Attention Beyhive; the wait is over. After weeks of much speculation and teasing, we finally know what Lemonade is. Beyoncé‘s hour-long premiere on HBO was another visual album similar to her self-titled surprise album back in 2013.
Encompassing themes from “Denial,” “Anger,” and “Accountability” to “Hope,” “Forgiveness,” and “Resurrection,” the visual album revolves around Queen Bey narrating about a woman’s torment, inflicted through relationships, infidelity, family, love, and defiance. It may be the singers most political and personal album yet.
The HBO special left the Internet in awe with the persona Beyoncé manifested, using poetry by Warsan Shire and fashion that took the artist back to her roots, from Texas to New Orleans, accompanied by amazing visuals and touching scenes such as a snippet of a speech from Malcolm X and mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. The video features a dominant African-American women cast with appearances from Serena Williams, Zendaya, Amandla Stenberg, as well as Jay Z and daughter, Blue Ivy.
The album was subsequently released exclusively on Tidal–for now, we hope. With 12 tracks in total, including “Formation.” Lemonade features collaborations with artists such as The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, and James Blake.
You can listen to Lemonade here.–TED TALKS