Queen Bey is back! So ladies please get in formation! It’s been a whirlwind few days in terms of Beyoncé hype, we got a music video, an epic Super Bowl performance and a tour announcement. And Formation as a single does not disappoint.
Opening with ad-lib from the late Messy Mya, stating “What happened after New Orleans? Bitch, I’m back by popular demand” before commencing with a strong textured melody and an ever stronger message. Throughout Formation Beyoncé takes big swings at the haters and illuminati conspiracy theorists that have plagued the internet on and off for years. This slick instrumental arrangement continues until it evolves with more R&B melodies coming into the infectious, driven chorus, as Beyoncé states, “I dream it, I work hard, I grind ‘til I own it.”
It musically references the effortless attitude of her hit ‘Drunk In Love’, with a similar bold groove and a beat that showcases her deep croon and powerful spoken word verses. With Bey paying some serious homage to her roots, Formation serves as an assertive celebration of her culture, and will certainly be an influential Black Power anthem. And ultimately, she said it herself, “I Slay”, and she’s not wrong. Step back because 2016 looks to be yet another big year for Beyoncé.