Get into formation, please.

Beyonce-Formation picSo, as you may know, Beyoncé’s new song ‘Formation’ and the video accompanying it have been making viral ripples. She performed it recently at the Super bowl and my first reaction was Beyoncé again? Nevertheless, it was a spectacular watch.

The song has been hailed a black empowerment anthem- and even a feminist anthem by some; both of which I would agree to an extent. However, to me this song is mainly about Beyoncé herself. She embraces her roots, confronts rumours about her; and sets the record clear that she’s black and proud. The social statement itself- is within the video. The video contains scenes alluding to her Creole ancestry, hurricane Katrina and police brutality. Her call for women to step up and reach her heights is refreshing- a stark contrast, I might add from degrading women and barking ‘bow down b*****s’.

A former mayor’s response to the Super bowl performance was that it was disrespectful to police and that (I paraphrase) black people need to learn how to start respecting police. Yes, I know- I did an eye roll too upon hearing it. Police, in general, do a great job in society. It may come across rude but surely that is expected? Criticising police brutality isn’t shunning the bravery and great job regular police officers do. We’re showing our disapproval of the corrupt bunch that abuse their power. Respect is a mutual thing; and if A shows respect to B but vice versa is not the case, then you almost feel like that respect is being wasted. Also, let’s not forget this distrust of authority in black communities goes a long way back (i.e. Rodney King). It is most likely not a cause of police brutality, but a product of it.

I’ve always thought celebrities, in particular, black singers need to make more of a social statement within their music. These days songs are too cliché to even bare- I mean, do we even need to hear another verse about how rich or attractive you are? No Sir, we don’t. However, I am aware of a trend of passivity of opinion amongst many celebs. They don’t like to hold views that may be too radical, or extreme for the fear of being too controversial. Kanye is an exception, of course. Gone are the days of Lauryn Hill and Marvin Gaye, where social commentary was the norm.

I mean, I’m not expecting these black musicians to suddenly become political scientists. However, I don’t think staying in a bubble of your wealth and ignoring social issues in your own backyard benefits anyone either. Whether you like or hate ‘Formation’- (as quoted in the lyric at the start) – Beyoncé is instigating conversation. Just one song can make the difference, folks.

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Music as we know it is going downhill. We all know it and pretty much all we can do is sit and watch as it does so.

Most songs are senseless, sex orientated or both. But every once in a while a song bubbles and appears on the surfaces of the murky swamp waters which are the music industry as we know it. These are jewels, songs unlike those around them that hold personality and charm and are savored by critics and listeners alike until they sink back to the bottom of the waters where the unpopular songs lie- as all songs do (it’s part of their life cycle).

I’m quite fussy with music is decide to indulge and devote my liking too. Firstly, they have to have some sort of meaning, I want to be able to walk down the street listening to it philosophically pondering on its meaning. After all music is art, just like books and films- both these forms of art are always closely analysed in order to make sense of them and find meaning. Music to me is no different. Secondly, I prefer not to listen to explicit songs- they bring images to mind one would rather not think about on a daily basis.


Here are my songs of the moment:

-Team by Lorde

‘And everyone’s competing for a love they won’t receive…’

Lorde seems to a frequent producer of ‘jewels’,valuable songs that to me seem rich in content and have amazing arrangements. The point in this song where the beat kicks is a particular highlight for me. Her voice seems to have Gothic and airy feel about it, which I love plus she’s young fresh talent that accurately represents that generation she’s from- mine.

-Pretty Hurts by Beyonce

‘Perfection is a disease of a nation…’

Beyonce’s new album is not bad at all, amazing vocals as usual. Obviously I haven’t all the songs so I’m only speaking with the knowledge in mind of the song I have heard. This song doesn’t really require any hard decoding to figure out it’s meaning, its meaning is pretty much surface based- we have turned into a nation that loves appearance too much. Our expectations rely on appearance and for the many that don’t meet these expectations they either suffer or go through extreme lengths to meet this unachievable ideal society’s possess of what a person should be.

I love the video for it, especially the part were Beyonce is smashing all her trophies- go girl! I also like the whole pageant aspect of the video and I think overall, Beyonce is a very interesting person in terms of what she thinks of this subject- considering the fact her job relies on her appearance and all. Other songs I like: Heaven, Blue and Mine ft Drake.

Sorry I haven’t been posting often, I i’ll try to make my posts more frequent….


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