Beyoncé’s Formation

Lidia Rios, Public Relations Manager

Debuting as No. 2 on the Billboard Chart, and surprising all her fans Beyoncé released her new single “Formation,” on February 6, the day before her mesmerizing Super B owl performance. “Formation” is unlike anything we have heard or seen from Beyoncé, it is angry, reprimandable, and an aggressive protest that even pays tribute to her southern roots. The video along with the song plays into the Black Lives Matter movement “ a pro-black trap anthem,” as stated in (website). Once the beat picks up and the tempo begins to raise the singer digs into her family heritage, describing her mother’s background as a Louisiana Creole and her father as an African-American man from Alabama. There is a diverse and politicized racial landscape in Louisiana, where Creoles, or descendants of French settlers, are typically considered distinct from black, even if a person has African ancestry. She sings “My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana / You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma.” She then continues to praise her own daughter as well as herself, “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros / I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils / Earned all this money but they never take the country out me / I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.” But she does not stop there she also pays ode to powerful black women: “I see it I want it / I stunt, yeah, little hornet / I grind ’til I own it / I twirl on them haters / Albino Alligators / El Camino with the seat low sipping Cuervo with no chaser / Sometimes I go off, I go hard / Get what’s mine, take what’s mine / I’m a star, I’m a star / Cause I slay, slay, I slay, hey, I slay, okay / I slay.”

If you still have not managed to hear this powerful new song, click play above.