Beyonce is… We mean Black. Black is King, is all the hype as Onyx Room Nightclub celebrates diversity and ancestry, we know that this visual album will be something we all look forward and look up too!
Like any great artist, Beyoncé knows when her public needs her most: Now, as pandemic-induced anxiety and depression rage on, the 24-time Grammy winner has released a brand-new visual album. Titled Black Is King and based on the soundtrack for the 2019 Lion King remake, the album serves as a “celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience,” according to a statement from Disney+.
Anticipation for Black Is King has been high since Beyoncé released a trailer on YouTube in mid-July, and its arrival more than delivers: The album features cameos from Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, and Jay-Z, as well as four full-length videos for the tracks “Already,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Mood 4 Eva,” and “My Power.” Beyoncé was the director and executive producer of the album, referring to it on Instagram as “my passion project that I have been filming, researching, and editing day and night for the past year” and adding, “The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant.” (In case you had any doubt about just how personal the project is for Beyoncé, watch for the scene-stealing cameos from her three children, Blue Ivy, Sir, and Rumi Carter.)
Beyoncé just released the album—which was shot across New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London, and Belgium—on Friday, but it’s already gaining an intense following, particularly on social media. Below, find some of our favorite Twitter responses to the long-awaited arrival of Black Is King.