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Beyoncé – ‘Formation’
Beyoncé is back; and as usual she’s made an almighty entrance!
‘Formation’, which takes its roots in the Bounce genre (New Orleans hip hop), was actually spread by word-of-mouth and was not promoted by traditional methods – it was also released on the eve of her Super Bowl 50 performance.
Lyrically this song sees Beyoncé embracing her black heritage however perhaps she could’ve visually embraced it, in the ways she mentions lyrically, in the video!
The song hasn’t actually been released on Spotify and the video is unlisted on Beyoncé‘s YouTube channel, but you can download the single, for free, from her hubby, Jay-Z‘s new steaming venture, Tidal.
The video has also been gaining a lot of press recently, supposedly for holding some sort of anti-police message. That, twinned with her recent Super Bowl performance in which American Police state she dressed in Black Panther Party attire; notorious for their confrontations with the police. As such, several police unions are calling for United States police officers to boycott Ms Carter’s upcoming tour…we await further news on this!
‘Formation’ is available for free download from Tidal right now! – https://beyonce.tidal.com
Rihanna – ‘Work’ featuring Drake
Not only has one pop queen released a new song, but so has Rihanna!
‘Work’ is a dancehall/reggae-pop track, to its very core and is taken from Rihanna‘s eighth studio album, Anti.
There is something endearingly simplistic about this song – it has an air of unfinished beauty about it, as her pronunciation of certain words is imperfect (in a good way). The video also features hip hop artist Drake‘s sultry vocals.
The music video has only just been released and is actually comprised of two videos; one directed by Director X and the other by Tim Erem. If I’m completely honest though, it is rather uneventful – just some twerking and more of RiRi ramming the fact she smokes marijuana (and is apparently proud of it) down our throats and then in the second video she is wearing a see-through top where her breasts are pretty much in plain sight – I was expecting something more epic and interesting to be honest! What do you think?
‘Work’ can be downloaded on iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/work-feat.-drake/id1079130218?i=1079131934
What do you think of these two massive tunes? How about the controversy surrounding Beyoncé right now? Were you as let-down by the ‘Work’ video as I was? Please share this post on your social media accounts.
Matt – Muzik Speaks