After “The Lion King: The Present” — the African-inspired album that Beyoncé curated as a companion to Disney’s blockbuster film — was launched final summer season, it just about got here and went. Particularly by Bey requirements.
However now “Black Is King” — the brand new visible album that includes music from “The Lion King: The Present” that premiered on Disney+ early Friday — has given new life to the music and the message of that album, which B herself described as “a love letter to Africa.”
Listed here are eight highlights of the pop famous person’s newest must-see occasion:
1. Trying like the image of pure, brown-skin magnificence in a billowy white costume, Beyoncé makes her entrance cradling an toddler on the seashore as she sings “Larger” — an atmospheric ballad that is without doubt one of the actual highlights — as if it have been a lullaby. “We’re a part of one thing, we’re larger,” she sings, and it turns into an actual circle-of-life second with appearances by Bey’s mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, and her 8-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.
2. There’s a cool Afrofuturism to “Discover Your Approach Again,” a percussive dance monitor that’s one other standout. A glittery Bey will get down along with her tribe, and it’s an on the spot reminder of how a lot we’ve missed her in full diva motion. Plus there’s extra Blue Ivy, too — she’s the breakout star of “Black Is King.”
3. Jay-Z makes a memorable entrance rolling up within the backseat of a black convertible, kicking again along with his legs behind the driving force’s head — as one does while you’re Jay-Z. Sporting a black tux, black shades and black bandana round his dreads, he’s the epitome of a black baller. This can be the Mrs. Carter present — however that second is all Hova.
4. Jigga’s joint with Bey, “Temper Four Eva,” is “a complete temper,” as she sings within the monitor. Enjoying like a sequel to their sensible “Apes - - t” video shot on the Louvre, it’s all about black opulence. Beyoncé even has an previous white male servant who brushes her tooth. Flipping the racial script on previous Hollywood glamour, there’s a synchronized-swimming sequence with B and a squad of black females in sparkly pink swimsuits.
5. As in her “Lemonade” movie, Beyoncé’s trend is next-level all through “Black Is King.” She places on a “Mahogany”-esque show of costume modifications in “Temper Four Eva” and different supermodel moments that conjure up the 1975 Diana Ross movie that B additionally referenced in her hit film “Dreamgirls.” Shout-out to costume designer Zerina Akers for making Bey look fierce, flawless and Afro-fabulous.
6. “Already,” which was launched as a music video shortly earlier than “Black Is King” dropped, is worthy of that highlight. Not solely is the choreography popping — with a few of the better of the African-inspired dance strikes right here — however Beyoncé rocks a number of bodysuits that showcase her curves. She even seems to be virtually nude in one in all them (however she isn’t).
7. The richness within the pores and skin tones of black individuals is captured all through “Black Is King” by a bunch of cinematographers, however “Brown Pores and skin Woman” is a particular ode to melanin-blessed magnificence. Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o and Beyoncé’s former Future’s Youngster cohort Kelly Rowland — all of whom B name-checks within the tune — seem right here in all of their brown-skin glory. However it’s Blue Ivy, who sings on the tune, who brings all of it residence.
8. On the finish of the movie, we discover out that “Black Is King” is devoted to Beyoncé’s 3-year-old son, Sir Carter. There’s a candy mother-son second of residence footage as Beyoncé bounces round joyfully with Sir. However her dedication goes past him: “And to all our little children, the son and the moon bow for you. You’re the keys to the dominion.”