Beyoncé is known for releasing her projects with no warning and we all know she doesn’t have to. We were fortunate enough to get a fair amount of warning for Lemonade and the release is now upon us and its great! Released via an HBO collaboration not only did Queen Bey bless us with a new album but we got an excited hour long visual film featuring appearances by many prominent women of color, such as Serena Williams, Amandla Stenberg, Quvenzhané Wallis, Winnie Harlow Zendaya, Ibeyi and the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner.
The 12-track album covers a array of different genres and features appearances by Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake, and Kendrick Lamar. The album credits also features a long list of other notable names who helped put this album together—including Diplo, Ezra Koenig, Emile Haynie, Father John Misty, MeLo-X, Hit-Boy, The-Dream, Mike Dean, Just Blaze, Jon Brion, and many more.
Lemonade also gives writing credit to Soulja Boy and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for interpolations of “Turn My Swag On” and “Maps” on the second track, “Hold On.” The Jack White-featuring track “Don’t Hurt Yourself” features a sample of Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks.” Elements of Outkast’s “Spottieottiedopaliscious” can also be heard on the eleventh track, “All Night.” In other words, Beyoncé offers up a well-rounded body of work with her latest release.
Lemonade is now available on Tidal. Check it out here.