The project has been dominate the music space since its release on Saturday night. The two first singles off the album, “Pray You Catch Me” and “Hold Up” were infused with reggae.
Check out some of the lyrics:
“Something don’t feel right / Because it ain’t right / Especially comin’ up after midnight / I smell your secret, and I’m not too perfect / To ever feel this worthless / How did it come down to this? / Going through your call list / I don’t wanna lose my pride, but I’ma f**k me up a b**ch / Know that I kept it sexy, and know I kept it fun / There’s something that I’m missing, maybe my head for one,” Beyonce sings over a reggae beat.
“Hold Up” was produced by Diplo, Ezra Koeing and Beyonce herself. Diplo of Major Lazer is known to produced reggae/dancehall infused singles that eventually becomes huge hits.
But Beyonce is not new to injecting Jamaican music into her own music. Back in 2011 she released “Run The World (Girls)” which was co-written by Vybz Kartel. That track also sampled Kartel’s single “Pon De Floor” which co-incidentally was produced by Major Lazer. That track peaked at No. 29 on Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold in the U.S.
LEMONADE is projected to sell between 500,000 and 600,000 in the first week. It will be interesting to see how Beyonce’s new album match up to Drake’s new project Views From The 6, which will be released on Friday.
The album LEMONADE was released exclusively on TIDAL but is now available on Apple Music, Amazon, and Spotify.
Beyonce will be going on her “Formation World Tour” starting in Miami on Wednesday April 27.