Beyonce is trending the world over after unleashing her new project ‘The Lion: The Gift.’
A companion compilation for ‘The Lion King’ movie which Queen Bey stars in as Nala, the project is touted as a “love letter to Africa” and thematically mirrors the narrative of the film.
Ahead of its release, the superstar singer promised it’d sound like sonic cinema and enlisted an eclectic mix of African and US talent to bring her vision to fruition.
Fatured are the likes of Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Shatta Wale, Tekno, and Yemi Alade.
Joining them are American stars such as Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, and Childish Gambino – who stars alongside Bey in the film as Simba. Rising stars Tierra Whack and Jessie Reyez also appear.
Having played the album earnest, join us below as we share That Grape Juice’s Top 5 Songs…
My Power (Beyonce w/ Yemi Alade, Tierra Whack, Moonchild Sanelly, & Busiwa)
The uptemo we’ve been waiting on from Mrs Carter. It’s hard-hitting, a dance anthem, and manages to pack empowering lyrics too. A whole bop.
Brown Skin Girl (Beyonce w/ Wizkid, Blue Ivy, & Saint JHN)
Anthemic, melodic, and oh so timely. If ‘Pretty Hurts’ had a more seasoned, more flavorsome, and more nuanced sister, this would be she. An absolute gem of a jam, one we’re hopeful gets the single-wide treatment.
Already (Beyonce w/ Major Lazer & Shatta Wale)
Few could have a predicted a Beyonce x Shatta Wale collab, even on a project of this variety. And yet their chemistry is undeniable. Both ride the Major Lazer beat with ease. A magnetic listen and a plausible summer smash.
Mood 4 Eva (Beyonce w/ Jay-Z & Childish Gambino)
With such an eye-grabbing title and notable guest stars, this almost had to deliver and it more than does. Sonically, it’s perhaps the most familiar/commercially viable for those slow to embrace the project’s deep Afro lean. While some still feel a way about ‘Everything Is Love,’ we actually feel Jay-Z stole the show here. His verse entertains, educates, and elevates.
Don’t Jealous Me (Yemi Alade, Tekno, Mr Eazi)
Like most, we’ve been thirsty in earnest for new Beyonce since ‘Lemonade.’ Hence are lapping up the vast majority of the tracks she anchors here. That said, as a multi-act body of work, this project truly excels with several of the songs she doesn’t feature on being on par with those she does. Nigerian supernovas Yemi Alade, Tekno, and Mr Eazi make for a formidable trio on this high-octane jam. The drums and drip drill the hypnotic melody into the mind and render this an instant bop.
What do you think of our picks? Most importantly…