This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill. Let’s all get into a formation because Beyoncé just dropped Lemonade and it has us feeling all kinds of ways. An album about something real, something a little less superficial than what you would expect from mainstream music today, and something that is bound to get you thinking, believing in and supporting this movement.
If you’re still recovering from Formation, you need to hurry that process up and log into HBO or Tidal to check out the Queen’s latest. If you can’t muster up a membership, we got you covered. There were many times we had to peel our jaws off the ground from the initial shock, but we managed to collect the top moments that you’ll be surprised to hear about Lemonade:
- The damn album itself… Am I the only one who would appreciate a little notice before having severe heart palpitations?
- That she named a song Sandcastles when her sister’s only big song was named Sandcastles. Straight savage.
- It’s about some pretty real shit. “Most disrespected person in America is the black woman” quoted by Malcom X and followed by a screen full of black women. It’s an album in honour of black women, finally.
- Her home video. It’s cute af.
- That she dropped Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd on us and then just assumed our bodies could handle that much fame. I’m so star-stuck.
- One Republic is salty.
- It’s supposed to be listened to as a whole, just like Pink Floyd’s dark side of the moon. Would seriously recommend listening straight through from start to finish.
- The film storyline is breathtaking. An hour-long and I was glued to the screen the entire time.
- Serena Williams makes a cameo. YAAAS
- Daddy Lessons sounds Folky and it’s all about dads, we love it.
- That the whole “Lemonade” thing isn’t completely random. It all ties together at the end with one quote “I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” S L A Y
- The visuals had nothing to do with Beyoncé at all. Photos being held by loved ones of their beloved black men killed by police or vigilantes had a powerful message.
- It defies all mass media we’ve grown accustomed to. No Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus nonsense here.
- Bey TWEETED…yep it’s true. First time in 3 years folks.
As a white 20-something girl, I really don’t know the struggles faced in this video, and I won’t pretend for a second that I do. But I will say this:
This has power.