Beyoncé’s New Empowering “Formation” Single & Music Video (Review)

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Beyoncé released a new single that surprised everyone. “Formation” isn’t just another Beyoncé track, but rather a black empowering anthem that has a strong message in the lyrics. Moreover, Beyoncé also released the music video for “Formation” and it has a very powerful symbolic meaning.

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Artwork for “Formation” Single by Beyoncé

The new single is available for download only on Tidal as of now. But the clip was released on YouTube. Watch it below.

Analysis of Beyoncé’s “Formation”

The intro of “Formation” is only two lines.

What happened after New Orleans?
Bitch I’m back by popular demand

The state of New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina and Beyonce recreates this scene. The very beginning of the video shows the singer atop a New Orleans police cruiser submerged in water. This police car, with Beyonce on it, completely sinks at the end of the video.

Y’all hate corny with that illuminati mess
Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh
I’m so reckless when I wear my Givenchy dress (style)
I’m so possessive so I rock her Roc necklaces

The Chorus of “Formation” speaks of Beyoncé’s life as a slap in the face to her detractors. Beyonce is often linked to the Illuminati – most celebrities are. But there is no definitive proof of this. Then she talks about the paparazzi, who never let her have a private moment. She talks about her expensive materialistic possessions such as Givenchy clothes and Rock-A-Fella bling.

My dad Alabama, mom Louisiana
You mix that nigger with that creole to make a Texas bamma

Beyonce talks about her legacy. She is a southerner (“Texas bama”) and her parents’ roots go back to Alabama and Louisiana. Her father was of African-American descent, which she speaks so proudly of in “Formation.”

I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros
I like my nigger nose with the nostrils of the Jackson Five
I made all this money but they never took the country away from me
I got hot sauce in my bag, swag

Beyoncé has frizzy hair (I think!). She went out of her way to make her hair black for the music video for enhanced effect. She loves her heritage, afros. It was claimed that Beyoncé had her nose done, but she denies the fact in the single “Formation”, saying she loves her “nigger nose”. She makes a special reference to the late Michael Jackson (RIP) who underwent surgery to modify parts of his body which caused serious problems with his body. Beyoncé says she loves her nostrils – the nostrils the Jackson Five (MJ’s first band – when he was still black) had.

Beyoncé is now very rich. Her husband, Jay-Z is richer. The music power couple is worth around a billion dollars. But Beyoncé says all that money wouldn’t make her country roots go away. She makes a Texas reference (“I have hot sauce in my bag”) to prove it.

The chorus of the single “Formation” is pretty self-explanatory, which basically means she’s the baddest bitch in the music business right now. We bow down in agreement.

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Screenshot of Beyonce’s “Formation” music video

When he fucks me good, I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I kill
When he fucks me good, I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I kill

These lines speak to the African-American inside Beyonce (No, not Jay-Z, but her heritage). Red Lobster is one of the cheapest places where you can have a good meal. For a power couple like Jay-Z and Beyonce, Red Lobster might seem like an unlikely choice. However, she likes to visit Red Lobster thanks to her peasant roots. She doesn’t want to be swayed by all the wealth she has.

If he hit good, I might take him on a flight on my helicopter, ’cause I kill
Drop him at the mall, let him buy some Js, let him shop, ’cause I kill

A few of the very lucrative things someone of Beyonce’s caliber can do are: take her man for a ride in his own helicopter, let her man go shopping, and buy Jordans.

I might play your song on the radio station, ’cause I kill
I might play your song on the radio station, ’cause I kill

The repetitions of the lines help to intensify the meaning. Beyonce can certainly ask a radio station to play a song by anyone. It’s gotten to this point now.

You might just be a black Bill Gates in the making, ’cause I kill
I might just be a black Bill Gates in the making, ’cause I kill

Beyonce probably won’t reach Bill Gate’s net worth in this lifetime. But it’s empowering to hear someone say it out loud. What confidence!

Ok ladies, now let’s get in formation, I’m killing
Ok ladies, now let’s get into formation
You know that bitch when you cause all this talk
Always be kind, the best revenge is your paper

The last part of “Formation” gives a message from Beyonce. Ladies, get in formation for world conquest. The world is at your feet, you just have to reach out and grab it. Nothing prevents anyone from doing anything. It’s more or less about the perspective you have on everything. So brush up and get in training for world domination! Queen Bey reigns.

When the world is talking about you, you know you have the power to do something positive. Work hard and earn money. Paper (money) speaks in the end. Hit your enemies in the face with the paper you earn.

Beyonce raises two middle fingers to society in

Beyonce raises two middle fingers to society in ‘Formation’ music video

One of the most intense parts of the “Formation” music video is when a row of cops stand in front of a dancing African American boy. This track is about the police brutality that has and is taunting Americans right now. The boy dances some killer moves and at the end he raises his hands – for this the row of policemen also raise their hands. This symbolizes the non-violent approach that the police should adhere to.

5 - Beyoncé’s New Empowering “Formation” Single & Music Video (Review)

“Formation” music video referencing the 2015 Ferguson brutality incident.

This surprise new single drops just before Beyonce is set to perform at the Superbowl 50 Halftime Show. It’s unclear if Yonce will be performing “Formation” at the show, but it would definitely make for a memorable moment if she did.

We are in love with the lyrical work of the song and the beautiful imagery of the music video.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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