Beyoncé Debuts New Visual Album 'Black Is King'

Music based on ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ with contributions from JAY-Z, Kelly Rowland and many more.

By
Music
14,162 Hypes 19 Comments

It’s here. Beyoncé returns with her long-awaited, highly-anticipated new visual album Black Is King, available to stream now exclusively via The Lion King: The Gift (for which she just released the deluxe edition of earlier today) — it originally served as the companion piece to Disney’s CGI remake of the iconic movie. Beyoncé voiced Nala in the film and tapped back into that energy for her latest offering.

Black Is King was written, directed, executive produced by Beyoncé with contributions from husband JAY-Z, Kelly Rowland, Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o and mother Tina Knowles-Lawson. The collaborative effort also taps multiple directors like Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, Pierre Debusschere, Ibra Ake, Dikayl Rimmasch, Jake Nava, and Kwasi Fordjour.

The expansive undertaking features filming locales around the world with stops in New York, Los Angeles, London, Belgium, South Africa and West Africa. Beyoncé’s production company Parkwood Entertainment detailed that the visual album took an entire year to create. She previewed the visual album through a number of teasers, trailers and videos — the latest being her “Already” video.

In a recent press release, Black Is King “reimagines the lessons of The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns.” The project is “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience.” It highlight “the voyages of Black families, throughout time” and tell the story of “a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture.” With a runtime of 85 minutes, songs are accompanied by skits, intricate dance choreography and stunning cinematography. Full-length videos for “Already,” “Brown Skin Girl,” “Mood 4 Eva” and “My Power” are among the numerous highlights.

Earlier this year, Beyoncé premiered her single “Black Parade” in celebration of Juneteenth with proceeds going to support Black-owned businesses through a new initiative on her website. She also penned an open letter to Kentucky’s Attorney General demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. Her appearance of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” Remix helped the track hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Jean-Michel Basquiat Work Sells for $10.8 Million USD, Sets In-App Purchase Record
Arts

Jean-Michel Basquiat Work Sells for $10.8 Million USD, Sets In-App Purchase Record

Showcasing the success of Loïc Gouzer’s new auction app called Fair Warning.

COMME des GARÇONS Grants Official Look at Nike Air Carnivore Sneakers
Footwear

COMME des GARÇONS Grants Official Look at Nike Air Carnivore Sneakers

The reflective HOMME PLUS collaboration launches ahead of Spring/Summer 2021.

Nike SB Blazer and Janoski Round Out the "Sashiko" Pack
Footwear

Nike SB Blazer and Janoski Round Out the "Sashiko" Pack

Alongside a new version of Kyrie Irving’s Kyrie S2 Hybrid.


Billionaire Spotify CEO Wants Musicians to Work Harder, Stop Complaining About Streaming Royalties
Music

Billionaire Spotify CEO Wants Musicians to Work Harder, Stop Complaining About Streaming Royalties

“You can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough.”

Anti Social Social Club Joins Cactus Plant Flea Market and UNDEFEATED for FW20
Fashion

Anti Social Social Club Joins Cactus Plant Flea Market and UNDEFEATED for FW20

Complete imagery of the two collaborations and ASSC’s FW20 collection.

Shohei Otomo Illustrates the Seven Legendary Swords in New Print Edition
Arts

Shohei Otomo Illustrates the Seven Legendary Swords in New Print Edition

Available as a set of seven.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. By adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.