On this day in history, Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter, and WizKid broke the internet because of a song titled “Brown Skin Girl.”
The Beyoncé curated new The Lion King: The Gift album is here, and fans are already picking their favorite records. Of course, the standout record is one that features JAY-Z and Bey’s 7-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, who holds down the intro and outro. The track “Brown Skin Girl” also features WizKid and SAINt JHN. The 15th record on The Lion King soundtrack encourages brown girls everywhere to love the color of their skin.
Beyonce, who stars as Nala in the new live-action film, gave shout-outs to iconic women with darker complexions like actress Lupita Nyong’ o, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and model Naomi Campbell.
“Pose like a trophy when Naomis walk in/ She need an Oscar for that pretty dark skin/ Pretty like Lupita when the cameras close in/ Drip broke the levee when my Kellys roll in/ I think tonight she might braid her braids/ Melanin too dark to throw her shade/ She minds her business and winds her waist/ Gold like 24k, okay,” Beyonce sings.
Blue Ivy’s impressive vocals – she’s also listed as a writer on the song – coupled with Beyonce’s affirmation to darker-skinned women across the world to see themselves as beautiful despite societal norms had the internet in a frenzy Friday morning.
Catch some of the reactions below:
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) July 19, 2019
— Raheemat Abdulraheem (@abiss_babe) July 19, 2019
— savannah hays (@savannahhays18) July 19, 2019
Somehow Beyoncé knew we needed an entire album celebrating our BLACKNESS on today of all the days.
Brown Skin Girl is a love song to girls like me and I so needed this! pic.twitter.com/i7OtiPYSma
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) July 19, 2019
— Camilla Westbrooke (@CWest426) July 19, 2019
Brown skin girl has to be the best song off #TheGiftAlbum
Look at the way Wizkid & Beyoncé blend so much. No need for auto tune unlike someone that will constantly shout Shekpe.
— joujou? (@joujoutony2) July 19, 2019
Brown skin girl is such a love song to black women. Thank you Beyoncé.
— Ozzy Etomi (@ozzyetomi) July 19, 2019
Listen to Beyonce, Blue Ivy Carter, and WizKid’s new single “Brown Skin Girl” below.