showing black beauty. I can go on, but that’s another article for another time. All I’m going to say now is tomorrow’s halftime performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars is finna be lit.
Check out Beyoncé’s new video and stream it via TIDAL