Are we moving away from the gangster inspired, self indulgent, popular music tracks, to a genre with a distinct social conscience?
Last year saw the release of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a butterfly and D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, both albums dealing with black issues such as identity and the death of young black men at the hands of police. And last week we saw Beyonce Knowles bring politics to the Super Bowl stage with her new song Formation. The message was clear, black pride! The lyrics , “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros. I like my Negros nose with Jackson Five Nostrils”, are a clear departure form Beyonce’s normally upbeat dance tracks.
The video is also keen to provoke a reaction as Beyonce highlights the ongoing devastation of hurricane Katrina as she sits atop a sinking police car, abandoned in a flooded neighbourhood.
So thumbs up or down for this new political pop?
Whilst her regular fans may have preferred her to drop a more upbeat commercial dance track, Beyonce is certainly going to grab attention with this release and we salute her for it!